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April 9, 2014

If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one . . . who did Hitler kill?”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:54 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from Norman Finkelstein’s book entitled The Holocaust Industry, published in the year 2000.

Here is the exact quote from page 81 of The Holocaust Industry:  “If everyone who claims to be a [Holocaust] survivor actually is one, my mother used to exclaim, “who[m] did Hitler kill?”

I thought about this when I read a recent news article at

The article is about a woman who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 on a Kindertransport to the UK.  After World War II, she moved to the USA where she is now out on the lecture circuit, telling her sad story to college students. There is not a day that goes by, in the USA, that a “Holocaust survivor” is not out telling his or her story about surviving the Holocaust.

In his book, Finkelstein cites a book, written by Henry Friedlander, entitled Darkness and Dawn in 1945: The Nazis, the Allies, and the Suvivors. According to Friedlander, as quoted by Finkelstein, “The figure for Holocaust survivors at war’s end is generally put at some 100,000.”

On page 83 of his book, Finkelstein wrote this:

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office recently put the number of “living Holocaust survivors at nearly a million.”

When I read Finkelstein’s book, back in the year 2000, I was just beginning to study the Holocaust, and I could not comprehend what he was saying. For example, he wrote on page 85 that his mother was “A survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Majdanek concentration camp and slave labor camps at Czestochowa and Skarszyksko-Kamiena…”

Umschlagplatz in Warsaw, from which Jews were deported to Treblinka to be killed

Umschlagplatz in Warsaw, from which Jews were deported to Treblinka to be killed

I had made a trip to Poland in 1998, where I had seen the place in the Warsaw Ghetto, from which the Jews were shipped to Treblinka to be killed. I had learned that Treblinka was a “killing center,” not a transit camp, so how did Finkelstein’s mother get to Majdanek?  I was completely confused by this.

To top it all off, I had visited Majdanek in 1998, where I had learned that Majdanek was a “death camp” with 4 gas chambers. According to Soviet testimony at the Nuremberg IMT, there were 1.5 million people, who were killed at Majdanek.

Majdanek "death camp" in Poland

Majdanek “death camp” in Poland

So how did Finkelstein’s mother escape the Majdanek gas chambers? I assumed that the Nazis had spared Finkelstein’s mother because she was young and beautiful.

I have recently learned that Finkelstein’s mother has been accused of being a “Nazi collaborator” because she is suspected of having been a Kapo [a prisoner who was a helper] at Majdanek.

On my 1998 trip to Poland,  I learned about a book entitled The Painted Bird, written by Jerzy Kosinski. My Polish tour guide told me that this book was a fake story. When I returned from Poland, I got the book from my local library and started reading it, but I couldn’t finish it — it was too gory for me.

In his book, Finkelstein wrote:

[The Painted Bird] was purported to be Kosinski’s autobiographical account of his wanderings as a solitary child through rural Poland during World War II. In fact, Kosinski lived with his parents throughout the war. The book’s motif is the sadistic sexual tortures perpetrated by the Polish peasantry. […]  The Painted Bird became a basic Holocaust text. […] … and required reading in high school and college classes.

So what does all this have to do with anything? I suspect that there are numerous fake Holocaust books. For example, on page 82 of his book, Finkelstein dares to criticize Eli Wiesel.

This quote is from page 82 of Finkelstein’s book:

Apart from the frailties of memory, some Holocaust survivor testimony may be suspect for additional reasons. Because survivors are now revered as secular saints, one doesn’t dare question them.

Finkelstein goes on to list the lies told by Elie Wiesel, who is the No. 1 “secular saint,” whom people don’t dare to question.  Except for those pesky Holocaust deniers. How many Holocaust denial laws will it take to stop Holocaust denial?  The Russian Federation is the latest country to make Holocaust denial a crime.  The Russians are now forbidden to question the verdict at the Nuremberg IMT, at which it was “proved” that 1.5 million people were killed at Majdanek — except for Normal Finkelstein’s mother.


  1. I will try to explain who Adolf killed. First of all, Adolf was jewish. His family is of sephardic decent (the version jews from middle east / north africa, the version of jews mentioned in the bible,-must not be confused with the israelite people). Adolphs grandmother was a maid at the bankier Rotchilds residence and was inpregnated by mr Rothchild. -One believes the Rothchilds is of Askenazi jewish decent, (the eastern european version of jews, decendants from a people called Khazars, postulated to be of hunic decent. This kind of jews has no ancestry related to the middle eastern sephardic kind of jews. They do not have a drop of semittic blood in their vanes. Hitlers job was to scare the european jews to migrate to / populate Palestine, so that bankier Rothchild had people to populate his state; Israel. Adolph was the cousine of that bankier Rothchild, and the bankiers agent. Totally there were killed 72 million people during World War 2, a considerable part Western Europeans, who decends from the biblical Israelite people. Check it out for your self in the declaration of Arbroath

    Comment by Kjell Erik Midtgård — April 12, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    • You would certainly deserve the first prize at a Nazi Propaganda Festival, You certainly overcome the Film JUD SUESS and the book of Hnery Ford abouy a jewish plot. It had been made certain by German Historians that Hitler was of pure aryan origin. The DNA research quoted does not offer any scientific value.

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — April 13, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    • Kjell Erik Midtgård :-
      “Totally there were killed 72 million people during World War 2, a considerable part Western Europeans, who decends from the biblical Israelite people.”

      72 million Jews, or 72 million Europeans?

      Not quite sure what you’re saying there matey, but it’s nonsense whatever it is

      Comment by DB — April 13, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

  2. By the way: The wost accusation so against Benjamin Murmelstein as to the memory of the many “Judenrat” dead as marthyrs had been risen
    1. By persons who in those Years stood safe in USA, UK, etc. maybe just through the emigration organization work performed in Vienna.
    2, Persons who had not had the daily task to stay in face of the SS trying to save what in that condition had seemed still possible I say “seemed” not “had been”; clear?.
    3. Persons who had to divert attention from their own “careless words” or similar wrongdoings. .
    in my modest opinion Finkelstein had developped his own branch of business,
    I couldn’t care less about all of succh persons.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — April 9, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

  3. I once questioned Professor Finkelstein if his mother had ever mentioned having seen a gas chamber, but he did not reply.

    Comment by Bradley Smith — April 9, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    • His mother was undoubtedly taken to the gas chamber building at Majdanek. The entrance into the building is through a shower room. She probably took a shower, but was not taken into the gas chamber, since she obviously survived.

      The clothes that she was wearing might have been thrown into one of the gas chambers to be gassed with Zyklon-B to kill the lice. She was probably given other clothes to wear before she was taken to one of the barracks buildings.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 9, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

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