[Fwd: [sixties-l] alternative spellings and history]

From: William M. Mandel (wmmmandel@earthlink.net)
Date: 12/06/00

  • Next message: Michael Rossman: "[sixties-l] Who recalls FSM's impact on other campuses?"

    "William M. Mandel" wrote:
    > "William M. Mandel" wrote:
    > > I have to disagree strongly. The word "HOlocaust" has, most unfortunately, not
    > > lost the Zionist connotation, if by that one means that it pertains solely to the
    > > holocaust suffered by Jews. For decades, the efforts of Zionists and of Israel to
    > > limit the use of the term to Jews alone established that connection firmly in the
    > > minds of the general public. That remains the case, except among Armenians and
    > > Gypsies. That is why I do not capitalize it when not limited to the Jews, of whom
    > > I am one. As a matter of fact, perhaps it would be best to identify the ethnic or
    > > other group one has in mind, as a modifier of the word, in which case
    > > capitalization would make the point even more strongly.
    > >                                                         Bill Mandel
    > >
    > > PNFPNF@aol.com wrote:
    > >
    > > > In a recent post, Bill Mandel noted using the word "holocaust" not
    > > > "Holocaust" to refer to certain events of the early 1940s; while I understand
    > > > the wish to avoid the Zionist use of the latter spelling/capitalization, I
    > > > tend--with, I think, most folks--to the capitalized form much as one uses
    > > > other terms for major historic events, periods, etc., without necessarily
    > > > commitment to a view some originators of the term may have held (e.g.,
    > > > "Reformation")--at least where, as here, the lowercase term has a separate,
    > > > only barely overlapping, meaning.   In any case, however "Holocaust"
    > > > originated, the term as generally used has lost the Zionist connotations, to
    > > > my knowledge.
    > > >   Oh well, this has as much to do with the 60s as have 2/3 the election
    > > > posts.
    > > >    Paula

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : 12/06/00 EST