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May 7, 2014

Jaw-dropping writing assignment in a California school!

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:20 am

Last night, I was absolutely flabbergasted to hear, on Fox News, about an assignment in a California school, in which 8th graders were asked to write an 18 page essay about the Holocaust and “whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

You can read all about this controversy in a news article here.

According to the news article, these California students were given “three sources to use to write their essays. One of the sources reportedly alleges the gassings in concentration camps were a “hoax” and there is no evidence Jews actually died in gas chambers.”

This quote is from the news article:

The [first] source, [given in  the assignment] traced to a webpage on, states: “With all this money at stake for Israel, it is easy to comprehend why this Holocaust hoax is so secretly guarded. In whatever way you can, please help shatter this profitable myth. It is time we stop sacrificing America’s welfare for the sake of Israel and spend our hard-earned dollars on Americans.”

The other two sources were from and, KTLA-TV reports.

In a follow-up news article about the essay assignment, the website article is criticized because it states that the Diary of Anne Frank is a fraud. This is a mistake in the website article, which I noticed.  I blogged about this controversy at

The purpose of this 8th grade assignment was to teach students “critical thinking.”  When I was in the 8th grade, back in the Dark Ages, there was no such thing as “critical thinking.”  I had to look up this term on the Internet to find out exactly what it means.   I found a definition which I am quoting below:

A well-cultivated critical thinker:

Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely

Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively

Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards

Thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences

Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems

I have not had any training in “Critical Thinking,” but here is how I would answer the question on the assignment:

The term “Holocaust” is the name given to a number of events, involving the Jews, which happened in Europe during the period between 1933 and 1945. The details of these events are quite controversial and there are two schools of thought concerning these events: One school of thought is that the details have been  exaggerated and some claims are outright lies. The official version of the events, which are collectively called “the Holocaust,” is the Jewish version that is required by law, in 19 countries, to be believed under the threat of 5 years in prison.

No other event in the entire history of the world is required by law to be believed. This leads some people to doubt the events that people are required by law to believe in 19 different countries.

As for me, I’m from Missouri, the “Show Me” state. I don’t believe anything until I see the proof.  Show me the proof of the gas chambers.


  1. Laws criminalizing Holocaust denial do not require belief in some/any state-approved version of the Holocaust. In fact, they don’t even prohibit expressing denial in non-public settings (of course, private conversations like Donald Sterling’s recent one with his girlfriend DO sometimes get publicized). “All” they do is punish expression of disbelief (or of contrary beliefs) in PUBLIC. You ought to be more careful the way you talk about these things – overstatements can and do harm some VERY well justified points.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — June 4, 2014 @ 10:10 am

  2. those of you on facebook will find this thread entertaining…

    Comment by schlageter — May 8, 2014 @ 6:07 am

    • Thank for posting this link. This is the first time that I have been able to read about the Holocaust on Facebook. I get lots of viewers of my blog, who were directed here from Facebook. I was very surprised to read the following quotes on Facebook:

      Begin quote:
      My grandmother and grandfather died in Dachau. My Aunt, who survived, told me all I needed to know. Mr. friend. If you saw in her eyes, as she was telling, you sir would not have the belief the un educated crap you just posted. My Aunt was a survivor. She was taken to Dachau when she was twelve years old.
      True the Nazis were very efficient. However, to be that efficient, you need slave labor. Especially while fighting a war on numerous fronts.
      My family heritage is not a lie thought up by some Hollywood Jew.
      Luckily my Mother was secreted away to Spain. Or I wouldn’t be here.
      As a soldier in Germany in the Eighties. I spoke with many people who lived there during the war.
      And they all said the same thing, for the most part. Hitler was trying to exterminate ALL non-Aryan (sp) people.
      As far as a plan? It was planned. How do you wipe out whole Jewish cultures without one?
      End Quote

      This comment on Facebook is in answer to the comment quoted above:

      Begin Quote:
      … how did your grandparents actually die? If the Gernans were trying to kill the prisoners how did your 12 year old aunt survive? You talked to Germans while stationed in Germany in the 1980’s? Those Germans said Hitler wanted to exterminate all non Aryans? Tell me if that were true why were so many non Aryan people willing to join Hitler’s military? Why would the non Aryan Japanese have anything to do with him? You also forget Germans were forced by gunpoint to denounce Hitler and are punished for questioning the Allied version of events. So you see Germans are probably going to tell you what they were taught not what really happened.
      End Quote

      I find it to be very strange that an adult couple (man and wife) were sent to Dachau which was a camp for men. One of their daughters, who was 12 years old, was sent to Dachau along with her parents, but another daughter was somehow sneaked into Spain, presumably alone, since her sister and her parents had been sent to Dachau.

      To me, this indicates that, the people who are having this discussion on Facebook, don’t know the first thing about the Holocaust and are not interesting in learning anything.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 8, 2014 @ 8:34 am

      • I read a blog one day written by a girl whose grandfather told her, completely out of the blue, that he was a holocaust survivor. An Auschwitz survivor no less.

        She wept as he told her how he got off the train at Birkenau, stood on the ramp, and looked up at the ‘Arbeit macht frei’ sign…..

        It’s incredible how low these liars will stoop…

        Comment by DB — May 8, 2014 @ 9:25 am

        • I have been urged, many times by family members, to write a fake Holocaust survivor book. If I did write such a book, I would not make the mistake of mentioning the “Arbeit macht Frei” sign in a death camp. This sign was only used on Class I camps, where inmates had a chance to be released. There are numerous Holocaust survivor books which make many mistakes, revealing that they were never in the camps.

          The prime example of a fake Holocaust survivor book is Elie Wiesel’s book entitled Night.

          Comment by furtherglory — May 8, 2014 @ 9:49 am

      • So there were 12 year-old girls at Dachau? I’m surprised the Allies didn’t photograph or film such things. That would have been great food for their propagandistic show.

        And another guy saw a “Arbeit macht frei” sign at Birkenau? I thought there was a “Arbeit macht frei” sign at Auschwitz I, not at Auschwitz II (Birkenau). Who is the liar? The grandpa? Or his descent? 😉

        Comment by hermie — May 8, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

  3. Even the famous anti-revisionist lackey Mickaël Shermer doesn’t know if the gas chamber story is true or not, but he doesn’t care about that because it’s a useful myth anyway.

    Comment by hermie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:51 am

  4. One of my old friends, an Irishman, used “critical thinking” to destroy everything he had been taught about religion in his staunch Catholic upbringing. He used to rant and rave about the nonsensical stories that people were forced to believe, and that in the past you could have been put to death or imprisoned for heresy or witchcraft if you failed to believe. He even had problems with his parents over this.

    When it comes to the holocaust however, he takes it at face value. No “critical thinking” required with that one, apparently. Must be true, what is there to question?

    It’s an uphill struggle, it really is….

    Comment by DB — May 7, 2014 @ 11:51 am

  5. Agree completely. If there were no intended gaschambers as the official narrative claims, this makes the whole debate concerning good versus bad much more complex. The allies then are involved as well! It was completely wrong what the national socialists did to (not only!) the Jews, by rooting them up from their “heimats”, and unforgivable. If the victims mainly died from disease, malnutrition and overwork, that’s an overwhelming human tragedy indeed, but it is not the same as this ghastly gaschamber story, which makes every inquiry into what realy happened impossible, because you won’t deal with the biggest crime of all times. The other version makes the chosen people less exclusively though – it was a human tragedy, not because it was a jewish tragedy, and it won’t overblow all the other human tragedies any longer. Why is a free and open debate about this topic forbidden in 19 countries? Does the truth fear inquiry? We have to answer these important questions, because nobody wants to live with a terrible fantasy in his subconscious.

    Comment by johanrees — May 7, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    • You wrote: “It was completely wrong what the national socialists did to (not only!) the Jews, by rooting them up from their “heimats”, and unforgivable.

      In America, Japanese-Americans and German Americans were uprooted from their homes and sent to camps. German citizens in South America were kidnapped and sent to the American camps. These people had done nothing wrong, but were kept in camps because they might potentially fight against America in World War II. German-Americans were kept in these camps for two years AFTER the war.

      There were no typhus epidemics in the American camps because America had a typhus vaccine. The deaths in the German camps were caused by typhus and other diseases.

      The Jews couldn’t get out of Europe before World War II started, because no country would take them.

      There were gas chambers in every Nazi camp. There was a sign right on the door which said Gaskammer. These gas chambers were used to kill the lice that causes typhus. The American camps used DDT to kill the lice, so America did not have “gas chambers.”

      Comment by furtherglory — May 7, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    • “It was completely wrong what the national socialists did to (not only!) the Jews, by rooting them up from their “heimats”, and unforgivable.”

      Deporting the Jews out of the German sphere of influence and the countries surrounding Germany was not different than the Russian “Pale of Settlement” and the very numerous expulsions of Jews through European history. A pretty commonplace thing in fact.

      Comment by hermie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:56 am

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