Sunday, June 1, 2008

Deborah Lipstadt on Obama’s Auschwitz Mistake

Obama's Auschwitz Mistake is an example of “typical family lore where one camp is substituted for another. Had Obama thought about it he probably would have known the story has a historical mistake. This is a matter of historical ignorance not anything diabolical.”

Maybe.

Obama has been jiving the Holocaust story since October 2002 – some six and a half years. Auschwitz and Treblinka. And that is only what we know.

“My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka.”

Auschwitz -- and then Treblinka! Family lore again, I suppose. Wonderful! Here’s a guy we can count on.

Obama's Auschwitz Mistake [2]

“Here's some background on what the American soldiers who came upon [I generally avoided the word "liberation"] Ohrdruf camp.”

“Gen. Eisenhower was one of them and his comments upon seeing the camp are well known. ‘We are told that the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for. Now, at least, he will know what he is fighting against.’"

Professor Lipstadt ignores the ugly irony that while Gen. Eisenhower could empathize with the victims at Ohrdruf, he did not have enough of what it takes to empathize with the German ladies and their babies and children and their mothers and grandmothers who were intentionally burned alive by the tens of thousands throughout Germany by American and British air, under his command.

And then there is the terrible irony for the Professor Lipstadts. When General Eisenhower wrote his autobiographical account of his role in WWII, Crusade in Europe, he did not mention “gas chambers.” The greatest weapon of mass destruction ever unleashed against humankind. The weapon on which the Professor Lipstadts of the world base their careers and their good fortunes. We understand why General Eisenhower would not mention them. He was not an academic historian, so he was psychologically free to have some respect for historical truth. Can we say the same for the Professor Lipstadts?

Professor Lipstadt (or any professor), please: Can you provide the name of one person, with proof, who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz?

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