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Friday, April 15, 2005


The liberation of Belsen revealed the Holocaust to the world

The fight against Holocaust denial

By Raffi Berg

British soldier talking to an inmate at Belsen concentration camp, May 1945

IT is 60 years since the full horror of the Nazi Holocaust began to emerge with the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

Belsen was the first death camp entered by the Western allies [Website note: The British Second Army] and first-hand accounts of mass graves, piles of corpses and emaciated, diseased survivors spread quickly around the world.

The BBC's Richard Dimbleby described dead and dying people over an acre of ground, while US radio correspondent Patrick Gordon Walker [Website note: He was in fact British, later a member of Parliament and father of one of Britain's best publishing editors] described the camp as a "hellhole", adding that this was not propaganda but the "plain and simple truth".

But, in the 21st Century, as these events recede into history and the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, there are still people who deny these crimes happened -- and it is a tendency that some experts say is growing.

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David Irving comments:

NOTICE the subtle suggestion by this evidently Jewish writer that I have written books about the Holocaust (I haven't, ever), articles (ditto), and made broadcasts about it (ditto); a notorious, but rather ineffective, "denier", one might think.
   Equally, the juxtaposition of photos of myself and of the British soldier suggests that I deny that prisoners suffered inhumanities in the Nazi camps (I have never suggested they didn't). But by such lies is the history of the world enriched.
   As for Belsen, "the first death camp", -- note the unspoken but totally untrue suggestion that the Bergen-Belsen camp near Hannover was a place of industrial-scale extermination -- here's an autobiographical note.
   In about 1947, when Britain was still starving from having fought Churchill's War to its lunatic conclusion, my Mother took us to the Isle of Wight for a two week holiday.
   Seeing myself and my nine-year old twin brother on the beach, our ribs poking through our undernourished skin, she said: "You two look like Belsen children."
   It meant nothing to me at the time, but it shows the degree to which the powerful photo propaganda had pervaded every level of British post-war society.


HOW unfortunate it is that Jewish historian Sir Martin Gilbert refers here to "the incredible state of Holocaust survivor memoirs." Yes, incredible -- unbelievable -- that is the main problem of the Holocaust industry. There are no documents, and "survivor testimony" alone is what has kept it awash with money.
   Survivors like the ASSHOL -member Benjamin Wilkormiski, who claimed to have suffered in Auschwitz, but in fact turned out to have lived a cushy life in Switzerland throughout the war. (Deborah Lipstadt still recommends his book to her students in Atlanta: faute de mieux, on couche avec sa femme).
   The truth? The horrors at Belsen were primarily brought about by the collapse of the German food and transportation economy in the closing weeks of the war.
   This was a result of the British and American saturation-bombing of the transport system.
   And, come to that: What exactly does the BBC's photo illustration above show? A British soldier, and an equally sized man, probably a former prisoner. But the subliminal conjunction of text and photo, seems to authenticate whatever message is overlaid by Mr Berg, the writer. Way to go, Raffi!
   The BBC should be ashamed of itself, publishing such disgraceful tripe as this.

"Holocaust revisionism is spreading, and not only among neo-Nazis," Kate Taylor, of the anti-fascist publication Searchlight, told the BBC News website.

"As survivors are increasingly dying out it is much easier to hijack history for whatever cause or purpose."

The internet has played a role in this.

While publications peddling Holocaust denial were previously confined to the race-hate paraphernalia of extremist groups, the same material is now readily available on the web.

One of the earliest and most infamous publications denying the Holocaust was a 32-page pseudo-academic booklet entitled Did Six Million Really Die?, first printed in England in 1974.

It dismisses concentration camps as "mythology", rejects the Diary of Anne Frank as a hoax and claims Jews were not exterminated but rather emigrated from Nazi Germany with the help of a benevolent government.

The booklet was widely banned but has resurfaced in electronic form on the internet.

Kay Andrews, of the UK Holocaust Educational Trust, says Holocaust denial sites, subtly questioning the facts, can mislead the young people her group is trying to teach.

"With the internet, you've got to be fairly well-educated to see through what revisionist websites are trying to do," she says.

"I think as soon as you look at them closely you can work it out, but part of the problem that we find is teachers will send pupils off to do internet research and not guide them to specific sites.

"So as a result kids put the Holocaust into a search engine, which comes up with all of this stuff, and at 14-years-old they are not mature enough to make that distinction between a denialist site and a more legitimate site."

Denial doomed?

However, the eminent British historian Sir Martin Gilbert believes the tireless gathering of facts about the Holocaust will ultimately consign the deniers to history.

"I don't think Holocaust denial is really a problem because of the incredible state of survivor memoirs," he told the BBC News website.

"The number of deniers and the amount of denial literature is miniscule compared with the serious literature, not only the memoirs but the history books, the specialist books, and books which cater for every age group on the Holocaust.

"There is a tremendous range of stuff and some of it is written for young people and teenagers - in that sense the Holocaust deniers have totally lost out."

Over a period of many years, Jerusalem's Yad Vashem museum has documented the lives of more than three million Holocaust victims. [Website note: Many of them have duplicate names, and duplicate dates of birth, sometimes ten at a time: go figure]

More recently, Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah [Holocaust] Visual History Foundation (VHF) has recorded more than 50,000 videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

Turning point

But VHF president Doug Greenberg is less confident about the future than Martin Gilbert.

On the positive side, he notes that in 2000 a British judge rejected a libel case brought by a notorious British revisionist, David Irving, against US historian Deborah Lipstadt who had called him one of the "most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial".

"The most important thing that's happened in terms of Holocaust denial is the David Irving trial," Mr Greenberg told the BBC News website.

"Because a British court of law said in effect Holocaust denial is not a valid way to look at the past."

On the other hand, he says, we just cannot tell how far history will be forgotten in years to come.

"In 50 years from now, not only will there be no survivors alive, there won't be anybody alive who even knew a survivor, and that is where the real danger lies," he said.

The fear that deniers could gain the upper hand led an SS camp guard, Oskar Groening, to break a lifetime of silence earlier this year in a BBC documentary [produced by Laurence Rees], Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution.

"I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematoria. I saw the open fires. I was on the ramp when the selections [for the gas chambers] took place," said Mr Groening, now in his 80s.

"I would like you to believe these atrocities happened -- because I was there."

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Yad Vashem's 3 million list has many duplicate names, and duplicate dates of birth, sometimes ten at a time

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