Monday, October 27, 2008

Elie Wiesel and the issue of indifference

Dr. William O’Neal, Director of Graduate Studies
Chair, Department of History
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

Dear Dr. O’Neal:

I am informed that on 30 October the University of Toledo's College of Arts and Sciences will host a talk by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel on "What the Ancient Masters Can Teach Us About Confronting Fanaticism and Building Moral Unity in a Diverse Society." It’s an interesting idea for a talk, though looking around the world from the point of view of UNESCO, it does not seem they have taught us much.

In the Toledo Blade Mr. Wiesel addresses a simpler issue, one he has addressed before, the issue of “indifference.” We read again where he argues that “the opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference.” That the opposite of education, beauty, and life itself is indifference. That “indifference is what permits evil to be strong …” Which brings me to the matter to hand.

Professor O’Neal, do you believe Toledo's College of Arts and Sciences has prepared its students in any way whatever to understand the issue of “indifference” with regard to Mr. Elie Wiesel himself?

Do UT students understand that for decades Elie Wiesel has shown himself to be indifferent to the fate of writers and publishers who question the orthodox Holocaust story and are arrested, tried, and imprisoned for such thought crimes in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and other European nations?

With regard to confronting “fanaticism,” have your students been prepared to understand that Elie Wiesel is the best known Holocaust fanatic in America? That he has spent his entire adult life forwarding with an unequaled fanaticism the charge of “unique monstrosity” against the Germans, including the charge that they used weapons of mass destruction (“gas chambers”) for mass murder at Auschwitz, and that even though he was interned there, after more than half a century he is unable to name, with proof, one person who was killed in a gas chamber at that camp?

Are UT students prepared to question Elie Wiesel’s indifference to “Building Moral Unity” when he writes "Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate - healthy, virile hate - for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.”? A remark that for forty years he has refused to recant?

Have UT students been prepared to understand the sheer silliness of a man like Elie Wiesel who will claim that when he was struck by a taxicab in mid-Manhattan in New York City that he flew an “entire city block” before coming down to earth again – that is, about two thirds the length of a football field?

Will the UT College of Arts and Sciences begin to promote a free press and a free flow of ideas about the Holocaust question and its agents such as Elie Wiesel, or will you, with indifference, continue to act out the role of being mere stenographers for a massive, multi-billion dollar Holocaust Industry?

Do you not agree that “indifference,” as Elie Wiesel has it, “is what permits evil to be strong?”

Thank you for your attention.


Bradley R. Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro CA 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327


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8 comments:

Charles Weinblatt said...

I retired from the University of Toledo in 2004 and I was credentialed by the same institution. I am also the author of a book about the Holocaust, "Jacob's Courage." After conducting three years of exhaustive research into the Holocaust, I can safely say that your messages on the topic lack any semblance with reality.

I am therefore angered and dismayed by your letter to the UT History Department Chair, reviling Eli Wiesel and attempting to revise accurate history. Your messages are shameful lies, proposed in order to revise history in a way that incriminates the victim of crimes, rather than the perpetrators.

The following web sites reveal the proof that about six million Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany (including members of my family):

http://www4.yadvashem.org/lwp/workplace/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_3N7/.cmd/acd/.ar/sa.init/.c/6_0_288/.ce/7_0_3T2/.p/5_0_2E5
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/Aufbau.htm
http://www.redcross.org/services/intl/holotrace/
http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0100-consumers/0300-public-programs/0100-holocaust-insur/holocaust-victims.cfm
http://www.ins.state.ny.us/hlcst.htm
http://www.hashava.org.il/
http://www.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/IY_HON_Welcome
http://www.deathcamps.info/testimonies/victims.htm
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-08.html
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/index.html
http://www.bnaibrith.org/prog_serv/names_danzig.pdf
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-08.html
http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/CapturedGermanRecords.html (captured German records collection)
http://www.crt-ii.org/index_en.phtm
http://www.angelfire.com/or/yizkor/glussk22.html
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/
http://www.knesset.gov.il/committees/eng/docs/shoa_finalreport_eng.htm
http://www.bundesarchiv.de/findbuecher/stab/euth/einfueh.php (euthenasia dabank)
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Germany/stutthof.htm
http://resources.ushmm.org/Holocaust-Names/List-Catalog/display/details.php?type=cccat&id=909
http://www.jewishgen.org/GerSIG/majorsources.htm
http://www.kkjsm.org/holocaust/holocaust_intro.html
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/k/ftp.py?people/k/korherr.richard/eichmann.005
http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Germany/westphalia.htm
http://www.yivoinstitute.org/index.php?tid=46&aid=105
http://www.hmd.org.uk/resources/item/3/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_victims_of_Nazism
http://www.geocities.com/vienna/strasse/5960/names.html
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GEN-DE/2004-11/1101789334
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/cclist.html
http://www.meidashoa.co.il/
http://www.bterezin.org.il/

To prove that Zyklon B was used to kill Jews (as you deny), try:
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-03.html
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/b/ftp.py?people/b/broad.pery/broad-testimony
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/camps/auschwitz/cyanide/cyanide.001
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/p/piper.franciszek/ftp.py?people/p/piper.franciszek/press/daily.texan.1093
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/g/ftp.py?people/g/grabner.maximilian/hoehne-on-morgen
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-06.html
http://www1.us.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-07.html
http://www1.yadvashem.org/education/entries/english/20.asp
http://www.holocaust-history.org/dachau-gas-chambers/
http://cghs.dade.k12.fl.us/holocaust/summary.htm

The following extermination camps used gas:

Kulmhof i.e. Chelmno (in the then Wartheland), where between December 1941 and fall 1942 and again from May until August 1944 gassings by means of carbon monoxide from motor exhaust gas took place. Altogether more than 150,000 Jews as well as 5000 gypsies have hereby been killed.

Belzec (in the district Lublin of the then general governments): from March to December 1942 in the beginning in three, later in six large gas chambers by means of carbon monoxide from motor exhaust gas altogether about 600,000 Jews were killed here.

Sobibor (district Lublin, general government) received in April 1942 three, later in September 1942 six gas chambers and until October 1943 it was "in operation". During this period at least 200,000 Jews have been murdered through carbon monoxide gas.

Treblinka (district Warschau, general government) from the end of July 1942 on had three gas chambers and received at the start of September 1942 furthermore ten larger gas chambers. Up to the dissolution of the camp in November 1943 altogether 700,000 Jews were killed here by carbon monoxide.

Majdanek (district Lublin, general government): The concentration camp existing since September 1941 turned into an extermination camp when between April 1942 and November 1943 mass shootings took place to which 24,000 Jews fell victim. In October 1942 also two, later three gas chambers were built. In the beginning the killings in these were done by means of carbon monoxide, soon however one was using Zyklon B (a highly poisonous insecticide made from cyan hydrogen). Up until the dissolution of the camp in March 1944 about 50,000 Jews have been gassed.

Auschwitz-Birkenau (in the formerly Polish, in 1939 adjoined to the "Reich" upper eastern Silesian area, southeastern of Kattowitz): The extermination camp in Birkenau, established in the second half of 1941, was joined to the concentration camp Auschwitz, existing since May 1940. From January 1942 on in five gas chambers and from the end of June 1943 in four additional large gassing-rooms gassings with Zyklon B have been undertaken. Up until November 1944 more than one million Jews and at least 4000 gypsies have been murdered by gas.

In the following concentration camps gas chambers were established:

Mauthausen (upper Austria): From fall 1941 on one gas chamber existed which was operated with Zyklon B. In addition, gassings with carbon monoxide took place through gas vans which were driven between Mauthausen and it's side-camp Gusen. Altogether more than 4000 have been killed here through gas.

Neuengamme (southeastern of Hamburg): From fall of 1942 on gassings with Zyklon B were undertaken here in a "Bunker" prepared for that, about 450 victims.

Sachsenhausen (Province Brandenburg, north of Berlin) received mid-March 1943 a gas chamber that was operated with Zyklon B. Several thousand people fell victim to the gassings, a more specific number cannot be determined.

Natzweiler (by Struthof, Elsass): From August 1943 to August 1944 a gas chamber existed here in which between 120 and 200 people were killed through Zyklon B in order to be able to dissect their skeletons for the Anatomica Institute of University of Strassburg. Back then this institute was managed by a chief company commander of SS Prof. Dr. August Hirt.

Stutthof (east of Danzig) had from June 1944 on one gas chamber in which more than 1000 were killed by Zyklon B.

Ravensbrueck (Bradenburg, north of Berlin): Here still in January 1945 a gas chamber was established; the number of the people killed in it was at least 2300.

I have provided here a list of completely authentic and genuine web sites, used for academic-related research. These sources include the most venerated and validated information available anywhere about the Holocaust. My list is used and accepted as compelling by historians around the world. This represents only a small fraction of my three years of Holocaust research.

Of course, you and your ilk simply decide not to accept the truth when you see it. But, there are many others like me, who will help young vulnerable minds see the truth, instead of your wicked lies.

Bradley R. Smith said...

Dear Professor Weinblatt:

Thank you for this heartfelt reply to my U Toledo release titled “Elie Wiesel and the issue of indifference.” At the same time it is usually good practice (forgive me), even for an academic, to not make charges of “lying” without identifying a specific lie and refuting it with specific proof.

Meanwhile, with regard to Auschwitz you write:

“Auschwitz-Birkenau (in the formerly Polish, in 1939 adjoined to the ‘Reich’ upper eastern Silesian area, southeastern of Kattowitz): The extermination camp in Birkenau, established in the second half of 1941, was joined to the concentration camp Auschwitz, existing since May 1940. From January 1942 on in five gas chambers and from the end of June 1943 in four additional large gassing-rooms gassings with Zyklon B have been undertaken. Up until November 1944 more than one million Jews and at least 4000 gypsies have been murdered by gas.”

Professor Weinblatt: Can you provide the name, with proof, of one person who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz? A member of your own family, perhaps, or that of any other?

Thank you for your attention.

Anonymous said...

If people are being locked-up for questioning the Holocaust, that tells me it's a lie. The truth does not need to be enforced by threat of financial penalty or incarceration

Anonymous said...

Zyklon B was used for delousing infected bedsheets and uniforms. It wasn't strong enough to kill people, only lice. And how could millions of people have been secretly gassed to death in a few disinfectant chambers the size of a walk-in closet? And why has not even one gassed corpse ever been found? All lies made to villify Germany, justify the creation of the Zionist Entity and extort billions in holo-co$t reparations. What a racket.

Howard L Ritter, Jr, M.D. said...

One must wonder where "anonymous" got his expertise. There is no question that Zyklon B, a cyanide insecticide, was "strong enough" to kill humans. Strength is irrelevant; concentration is what matters, as with all toxins.

As far as Smith's objection to Wiesel's failure to condemn the prosecution of Holocaust deniers as punishment for thought crimes, I agree. I detest the politically correct current fad for applying greater punishment to those who commit crimes for certain specific reasons, for example race prejudice. It shouldn't matter that a white man beats the shit out of a black man because he hates him rather than to steal his wallet.

But as far as any implication that Wiesel owes to deniers a quiet and gentlemanly tolerance for their right to air nonsensical claims, he's wrong. He was there, saw it happening, has personal knowledge. It must be agonizing for someone who survived mass murder to hear a bunch of upstart crows croaking false claims about something they weren't there to see. The real nonsense is the prospect of latter-day opinionates presuming to have the standing to question the very existence of a thing that was witnessed by others. The conviction that one can have such standing is a form of psychiatric delusion, related to conspiracy-belief susceptibility, and it makes a fascinating study.

Bradley R. Smith said...

With regard to "psychiatric delusions," Elie Wiesel forwards the claim that after murdered victims were buried at Barbi Yar that for "months afterward geysers of blood" erupted from the earth.

With regard to "being there," the literature is neck deep in false eyewitness testimony about gas chambers by folk who "were there."

With regard to Wiesel himself, google "Elie Wiesel fraud" and you will find much evidence pointing to his fradulent pronouncements. Some by people who might surprise you.

To end, if Elie "was there," he should be able to tell us something about "gas chambers." Unless you feel that it is psychologically "normal" to promote a never ending chorus of accusations of "unique monstrosity" against Germans and call it hate to try to nail down proof for the charge.

We're not talking about Jews here. We are talking about Jews and Germans together -- all the way.

Elie Wiesel is a charming, successful fraud, one supported by the entire academic class, as a class, in America. That alone should give you pause as you look into this fellow's "psychiatric" history.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how a M.D., medical doctor perhaps, can side with one claim about Zyklon B and its insinuating effects and not include that lice carries Typhus. I'm very disappointed that one who appears as a medical doctor did not include a very serious disease that was quite prevalent in concentration camps in those days, killing the Jews. Showers and sanitation were seriously lacking and the spread of this disease was occurring very rapidly as they were living in close quarters.

It seems to me that the Germans were good enough to rid of the parasites, trying to prevent the spread of the disease. The only problem was that many were already sick and couldn't be saved.

Emaciated bodies are the result of this prolonged disease. Wouldn't you agree Dr. Ritter?

bankdraft said...

"If people are being locked-up for questioning the Holocaust, that tells me it's a lie. The truth does not need to be enforced by threat of financial penalty or incarceration."

Am I crazy or is this pretty bizarre logic? I always thought people were locked up precisely for telling the truth