Ireland's vicarious relationship to Holocaust

Last night, I came across this from Paul Arthur’s erudite examination of the multiple relationships within these islands. It may have some bearing on the various domestic controversies that have kicked around in Ireland on Holocaust Memorial Day:

“Her neutral stance during World War II may have damaged her international interests; at the very least it damaged her pyschologically. When Harold Laski argued in 1951 that ‘the real alternative to the House of Commons is the concentration camp’ it is conceivable that his meaning would have been lost on those Irish political leaders who had endured only vicariously the ravages of war. By remaining outside the hostilities ‘Dark Rosaleen’ placed herself in a lower division of the international order”.

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