Monday, February 18, 2008

About This Blog

It was only a few weeks ago, while participating in a discussion on History News Network (HNN), the Website “for historians by historians,” that I first thought to ask that someone give me the name of one person, with proof, who had been killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. No one told me the question was irrelevant, and no one tried to answer it.

After I had asked the question several times, I realized I had never heard anyone else ask the question. Why was that? If four millions – or as we must say nowadays -- maybe a million, were killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz, surely there was one academic on one campus somewhere in America who could provide the name of one person, with proof, who was killed there.

It occurred to me to ask Professor Deborah Lipstadt herself. She is the key public spokesperson for the Holocaust Lobby on the American campus. Of course, she did not respond. It is against her principles – I understand this and do not mean to complain about it, though every once in a while I will probably mention it – it is against her principles to discuss anything with anyone who doubts what she believes about the use of WMD (gas chambers) by Germans during WWII.

So I would write Professor Lipstadt directly, and copy my original letter to her to academics and journalists at Emory and other campuses and see if anyone was interested in the question. I would pretend that such folk can afford to be interested responding to the question. Who among them will be willing to risk their reputation, their career, and their income, over this simple question?

As of this writing I have begun my lonely quest for that one name, with proof – one out of a million names. It has been suggested to me that that is about what my chances are of any academic risking it – one in a million. I cannot believe that that will prove to be so. Surely one professor, on one campus somewhere in America, will rise to the occasion.

Regarding your comments, I will follow Professor Lipstadt’s example: I will post those that interest me. And as Professor Lipstadt has it, I will not correct ‘typos’ in email. It may turn out that Professor Lipstadt will be my model in many ways. I believe that would be wise of me. She is a real pro, she is very successful, she is above criticism, she has access to substantial funding, and she is taken seriously by the mainstream press. Who else would I better follow?

8 comments:

frank scott said...

maybe it was alfred e. neuman?

would mad magazine count as a reliable source?

hi bradley...regarding proof, as i just asked someone else, does anyone have a count of the admitted to fraudulent tales of the holocaust? you know, the folks who later recant and say they were in shock or telling about their nightmares or whatever?

as opposed to the run of the mill instances of far fetched mythology, often due to shock and suffering, more often due to financial hustles and mental illness...


a count of those tales - the ones that even major media acknowledge, in passing - would be valuable information...no?

more important, as i've asked before ( including of you?), is there any news as to what, if anything,has been revealed by that enormous collection of german archives which was opened to scholars (?) back in november of '07?

anyway, hello, and how are ya??

fs
reach me at:
frankscott@comcast.net

TGGP said...

Also, there appears to be a forum where people respond to revisionism called Real Open Debate on the Holocaust
http://p102.ezboard.com/frodohforumfrm10

Bradley R. Smith said...

I'm asking for the name of one person, with proof, who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. For the moment I will leave a debate over the Holocaust to those who do not want to reply to The Question.

Anonymous said...

Debating with believers is the fastest way to get nowhere. I've had more fruitful discussions about the nature of Christ with Born Again christers than those clinging to the Big Lie.

"Holocaust .... it's bigger than Christ!"

dan said...

You know, Bradley, you look from ur photo like a cool cat, and at 78, i wish you more years and many happy returns. I am Jewish. From Boston area. Non-relgious. Atheist. And I can understand what you are trying to do with your blog and your ideas and it is good to question everything, yes, even the Holocaust, the figures, what really happened there.....sure...but it seems that most people i meet on the net who want to question the Holo C, and even I want answers, too, me who is Jewish, but what i see most often about people who want answers here are people who don't really seem to have much empathy...EMPATHY....not sympathy...but EMPATHY...for Jewish people. I am not saying they antisemitic, no no no. But they seem to lack EMPATHY.....so i think the first step in addressing the real issues and stats of the Holo C is to develop EMPATHY for the Jews....and this is hard to do in a country like USA where you were born and raised......first, develop EMPATHY...and then, yes, go and ask these important questions...but what i mostly see not from you but from others is a kind of blind, rote hatred of Jews......where this comes from I do not know....i don't blindly hate anyone... except SNAKES, which i was programmed to hate blindly by reading those old Bible stories of Adam and Eve and the big bad snake...so i wonder where does this blind hatred of Jews come from. I am sure your Mexican wife has the same feelings towards Jews that you do. First, develop EMPATHY....then go find the truth, yes....i support you......

MB said...

Mr. Smith,

You are a hero of mine. I previously thought that all of my heroes were dead, but I was wrong. Mind you, I'm not an idealistic kid, but a 53 year old man. Please keep plugging away and be assured of my modest support. You are tops.

May God (if there is one) bless you.

With warmest possible regards,

MB

Ramon said...

Perhaps its is impossible ask you questiona, Mr Bradley, because there is no obituary for that people that dies in the gas chamber there was no document about these people or did destroy by the nazis in the end of the II great war, as the sugest Rudolf Höss in a interview with Dr. Leon Goldensohn, psychiatrist of Nuremberg´s trial...

You ask for direct proof, and this is impossible and you know that, but there are evidences that proof the gas chambers exists, and you know that too...

Yury said...

Mr. Bradley, thank you for your blog.