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April 23, 2014

President Obama has not “made good” on his vow to “speak truth” to Holocaust deniers

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:14 pm

The title of my blog post today is based on the very last paragraph in a news article published on the Israel Hayom website.

The following quote is the last paragraph in the article:

The [Obama] administration has been sensitive about moves that might disrupt ongoing negotiations aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear program. That apparently means passing on a golden opportunity to make good on the president’s vow to “speak truth” to those who deny the Holocaust.

President Obama knows the “truth” about the Holocaust because he had a great-uncle who was one of the American soldiers who was brought on April 7, 1945 to Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, to see the bodies found by the Americans on April 4, 1945, after the camp had been abandoned.

I previously blogged about Ohrdruf at

A huge photo of bodies, that were burned at Ohrdruf, is the first thing that you see when you enter the exhibits at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Photo of burned bodies at Ohrdruf is at the entrance to the USHMM exhibits

Photo of burned bodies at Ohrdruf is shown at the USHMM

This quote is from the beginning of the article on the Israel Hayom  website:

The [US] State Department silence over Iran’s most recent Holocaust denial stands in stark contrast with Obama’s repeated pledge to strongly respond to the anti-Semitic revisionism.

The United States would “pledge to speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust,” Obama pledged in a January 2012 message commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He directly addressed Holocaust denials coming from Tehran in an April 2012 speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, condemning Iran for denying the Holocaust and threatening to destroy Israel.

The following quote, which is in the middle of the article, tells us what the fuss is all about:

The State Department has not criticized a statement denying the Holocaust made March 20 by Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei despite President Barack Obama’s promises to “speak truth” to Holocaust deniers.

“The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it’s uncertain how it happened,” Khamenei said in a speech commemorating Nowruz, the Persian New Year, the International Herald Tribune reported. “In Europe no one dares to speak of the Holocaust.”

That same day, Khamenei also vowed to “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground” if “the Zionist regime makes a wrong move” in a post on his official Facebook page.

Note that Khamenei did NOT say that “the Holocaust never happened.”  All he said was that the “reality” of the Holocaust is “uncertain” and that it is uncertain “how it happened.”

How could anyone say that the Holocaust is “uncertain”? The Holocaust was proved at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal where the Soviet Union testified that 4 million people were killed at Auschwitz and that 1.5 million were killed at Majdanek?

A movie of the Dachau gas chamber, made by the American military, was shown at Nuremberg. Oops! Did I just write that? I meant to say that the movie was made by the Americans, not that the gas chamber was made by the Americans.

I previously blogged about the Dachau gas chamber movie at

This quote is from the article about Obama’s lack of action on the statements made by the leader of Iran:

A reporter asked State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki at last Friday’s press briefing if she had any comments about the ayatollah’s remarks, which were described as “not very kind either to the United States or to Israel, to put it mildly.” She said she didn’t know about the specifics and would check into it. Told that the ayatollah “again voiced doubts about the existence and the scale of the Holocaust,” Psaki pledged to “take a closer look and we can get something around to all of you.”

No statement has been made by the State Department or the White House since then.

What are we to make of all this?  Does Obama have doubts about the Holocaust, or about the “scale of the Holocaust?”

I blogged about Obama’s trip to visit Buchenwald at

After seeing Buchenwald, did Obama begin to have doubts?