As a Catholic, I learned when I was a child that there are two ways to lie: You can tell an outright “bald-faced lie,” but if you withhold the truth, that is also a lie, which is a sin.
A couple of days ago, I came across an article on the Southern Poverty Law Center web site, which you can read here. The article is about a very brave woman who wrote about what the tour guides at Auschwitz don’t tell you. I’ve been to Auschwitz twice, once with a guide, and once just wandering around by myself. So I know that there are many things the guides don’t tell you. This has become more important in recent years since, during certain times of the day, visitors to Auschwitz must be with a tour group.
Here is a quote from the Southern Poverty Law Center article about what the tour guides at Auschwitz tell you, as opposed to what this woman is saying:
As this author can attest after two lengthy tours of Auschwitz and its adjoining Birkenau camp since 1988, the guides will tell you none of this.
Perhaps that’s because it’s all false. Long-time Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess, in the autobiography he wrote shortly before his execution, described how Heinrich Himmler in 1941 “himself gave me the order to prepare installations at Auschwitz where mass exterminations could take place,” and then detailed the entire horrifying process, including gassings he personally witnessed. Filip Müller, a prisoner who worked for more than a year in the crematoria but survived, described unbelievably brutal exterminations. And so did thousands of others.
The Southern Poverty Law Center article makes a good point: Maybe the guides don’t tell you certain things because what this lady is saying is false. However, the person who wrote this article makes a big mistake in taking the word of Rudolf Hoess and Filip Müller. Both made many mistakes about Auschwitz in their books and their testimony is not considered reliable today.
So who is the pinhead and who is the patriot here? as Bill O’Reilly would say. You decide.