In this edition of our Discovery Series, the TEI affords visitors an opportunity to examine other human tragedies that are – in our estimation – congruous, perhaps not as well known, but certainly horrifying upon analysis.
The position of the TEI is that there are large segments of the human family that have been targeted for mass destruction campaigns.
The effects of these mass destruction campaigns are felt to this very day by the populations targeted by the aggressors.
We are not involved in a vainglorious attempt to triumph in a senseless battle for supremacy in the area of victimology.
This does not give one the liberty to distort the facts.
As an organization committed to the establishment of truth, this would be inconsistent with our aims and goals as well as unethical.
Many others throughout history have been targeted for population elimination and anytime this happens, while tragic, it is not unique.
While not an attempting to diminish the suffering visited upon any groups or individuals, we believe that no one maintains a monopoly on human suffering.
To begin effectively, let us begin with a definition of the word “holocaust.”
And to be fair, we will take the definition created by those who have seized the term.
The destruction of some 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their followers in Europe between the years 1933-1945. Other individuals and groups were persecuted and suffered grievously during this period, but only the Jews were marked for complete and utter annihilation. The term “Holocaust” – literally meaning “a completely burned sacrifice” – tends to suggest a sacrificial connotation to what occurred. The word Shoah, originally a Biblical term meaning widespread disaster, is the modern Hebrew equivalent.
Now, according to the above listed definition provided by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this is the definition of the word ‘holocaust.”
Here is a definition taken from the Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary:
a. A sacrifice consumed by fire; a thorough destruction by fire;
b. holocaust – from the Greek word holokauston; burnt whole, burnt, or to burn.
holo/hol – from Greek word holos; whole; complete; totally.
caust – from Greek work kaustos; burnt
Pronunciation: ‘hO-l&-“kost, ‘hä- also -“käst or ‘ho-l&-kost
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French holocauste, from Late Latin holocaustum, from Greek holokauston, from neuter of holokaustos burnt whole, from hol- + kaustos burnt, from kaiein to burn — more at CAUSTIC
Date: 13th century
1 : a sacrifice consumed by fire
2 : a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire <a nuclear holocaust>
3 a often capitalized : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II — usually used with the b : a mass slaughter of people; especially: GENOCIDE
Source: Merriam Webster On-Line Dictionary:
According to the above-mentioned dictionary definition, ‘holocaust’ refers to: a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life.
Clearly this can refer to many groups of people.