Finkelstein on Holocaust Exploitation Part 1

By Ingrid Rimland

 

Augist 3, 2000

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

Some folks in the Revisionist community are a bit unhappy that the recent major breakthrough in our mission to demolish the Holocaust monster is credited not to one of our own - but to a Jew. Unless people live on the moon, they know by now that I speak of Dr. Norman Finkelstein and his sensational exposÚ, "The Holocaust Industry" - hot off the press and already for weeks in the center of a political storm of splendid fury and vigor.

Not me. I am glad to sit back and enjoy it. I agree with Ernst Zundel on this one when I asked how he took the latest: "I feel like a kid in a candy store. I can barely keep up with the glorious news. Imagine all these politically incorrect things being said by these Jews in their angst. . . Nonetheless, this Finkelstein fellow is gutsy!"

What follows is, again, a two-part Zundelsite style ZGram about just one of many, many articles about this extraordinary book, just spiked with spicy quotes. This one appeared in the London Evening Standard on July 11, 2000, penned by one by Victor Sebestyan.

London Evening Standard:

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering.

Holocaust 'industry' attacked

Doctor Norman Finkelstein, a humanities professor at Columbia University in New York, claims some Jewish leaders are exploiting the Holocaust and peddling deliberate lies about Nazi atrocities.

He argues that the pursuit of reparations from Swiss banks and German industrialists for survivors of the death camps is "an outright extortion racket" which will result in an increase of anti-semitism in Europe and America; that the majority of people who claim to have survived the concentration camps are fakes, and that it is time to call a halt to building new Holocaust memorials and museums, such as the exhibition opened by the Queen at the Imperial War Museum last month.

Zundelsite:

No article like this could have appeared in England before the Irving Trial. Something has shifted - either at the top or at the bottom of British Society - to make it possible for words like these to appear publicly in print. It seems that it was only yesterday that Ernst and a few other courageous Revisionists dared to use phrases like "peddling deliberate lies" "extortion racket" "fake survivors" etc. when referring to the exploitation by Jewish leaders, authors or radio and TV personalities of unproven allegations against the Germans in World War II.

Never ever before were words like these used by mainstream newspapers or bona fide accredited academics still holding a teaching position! Least of all Jews! Let no one say that Revisionist inroads haven't been made in some of the most unexpected minds!

London Evening Standard:

But [Finkelstein's] most controversial challenge to world Jewry is an attack on the article of faith held by Jews and gentiles throughout the West - that the Holocaust was a unique event that cannot be compared with anything else in history. This belief, argues Finkelstein, which few people dare to challenge, is ruthlessly being used by Jews to justify Israel's appalling human rights record and create an environment of fear where nobody, either in academia or politics, can discuss the Holocaust honestly and rationally.

Zundelsite:

Amazing turn of events! Only revisionist publications or a few Arab papers or Palestinian commentators have, so far, dared to make these kinds of comparisons.

The Wiesenthalers must be writhing on the floor and rending their garments!

London Evening Standard:

Only a Jew could have written this book and found a reputable publisher for it. Only a Jew could have been brave enough to call it The Holocaust Industry, a title which in itself will cause offence. If David Irving had made these claims, he might have found himself once again appearing in the Royal Courts of Justice; the leader of US Muslims Louis Farrakhan would have been placed by American public opinion even further beyond the pale and if J÷rg Haider had spoken like this, he would have ensured yet harsher EU sanctions against Austria.

Zundelsite:

That is exactly right. Only a Jew - a Jew with immense courage! - could have uttered such words and gotten them printed in the press - and lived to see them printed. A Gentile would have been mercilessly hounded, spat on, beaten by hoodlums, bombed, burned, charged with a hate crime, tried, sentenced and convicted!

London Evening Standard:

Yet it is hard to level against Finkelstein one of the vilest charges that can be made against anybody in a liberal democracy: Holocaust denial. His father and mother were survivors of the Warsaw ghetto and Nazi death camps and all the rest of their family were exterminated at Treblinka. He is a product of the Holocaust, which, he claims, is why he is battling against its use "not to remember Jewish martyrdom, but for the purposes of Jewish aggrandizement".

Zundelsite:

Now watch what is happening here! Even for Finkelstein, the "Holocaust" can be trotted out as a shield!

Will its mantra protect either Finkelstein or Sebestyan - or, for that matter, the London Evening Standard? Will it protect Verso, the left-wing, radical publisher of Finkelstein's book? Time will tell. The vilification circus has barely begun.

London Evening Standard:

Finkelstein's tone is often angry and scathing. Sometimes he over-states his case or uses language so far removed from normal academic discourse that some might be tempted to doubt his credentials. But he deserves to be heard, and not only because of his background. He is making some profound points that many younger and more thoughtful Jews have quietly been attempting to debate, but whose voices have been stilled by the establishment, particularly in the US.

Zundelsite:

Ernst Zundel has been hounded in Canadian Courts for 20 years and is currently before a Canadian Human Rights Commission ***for the last four years*** at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his own pocket (and millions for taxpaying Canadians!) - for saying far less than what Finkelstein is saying.

As we all know, Zundel is accused of "hate mongering", of "hurting Jewish egos and feelings." Will Finkelstein be charged next? Will his important book be banned?

Word has already come that some US distributors pretend they never heard of it. In Switzerland the title was #5 on the bestseller list before it was even released.

London Evening Standard:

The Holocaust, he argues, was barely mentioned in America, or anywhere outside the Jewish State, for the first two decades after the war, when memories were freshest. "I do not remember the Nazi Holocaust ever intruding on my childhood. The main reason for this was that no one outside my family seemed to care about what happened," he says.

Zundelsite:

Since nothing much was said when memories were freshest, and anger and pain for allegedly inflicted injustices would have been felt most keenly, does it not stand to reason to think that maybe nothing much out of the ordinary happened to the real inmates? Many, as we have known for decades, were simply interned like millions of Germans, Japanes, Italians, Russians etc. Unfortunately, the fakes and exploiters saw a way to become famous while making a hefty criminal buck.

London Evening Standard:

It was only after the Six-Day War in 1967 that the Holocaust "industry" began to boom. "I sometimes think that the worst thing that ever happened to the Nazi Holocaust was that American Jewry discovered it."

Zundelsite:

Professor Novick, also a Jewish academic, stated in his book, The Holocaust in American Life, that the emergence of the so-called "Holocaust" was a calculated, deliberately orchestrated policy by Israel and American Jewish organizations to make the Holocaust central to their political and ethnic agenda in the world. The Holocaust wasn't "discovered". It was designed and promoted.

London Evening Standard:

This "discovery", insists Finkelstein, had nothing to do with fear for the survival of Israel, which after all had spectacularly smashed its enemies in under a week and occupied land along its borders seven times its own size.

Zundelsite:

So why was it adopted, then - this deliberate swindle, scam and extortion racket elevated to national policy?

Because it was lucratice - and off-limits to verification. It was a political shield behind which to hide and advance the Israeli and Jewish organizations agenda - all at the same time. What other conclusion can rational thinkers come to?

London Evening Standard:

The Holocaust was "reinvented" mainly to underpin US strategic interests. Israel became America's surrogate in the Middle-East and the Holocaust was used to justify the alliance and, later, Israel's policy towards its Arab neighbours.

Zundelsite:

Don't blame America for this! Israel and the Diaspora Jewish leaders came up with the plan. The US merely found it convenient and useful - as a pretext for its own actions and policies.

(Tomorrow: Part II - The Holocaust as an indispensible ideological weapon)

 

 

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