|This is a part of a thread in Arianna Huffington's discussion
group. A poster was challenging my revisionist views:
By Ejt (Ejt) on Tuesday, October 5, 1999 - 07:41 am:
I got interested in this subject years ago. When West Germany agreed to
compensate victims of the holocaust, survivors started coming out of the
woodwork. I asked the German Information Center for the number of surviving Jews
who made claims for restitution, or "Wiedergutmaching". They sent me a
pamphlet called FOCUS ON, dated May 1985. The number was 4,393,365. This number
represents a bare minimum, since the head of a household survivor makes one
claim, for his entire family. No record could be found for the number of
dependents that also survived.
The ADL put out an anthology called THE HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE for the
purpose of teaching holocaust to NJ HS students. A large table called
"Estimated Number of Jews Killed in the Final Solution". It gives the
"Estimated pre-final solution population", 1938 for each nation in
Europe, and next to it is another column called "Estimated Jewish
Population Annihilated". The difference of course is trhe number of
survivors. In Eastern Europe and the USSR, the survivors number 2,522,000. (East
Germany did not offer restitution to survivors in Eastern Europe, as W. Germany
By adding this number to the survivors in the West, a sum of the survivors is
6,915,365. How many Jews were there in the areas occupied by the Natzi's before
the war? The ADL lists 8,861,800. Subtracting, we get 1,946,165 as the maximum
number of Jews who died of all causes in occupied territory from 1938 to 1945.
ejt is of course Edward J. Toner Jr.