October 17, 2021
"Never again" is a slogan associated with the Holocaust and other genocides. The phrase may come from a 1927 poem by Yitzhak Lamdan, which said: "Masada will never fall again!" This slogan was used by the liberated prisoners of the Buchenwald concentration camp to express anti-fascist sentiments. The exact meaning of the phrase is being debated, including whether it should be used as a slogan to prevent a second Holocaust, or whether it is a universal prohibition of all forms of genocide. It was adopted as a slogan by Meir Kahane's Jewish Defense League. The phrase is widely used by politicians and writers, and is also used on many Holocaust memorials. However, some commentators say the phrase is empty, used too often, and does not reflect the reality of the numerous genocides that have taken place since the Holocaust. It has also been used as a political slogan for other purposes, from commemorating the Argentine coup of 1976, promoting gun control, abortion rights, and as a counter-terrorism slogan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.