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December 12, 2013

Holocaust denial unrelated to anti-Semitism

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:05 pm

The title of my blog post today comes from an essay, written by Rabbi Avraham Krieger, which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the essay, which is entitled Preserve the Truth:

Anti-Semitism can have many varieties. In recent years, though, one can notice new phenomena in the Holocaust denial landscape. These new developments are ostensibly unrelated to anti-Semitism and are not part of the larger historical context, but they nevertheless constitute Holocaust denial.

This quote from the essay gives an example of Holocaust denial which is not anti-Semitic:

For example, the Polish historian who heads the State Museum at Majdanek claims that the death camp was never used for large-scale, deliberate extermination of the Jews with gas. He insists that Majdanek was a concentration and labor camp where Jews and Poles died because of the various hardships of the ongoing war all around them. The Poles were quick to embrace this narrative, because it expunges a large part of their collective record, a record marred by their decision not to lift a finger when the camp was active.

The above quote is a reference to the downgrading of the number of deaths at Majdanek, from 1.5 million to 78,000, including the deaths of 59,000 Jews. Frankly, I was amazed when these new figures were first announced in 2005, as the authentic numbers.  I had visited the Majdanek Memorial Site in 1998 and had written about it on my website.  On this page of my website, I wrote, in 2007, about how the numbers slowly dwindled down to 59,000 Jewish deaths.  Changing the numbers was a long slow process; it didn’t happen overnight.

The original story of Majdanek was that there were three gas chambers in building number 41 near the entrance into the camp, and one gas chamber in the crematorium in the center of the camp, which was reconstructed by the Soviets after the Nazis had allegedly burned it down.  After my visit to Majdanek in 1998, I wrote about the gas chambers in Building #41 on this page of my website.

I have not updated the page about the gas chambers on my website, and you can read all about the original claims.  The story of the gas chambers at Majdanek has now changed. I blogged here about the changes in the gas chamber claims.

I’m glad that I didn’t change my page about the Majdanek gas chambers on my website.  I’m not a Holocaust denier, like the rest of you people, who were quick to acknowledge the new claims about the number of deaths at Majdanek.

It’s time to go back to 1.5 million deaths at Majdanek, which was the original number given by the Soviet prosecutors at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.  I ask you: Would the Soviets lie?

Yes, I know that the Soviets lied about Katyn Forrest, but would they lie about the number of Jewish deaths?