Monday, May 5, 2008

Deborah Lipstadt's Participation in Forwarding the Myth of Simon Wiesenthal

Emory U. professor Deborah Lipstadt has been on a European tour with “40 exceptionally talented people, many of them real change agents, who have markedly different Jewish weltanschauung,” and is now flying back to Atlanta. On the plane she reflects on the fact that Simon Wiesenthal, the namesake of the world renowned Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, was a liar.

Lipstadt writes: (scroll down to "Budapest [2]")

“Throughout the trip I kept pushing the participants – sometimes relentlessly -- to stay true to the historical facts … history is not something to be played with. While we may all have different interpretations of history, certain facts are immutable and we cannot play with them to serve other purposes. … I gave them the example of how the late Simon Wiesenthal invented, without any basis in fact, the notion that the Holocaust constitutes the murder of 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews.”

That is, Simon Wiesenthal was a liar. When Lipstadt googles “11 million” + Holocaust she finds 479,000 references to this Germanophobic lie being exploited by Mr. Wiesenthal and, perforce, the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“Wiesenthal may have meant well,” Lipstadt writes, “but he created a historical monster that now is rooted in what people think is fact.” Professor Lipstadt does not explain how Simon could have “meant well” by creating a “monstrous” lie about Germans. When Lipstadt accuses revisionists of “lying” about the Holocaust, an accusation that she is addicted to making, does she sometimes suggest that the revisionist “means well?”

Lipstadt writes that “In certain cases they (the 40 exceptionally talented people she was traveling with) would come close to asking “the difficult questions but pulled back ….” If it occurred to any of these exceptionally talented people to ask Professor Lipstadt for the name of one person, with proof, who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz, I would suppose they would have decided to “pull back” at the last moment. Way back.

Meanwhile, Simon Wiesenthal’s Germanophobic lie about the “11 million” is just the tip of the iceberg. Professor Lipstadt’s does not address the fact that Simon was a serial liar, like so many other Holocaust “survivors.” Simon has a well-documented but largely suppressed, record of deceit, mendacity and prevarication, as noted here.

“Wiesenthal repeatedly lied about his alleged role in locating Adolf Eichmann, was consistently wrong about Josef Mengele, and falsely accused Polish-American Frank Walus of having murdered Jews in Poland as a Gestapo official. Wiesenthal has absurdly charged that the Germans exterminated Jews in "electrocution chambers," and that they manufactured bars of soap from the bodies of murdered Jews. His deception about his own wartime activities prompted Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky (himself of Jewish ancestry) to accuse the ‘Nazi hunter’ of having collaborated with his wartime oppressors.

“Finally, Wiesenthal has even lied about his most widely-cited concession to truth. Concerned about the way that various Revisionists were quoting his 1975 Books and Bookmen letter, he simply denied ever having written it. In a letter dated May 12, 1986, to Professor John George of Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma, Wiesenthal wrote: ‘I have never stated that 'there were no extermination camps on German soil.' This quote is false. I could never have said such a thing.’"

Maybe Professor Lipstadt would like to gather her “40 exceptionally talented people, many of them real change agents,” and fill them in a little more fully on Simon Wiesenthal – an iconic representative of the Holocaust survivor community.

But she will probably prefer to let it slide. He “meant well.” She most likely thinks he “meant well” when he talked about Germans cooking the corpses of murdered Jews to manufacture hand soap from their fat. Even Lipstadt doesn’t believe that one, but she doesn’t want the “myth” of Simon Wiesenthal to be damaged irreparably. She would prefer to participate in protecting, in forwarding this cracked affair as best she can.

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