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ZGram - Where Truth is Destiny
September 1, 2001
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
Another Oldie but Goodie which I have seen pop up in various places. Unfortunately, I don't know the source, but it clearly originated out of the Revisionist Camp:
Although it is largely forgotten today, in October 1919 (!) New York Governor Martin Glynn gave a speech in Albany, New York reporting on the "holocaust [of] six million Jewish men and women" who were dying due to the "awful tyranny of war and a bigoted lust for Jewish blood" during World War I. (!)
Glynn's speech, entitled "The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop" was printed in the October 31, 1919 (!) issue of the "American Hebrew Magazine," published by the American Jewish Committee.
The truth is that six million Jews did not die during World War I -- and no serious historian believes today that they did. But during World War I the myth of "six million Jews" was very emotional and effective war-time propaganda indeed.
However, shortly after World War II, the thesis of "Six Million Jews" took on a new life.
Yet if you look back in history, Jewish lore is rife with multiple legends of mass Jewish slaughter. The story of "the Holocaust" [0f World War II] that you hear so much about today is a variation on a very old theme.
The Talmud - the very foundation of Jewish religious teaching - tells of four BILLION Jews killed by the Romans under Emperor Hadrian. The Talmud describes a tidal wave of blood that plunged down to the sea, carrying large boulders along with it, staining the sea a distance of four miles out -- the bodies of the martyred Jews used to build a fence around Hadrian's vineyard, with the blood saved over from the tidal wave used to fertilize the grapes of Hadrian's wrath and of the 64 million Jewish school children of the town of Bethar, wrapped in their religious scrolls and burned alive by the Romans.
[Note: the population of the Roman Empire at the time is estimated to have been between 55 and 60 million. The world's population is believed to have been less than 300 million.]
Do you really believe that the Roman's killed four billion Jews? If you don't, You must be a "Holocaust denier."
In recent years more and more media attention has been devoted to the supposed Danger of "Holocaust denial" in relation to Jewish suffering during World War II. Politicians and the media warn about the growing influence of those who question various aspects of the Holocaust story. In several countries, including Canada, France, Germany and Austria, "Holocaust denial" is against the law. Heretics who are guilty of this thought crime are punished with stiff fines long prison sentences, serving side-by-side with paedophiles, rapists and murderers. If you think that those accused of "denying the Holocaust" are only charged with raising questions about what Adolf Hitler did - or didn't - do to the Jews of Europe during World War II, prepare yourself for a shock. The fact is that the term "Holocaust denier" means much more than that, at least according to Deborah Lipstadt, authoress of the widely-touted book, "Denying the Holocaust," which is said to be the last word on the subject.
Many people mistakenly believe that Lipstatdt and others who purport to be fighting "Holocaust denial" are only concerned with preventing public debate about the historical details relating to the subject of what we remember as "the Holocaust." This is not the case at all. In fact, according to Lipstadt, if you believe - as Revisionist historians do:
That the seeds of World War II were planted in the unjust treatment dealt Germany following World War I - you are a "Holocaust denier."
That Adolf Hitler did not want to go to war with Poland in 1939 - - you are a "Holocaust denier."
That Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were secretly maneuvering to bring the United States into the war in Europe [despite the opposition of some 90 percent of the American public at the time] - you are a "Holocaust denier."
That FDR deliberately set the stage for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to force the United States into the war against the Axis powers - you are a "Holocaust denier."
In ""denying the Holocaust." Lipstadt says these historical views outlined in 1952 in Georgetown University historian Charles Callan Tansill's monumental Revisionist study "Back Door to War" -- which had nothing whatsoever to do with the the subject of whether or not Adolf Hitler killed six million Jews - are "a number of arguments that would become ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF HOLOCAUST DENIAL." [Emphasis added.]
So don't kid yourself. Even if you have never raised any questions about "the Holocaust" per se, you are still subject to being smeared as a "Holocaust denier" if, by chance, you dare to run counter to the politically correct stance dictated by those who decide what one may - or may not - say about events of history including, but not limited to, the Holocaust.
And note this: You are also subject to being accused of being a "Holocaust Denier" if you point out that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin killed more people than Adolf Hitler. According to Lipstadt, there is an important distinction: "Whereas Stalin's terror was arbitrary, Hitler's was targeted at a particular group...In fact, Stalin killed more people than did the Nazis. But that is not the issue...To attempt to say that all are the same is to ENGAGE IN HISTORICAL DISTORTION ." [emphasis added.]
In other words, in Lipstatdt's judgement, the Jews who died during World War II are more important than the estimated 55 million non- Jews who died during the War, not to mention an estimated 200 million other non-Jews slaughtered by the Soviet and Red Chinese butcher regimes.
Or, note this: if you dare to point out - as did famed German historian Ernst Nolte - that however wrong the American internment of the Japanese following Pearl Harbor, it was not dissimilar to the German internment of the Jews following Jewish leader Chaim Weizmann's September 1939 declaration that the Jews of the world would join the Allies in fighting Germany, you are responsible for "the blurring of boundaries between fact and fiction" and although not outright "Holocaust denial" per se, the result is the same. Lipstadt says that pointing out such historical facts as these "fall into the gray area between outright denial and relativism" and that "in certain respects it is more insidious that outright denial" because it nurtures "a form of pseudohistory whose motives are difficult to identify."
In short if you question any of the "official" history of the Holocaust or World War II [or for that matter World War I] - no matter how false or even preposterous - you are by definition, an anti-Semite or a potential anti-Semite, the facts be damned.
The truth is that the facts about the Holocaust - Lipstatdt's protests notwithstanding - do suggest that the term "Holocaust denier" is not just a misleading semantic misnomer, but a deliberate fraud.
Thought for the Day:
"U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called on Israel Friday to stop using the Holocaust as a reason to continue what he said were policies of occupation, displacement, and extra-judicial killings of Palestinians."
(Hot off the cnsnews wire today, Saturday, September 1, 2001, 11:31 AM)
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