Scrapbookpages Blog

November 24, 2013

The difference between the Holodomor and the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am

The first difference between the Holodomor and the Holocaust is that the word Holocaust will go through a spell checker, while the Holodomor will be flagged as a misspelling.  Virtually every man, woman and child in the world knows that the word Holocaust means the genocide of the Jews, while the word Holodomor is little known outside Ukraine, the section of the Soviet Union that was  formerly known as “the Ukraine.”

Wikipedia photo of a man who died, of starvation, on the street

Wikipedia photo of a man who died, of starvation, on a street in Ukraine

It is against the law to deny the Holodomor in Ukraine, but AFAIK, it is not against the law to deny the Holodomor in any other country.  [Denying the Holocaust will get you a prison term in 20 countries, as of 2016.]

This news article explains the meaning of the term Holodomor.  According to the article: “After independence in 1991, a law in Ukraine made it a criminal offence to deny that the Holodomor was pre-meditated genocide.”

This quote is also from the news article:

Opinion has remained divided for many decades whether the mass death was the result of a deliberate drive to kill an entire people, because Ukrainian nationalism was on the rise, or the unintentional effect of misguided mismanagement by Stalin in his quest to feed rapid industrialisation elsewhere. Millions fell, mostly in rural Ukraine. Cannibalism was documented.
[…]

[A Holodomor survivor said that] Historian Volodymyr Serhiychuk told us: “There was famine in other USSR regions, in Kazakhstan, for instance, but Kazakhs could go and seek food in neighbouring Russian regions, or in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Ukrainians, in contrast, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, couldn’t go to Belarus or Russia, because the borders were closed and there were no railway tickets for them.

You can read what Wikipedia has to say about this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_the_Holodomor#Deliberately_engineered_or_Continuation_of_civil_war

I previously blogged here about the new definition of Holocaust denial, which includes “Holocaust distortion.”  This quote, from my previous blog post, explains one form of Holocaust distortion:

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

By promoting their Holodomor, Ukrainians are engaging in Holocaust distortion by putting blame on the Soviet Union.  The Soviet Union was on the winning side in World War II, so the former Soviet Union should be exempt from blame. Only Germany should be blamed for atrocities, because the Germans were the losers in World War II, and the German people will be, forever more, demonized by every other country in the world.

An article that you can read at http://www.rense.com/general85/holodo.htm puts the blame for the Holodomor on a Jew.  Oh no! Say it isn’t so!

November 7, 2013

Israeli students are being inadvertently subjected to Holocaust distortion by trips only to Poland

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:50 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, claims that, because Israeli students are taken on trips to see Auschwitz in Poland, but not on trips to see the concentration camps in Germany, “a distortion has developed over the years in the presentation and understanding of the Holocaust.”

This quote is from the news article:

The problem is that by focusing on the German extermination camps in Poland, a distortion has developed over the years in the presentation and understanding of the Holocaust. Once the Holocaust is so closely identified with Poland, one loses track of a central fact, that exterminating the Jews was part of the ideology of Nazi Germany, and Poland was merely the physical ground on which this ideology played out.

In addition, many in Israel don’t understand why concentration camps were established in Poland specifically. There are actually two reasons. First, because half of the Jews that the Germans planned to murder, and indeed did murder, lived in Poland.

The second reason relates to the nature of the German occupation of Poland. While Nazi control was exerted in most of Europe through alliances with local fascist regimes, only in Poland did Germany completely dissolve the national government and its institutions. Some of western Poland was directly annexed to the German Reich, while in the rest the “General Government,” led by a German governor, was established. The background taught to Israeli students sometimes ignores the fact that under the direct German occupation some three million Polish non-Jews were imprisoned and killed, mostly from among the intelligentsia and the elite of society.

It’s true: when the Auschwitz main camp was first set up in 1940, in a camp which was formerly a camp for migrant workers, the first inmates were Polish political prisoners who had been imprisoned in a Gestapo prison in Tarnow, Poland, after they were arrested as Resistance fighters, aka illegal combatants.  The Auschwitz main camp was not originally set up as an “extermination” camp to murder Jews, but as a camp for political prisoners.

Almost every story, about Auschwitz, that you will ever read, and including stories that you won’t read, tell you that the Auschwitz main camp was formerly a Polish military barracks.  That is correct, but before that, in 1916, Auschwitz was a place for migrant workers to live between jobs.  The reason for building a camp for migrant workers, in a suburb of the town of Auschwitz, was that Auschwitz was the major railroad hub in Europe. Trains could go, on 44 tracks, to and from Auschwitz, all over Europe, without stopping.

The news article mentions the “occupation of Poland.”  O.K. students, it’s time get out the maps and history books, to review the history of Poland and Germany.

The area of Europe, that was inhabited by German tribes in the Middle Ages, became known as the Holy Roman Empire in the year 800. By the year 1270, the Holy Roman Empire had expanded to include the area known as Upper Silesia. In 1270, the Germans set up the town of Auschwitz in what was then German territory.

In 1457, Auschwitz became part of the Kingdom of Poland and the name of the town was changed to the Polish name Oswiecim.

Most of Silesia was annexed to the German state of Prussia in 1742, except for four duchies. The duchy of Auschwitz was annexed to Galicia, a province which was given to Austria when Poland lost its independence in 1772 and the country of Poland was divided between Russia, Prussia and Austria.

Western Galicia soon became known as The Corner of Three Empires: Russia, Prussia and Austria. The town known as Auschwitz, or Oswiecim or Oshpitzin, became a prime location for Jewish traders or merchants during the time that Galicia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

In 1871, Prussia and the other German states, except Austria, united into the country of Germany. After the defeat of Germany and Austria in World War I, Galicia and the industrial area known as Upper Silesia were given to Poland.

In 1939, after the joint conquest of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union, Upper Silesia was annexed into the Greater German Reich, which at that time consisted of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic.

Map of Germany in 1870 is shown in yellow

Map of Germany in 1871

Do you see the country of Poland on the map above?  In 1871, the country of Poland did not exist.

Map of Germany after World War I

Map of Germany after World War I is shown in Brown

The map above shows what happened to Germany after World War I. The Germans were mad as hell, and were not going to take it anymore.  Hitler blamed the Jews for causing Germany to lose World War I, and a large part of its territory.  Germany had been divided into two parts by the “Danzig Corridor” and the inability to solve this problem was the cause of the start of fighting in Poland in 1939.  World War II didn’t start until later, with the invasion of France.

Getting back to the news article, this quote is from the Haaretz newspaper:

So what the Education Ministry ought to do is turn the trip to Poland into a trip to Germany and Poland. First the students should visit the concentration camps in Germany, where they can get an explanation of the overall Nazi policies of oppression, which focused more sharply on the Jews after Kristallnacht in November 1938. There the students can be shown the horrible pictures that were taken by the Allied forces that liberated the camps and discovered survivors who looked like walking skeletons and the bodies of those who had been murdered. There they can also be shown the film that the U.S. Army made when residents of the city of Weimar were taken to nearby Buchenwald to remove the bodies at the camp and bury them.  [The film was entitled “Murder Mills.”  It can be seen on YouTube.]

Weimar, it will be recalled, was the city of Goethe and Schiller, and the looks on the faces of the Germans as they realize the horrors perpetuated by the government that most of them had voted for is the most shocking testimony of what happened when the “land of thinkers and poets,” became “the land of murderers and executioners” (in German this chilling phrase rhymes).

It is true that that German men from Weimar were forced to bury the bodies found at Buchenwald, but there were very few bodies, since the typhus epidemic was almost over at Buchenwald by that time.

There was only a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald

There was only a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald

The photo above shows German citizens from Weimar being forced to look at a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald.

German citizens forced to look at a pile of corpses on April 16, 1945

German citizens forced to look at a pile of corpses on April 16, 1945

The photo above shows German citizens from Weimar being forced to look at a wagon load of corpses, while American soldiers lecture them on what was “done in their name.”  [Note that this photo is an example of poor developing and printing in the darkroom.]

Here is another quote from the news article:

There is something perverse about the fact that a study tour aimed at presenting the Nazi policy in a direct and powerful way does not bring the students to Germany itself. There, in the camps at Dachau, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen and Sachsenhausen, is where the Nazis’ repressive policies began to take shape. Their objective was not just to imprison those the Nazis considered enemies – Jewish, socialists, communists, clergymen and homosexuals – but to gradually eliminate them physically through slave labor and living conditions that would hasten their deaths.

I say “Yes, absolutely.”  Take those Israeli teenagers to Bergen-Belsen and explain to them that Belsen was an EXCHANGE CAMP for Jews who wanted to go to Palestine.  Hitler set up Bergen-Belsen as a camp for 30,000 Jews that he wanted to send to Palestine in exchange for German citizens being held in internment camps in America, and in prisons in the UK.  Unfortunately, very few exchanges were made, but a few Jews from Bergen-Belsen did make it to Palestine. You can read about the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp on my website here.

November 4, 2013

A working definition of the new rules regarding Holocaust denial and Holocaust distortion

A news article from Canada, which you can read in full here, clarifies the new rules regarding what you can say about the Holocaust without fear of going to prison for 5 years.

This quote is from the news article:

Forms of Holocaust denial also include blaming the Jews for either exaggerating or creating the Shoah for political or financial gain as if the Shoah itself was the result of a conspiracy plotted by the Jews. 

Are there any Holocaust survivors out there, exaggerating or writing books for financial gain?  No, of course not.  Elie Wiesel hasn’t made a penny off his exaggerated Holocaust claims. Neither has Eva Kor, nor Irene Zisblatt.

This quote is also from the news article:

Holocaust denial may include publicly denying or calling into doubt the use of principal mechanisms of destruction (such as gas chambers, mass shooting, starvation and torture) or the intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people.

Why would anyone ever doubt the gas chambers?  Every one of the gas chambers, used by the Nazis in the genocide of the Jews, was obviously a working gas chamber, air tight, with a 40 foot vent pipe on the roof, a means of heating the Zyklon-B pellets to 78.3 degrees, and a means of dropping the Zyklon-B pellets into the room — NOT!!!

You can see photos of the Nazi gas chambers on a previous blog post here.

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The photo above shows a real gas chamber, and don’t you deny it, unless you want to go to prison for 5 years.

Note that the gas chamber is explosion proof, with no hot ovens next door — NOT!!!  Note the wooden door in the background, which made the room air tight — NOT!!!  Note the light fixtures, which are explosion proof — NOT!!! (The wooden door had been added when the room was converted into an air raid shelter by the Germans in 1943.)

This quote is from Fred Leuchter, a gas chamber expert, who says that the alleged gas chambers were not workable:

4. Construction [of the Nazi gas chambers]
Construction of these facilities shows that they were never used as gas chambers. None of these facilities were sealed or gasketed. No provision was ever made to prevent condensation of gas on the walls, floor or ceiling. No provision ever existed to exhaust the air-gas mixture from these buildings. No provision ever existed to introduce or distribute the gas throughout the chamber. No explosion-proof lighting existed and no attempt was ever made to prevent gas from entering the crematories, even though the gas is highly explosive. No attempt was made to protect operating personnel from exposure to the gas or to protect other non-participating persons from exposure. Specifically, at Auschwitz, a floor drain in the alleged gas chamber was connected directly to the camp’s storm drain system. At Majdanek a depressed walkway around the alleged gas chambers would have collected gas seepage and resulted in a death trap for camp personnel. No exhaust stacks ever existed. Hydrogen cyanide gas is an extremely dangerous and lethal gas, and nowhere were there any provisions to effect any amount of safe handling. The chambers were too small to accommodate more than a small fraction of the alleged numbers. Plain and simple, these facilities could not have operated as execution gas chambers.

Note that Leuchter mentioned “a floor drain in the alleged gas chamber.”  The floor drain was actually in another room, which had a door with a glass window in it, that was added to the Auschwitz gas chamber by the Soviet Union when they reconstructed the Auschwitz gas chamber. At the time that Leuchter examined the gas chamber, the staff at Auschwitz was claiming that the gas chamber was original. Tour guides were claiming that the gas chamber included the room that has the door with a glass window and the floor drain.

I blogged about the floor drain in the Auschwitz gas chamber here.

I was first called a “Holocaust denier” when I pointed out the floor drains in the Dachau gas chamber here.

This quote is at the beginning of the news article about Holocaust denial:

“A Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion” – The present definition is an expression of the awareness that Holocaust denial and distortion have to be challenged and denounced nationally and internationally and need examination at a global level. IHRA adopted the following working definition of holocaust denial and distortion:

Holocaust denial is discourse and propaganda that deny the historical reality and the extent of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War II, known as the Holocaust or the Shoah. Holocaust denial refers specifically to any attempt to claim that the Holocaust or Shoah did not take place.

So what does this mean?  At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, where the Nazis were put on trial after the war, the Soviet Union claimed that 4 million people had been killed at Auschwitz, and 1.5 million were killed at Majdanek.  Now the ESTIMATE of the number of Jews killed at Auschwitz is 900,000, and the records at Majdanek show that 59,000 Jews died at Majdanek.  Which figures are we required to believe, under the new definition of Holocaust denial?

I am going to go with 4 million at Auschwitz and 1.5 million at Majdanek, because this adds up to 5.5 million, a figure that is close to the 6 million that is the required belief.    The figures of 900,000 and 59,000 add up to less than  1 million.  Where did the other 5 million Jews die?

This quote from the news article explains “Holocaust distortion,” the new form of Holocaust denial:

What is Holocaust distortion?

Distortion of the Holocaust refers to:

a. Intentional efforts to excuse or minimize the impact of the Holocaust or its principal elements, including collaborators and allies of Nazi Germany;

b. Gross minimization of the number of the victims of the Holocaust in contradiction to reliable sources;

c. Attempts to blame the Jews for causing their own genocide;

d. Statements that cast the Holocaust as a positive historical event. Those statements are not Holocaust denial but are closely connected to it as a radical form of anti-Semitism. They may suggest that the Holocaust did not go far enough in accomplishing its goal of “the Final Solution of the Jewish Question”;

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

The last definition is a tricky one: Is it a crime to say that America had internment camps for “enemies of the state”?  I would go with “Nazi Germany was the only country that put people in camps during Word War II.”  Definitely, I would go with saying that Italy had no camps, because that would “blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps” by Nazi Germany.

In my opinion, the new definition of Holocaust denial needs some explicit details, regarding what we are required to believe.  For example, are we required to believe that the Nazis marched Jews out of the camps for the purpose of killing them by marching?

Are we required to believe that Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, was a “holding camp” for prisoners waiting to be gassed in the gas chamber at Buchenwald?

Holocaust denial began when Paul Rassinier, “the father of Holocaust denial,” denied that there was a gas chamber at Buchenwald.  Do we have to go back to the days when it was required to believe that there was a gas chamber at Buchenwald?

To be on the safe side, I would go with a “gas chamber at Buchenwald.”  After all, Elie Wiesel, who claims that he was a prisoner at Buchenwald, although he has no Buchenwald ID number, says that he was saved from the gas chamber at Buchenwald, just in the nick of time.

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.