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October 30, 2013

Dr. Efraim Zuroff: “Holocaust distortion is posing a serious threat to the Jewish narrative of the Holocaust”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:32 am

According to a news article, which you can read on The Jerusalem Post here, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is “promulgating a new working definition of Holocaust denial.”

Gideon Behar told The Jerusalem Post that “the definition was important because it was the first such document detailing what is considered acceptable by Western democracies and ratified by an international body.”

Gideon Behar is “the Foreign Ministry’s point man on anti- Semitism and one of two Israeli delegates to the [IHRA]”, according to the news article.

An example of Holocaust denial is given in The Jerusalem Post article: “If you say that only two million Jews were killed that is Holocaust denial according to this definition.”

I have to admit that I had to read this news article 3 times before I could understand it. It was all Greek to me.

This quote is from the article in The Jerusalem Post:

The working definition is not legally binding, but has significant moral authority due to the composition of the IHRA. [The IHRA] includes many of the world’s leading democracies as members and the United Nations among its official observers.

I am very pleased that we now have a group of countries in an organization with “significant moral authority” to tell us what we are required to believe.  I am assuming that the IHRA includes a representative of the USA and that our 1st Amendment right of “freedom of speech” will no longer apply to the Holocaust.

The question of how many Jews died in the Holocaust reminds me of the old “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” question.  No two people will ever agree on a suitable answer.

This quote is from The Jerusalem Post:

According to the IHRA, distortion of the Holocaust is defined as:

• “Intentional efforts to excuse or minimize the impact of the Holocaust or its principal elements, including collaborators and allies of Nazi Germany”

• “Gross minimization of the murder of the victims of the Holocaust in contradiction to reliable sources”

• “Attempts to blame the Jews for causing their own genocide”

• “Statements that cast the Holocaust as a positive historical event” and

• “Attempts to blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps devised and operated by Nazi Germany and putting blame on other nations or ethnic groups.”

The last example, in the new definition of Holocaust denial, worries me.  For example, if you say anything about the Italian concentration camps, you could go to prison for “Holocaust denial” because only Nazi Germany can be demonized now.

According to the news article, “the Simon Wiesenthal Center […]  contributed to the definition…”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center?  Now there’s a place where you can learn the truth about the Holocaust.  I previously blogged about the SWC here and here.

According to the article in The Jerusalem Post, Dr. Zuroff was quoted as saying:

“This is excellent, this is extremely important, because it focuses on Holocaust distortion which is something that has developed rapidly in the last few years and is posing a serious threat [to] the Jewish narrative of the Holocaust, especially in Eastern Europe. […]

“[that] doesn’t specifically identify the efforts to equate communism to Nazism as a form of Holocaust distortion,” [an oversight that [Zuroff] believes is problematic.]

So watch what you say, dear readers, lest you be sent to prison for 5 years for “Holocaust distortion.”  Saying that the Soviet Communists killed as many people as the Nazi Fascists would be an example of “Holocaust distortion,” which is the name of the new crime of denial.


  1. Here is one pic similar to the Auschwitz swimming pool shot which will never appear in the MSM……
    “Six young Jewish women sunbathe in the Warsaw ghetto ”
    The lady is of course a holocaust survivor with new name living in the US; most curiously her brother returned to the Warsaw ghetto from the USSR. !
    Her parents were according to the report ” murdered” in Trawnicki !

    Comment by peter — November 3, 2013 @ 11:37 am

  2. “…chronicles the response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States to the Holocaust and focuses on the rescue attempts launched by the Vaad ha-Hatzala rescue committee established by American Orthodox rabbis in 1939.” Organizations like this one were busy “rescuing” Jews back before the First World War! I’d like to look over Dr. Zuroff’s Ph.D thesis. He says in his book Operation last Chance: One Man’s Quest to Bring Nazi Criminal’s to Justice that Yitzak Arad was a mentor. Arad is a former head of Yad Vashem who was is wanted in Lithuania for questioning about NKVD partisan murders of civilians. Of course, a diplomatic gnashing of teeth ensued from otherwise snuggly little Israel and Lithuania rolled over like an abject hound and dropped the case.

    Comment by who dares wings — November 1, 2013 @ 7:42 am

  3. Dr, Effraim Zuroff is a doctor of what? He’s a publicist placing Holocaust stories in the media out of an office in Tel Aviv for which I believe he had to purchase the use of the name Simon Wisenthal Center™. Rabbi Marvin Heir, a wannabe screenwriter in Los Angeles, purchased the franchise rights from Simon Wisenthal for his Museum of Tolerance. I found a copy of Dr. Zuroff’s autobiographical book about Nazi hunting at library sale recently and it’s a doozy! A NYC dentist named Charles Kramer was for a time as famous a nazi hunter as Simon Wisenthal with whom he occasional spoke at Jewish fundraisers. I looked over his papers archived at The John Jay College of Justice and it’s apparent from these that he created a name and business for himself out of whole cloth as a promoter of exaggerated claims concerning the depredations against Jews during WWII. He invented important sounding Jewish service organizations of which he was the sole member in order to ask other important sounding Jewish and non-Jewish service organizations (Rotary Clubs, church groups etc.) to hire him as a dinner speaker. He made Holocaust hay wherever he went sending out press releases and setting up radio interviews. He was a nobody like Effraim Zuroff who lived off a pulp fiction past, but at least he was a real doctor of dentistry.

    Comment by who dares wings — October 30, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    • According to Wikipedia (

      “Born in New York, Zuroff moved to Israel in 1970 after completing his undergraduate degree in history (with honors) at Yeshiva University. He obtained an M.A. degree in Holocaust studies at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University, where he also completed his Ph.D., which chronicles the response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States to the Holocaust and focuses on the rescue attempts launched by the Vaad ha-Hatzala rescue committee established by American Orthodox rabbis in 1939.”

      Comment by furtherglory — October 31, 2013 @ 7:20 am

  4. So many things in this modern world rely on the holocaust and/or Nazi Germany

    In order to stop the whole charade collapsing around them, they need to silence anyone who fails to tow the line

    Comment by DB — October 30, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    • Yes the charade is essential . The charade plays out in many pilgrimage sites in 2013. On a recent flight to Berlin, which is a major pilgrimage site for Shoaismus , I chatted amicably to a middle aged couple form England who were looking forward to their visit and the Holocaust memorial was a ” must” . They were also intending to visit the Anne Frank House which they thought might have some of the original diary on display!
      Meeting them on their return flight to England the home of 24/7 ww2 holocaust propaganda , they expressed their disappointment that they didn’t get to see the Olympic stadium which surely would have had lots of Jessie Owen memorials.

      Comment by peter — November 2, 2013 @ 5:26 am

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