- Note: One of the most controversial books in
decades, 'The Holocaust Industry', continues to cause anger and
consternation among readers in Europe and America. The following are a
sampling of quotes from Professor Finkelstein's (City University of
New York) book:
- "The Holocaust" is an ideological representation of
the Nazi holocaust. Like most ideologies, it bears a connection, if
tenuous, with reality. The Holocaust is not an arbitrary, but rather
an internally coherent construct. Its central dogmas sustain
significant political and class interests. Indeed, The Holocaust has
proven to be an indispensable ideological weapon. Through its
deployment, one of the world s most formidable military powers, with a
horrendous human rights record, has cast itself as a 'victim' state,
and the most successful ethnic group in the United States has likewise
acquired victim status. Considerable benefits accrue to this specious
victimhood - in particular, immunity to criticism, however justified.
" (Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry published by Verso, London and
New York (2000) (p 3)).
- Some further quotes:
- "In an authoritative study, Leonard Dinnerstein
reported: Sixty thousand Jews.. walked out of the concentration camps.
Within a week more than 20,000 of them had died.". But 'As it entered
into negotiations with Germany [just two years ago, in 1999], the
Holocaust industry demanded compensation for 135,000 still living
former (camp inmates)."
- On page 83 he notes that "The Israeli Prime
Minister's office recently put the number of "living Holocaust
survivors" at nearly a million."
- On page 127, he further notes "If 135,000 former
Jewish slave laborers are still alive today, some 600,000 must have
survived the war. That's at least a half-million more than standard
estimates... If Jews only constituted 20% of the surviving camp
population and, as the Holocaust industry implies, 600,000 Jewish
inmates survived the war, then fully 3 million inmates in total must
have survived. By the Holocaust industry's reckoning, concentration
camp conditions couldn't have been that harsh at all; in fact, one
must suppose a remarkably high fertility and remarkably low mortality
rate... If, as the Holocaust industry suggests, many hundreds of
thousands of Jews survived, the Final Solution couldn't have been so
efficient after all - exactly what Holocaust deniers argue."
- "Both my father and my mother were survivors of the
Warsaw ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps.. One of my father's
lifelong friends was a former inmate with him in Auschwitz, a
seemingly incorruptible left-wing idealist who on principle refused
German compensation after the war. Eventually, he became a director of
the Israeli Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. Reluctantly, and with
genuine disappointment, my father finally admitted that even this man
had been corrupted by the Holocaust industry, tailoring his beliefs
for power and profit. As the rendering of the Holocaust assumed ever
more absurd forms, my mother liked to quote (with intentional irony)
Henry Ford: 'History is bunk.' (ibid. p7)."
- "The Holocaust proved to be the perfect weapon for
deflecting criticism of Israel (ibid p30)."
- "Much of the literature on Hitler's Final Solution
is worthless as scholarship. Indeed, the field of Holocaust studies is
replete with nonsense, if not sheer fraud." (p 55).
- "Given the nonsense that is turned out daily by the
Holocaust industry, the wonder is that there are so few skeptics." (p
- "Annual Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust are a
national event. All 50 states sponsor commemorations, often in state
legislative chambers.. Seven major Holocaust museums dot the American
landscape. The centerpiece of this memorialization is the United
States Holocaust museum in Washington.. (This) museum's annual budget
is $50 million, of which $30 million is (taxpayer)
federally-subsidized." (p72). (This is in spite of the fact that, as
he points out on page 32, per capita Jewish income in the US is almost
double that of non-Jews). "With a re-election campaign looming, Jimmy
Carter initiated the (US Holocaust Museum) project to placate Jewish
contributors and voters, galled by the president's recognition of the
"legitimate rights" of Palestinians." (p 73).
- "The Holocaust may yet turn out to be the "greatest
robbery in the history of mankind"... The Holocaust industry has
clearly gone berserk."(p 138-9).