While Professor Lipstadt tells us that “facts” about the Holocaust should be checked (beginning when?), Professor Michael Berenbaum tells us “... I have to read [Holocaust] books more skeptically…”
Who is Michael Berenbaum?
Dr. Michael Berenbaum is the former director of the United States Holocaust Museum Research Institute and President of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He lectures widely throughout the United States and four continents. He is the author and editor of twelve books and scores of articles and scholarly essays, his work has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish and Russian.
Berenbaum is also the head of The Berenbaum Group, a consulting company that specializes in the conceptual design of museums and the development of historical films, specifically those relating to the Jewish experience and histories of persecution and genocide. He is also currently involved in scholarly research, the production of interactive materials, and strategic advising of project and institutional development.
The very impressive Dr. Michael Berenbaum, having been asked to read the manuscript for a film based on Herman (The Liar) Rosenblat’s book Angel at the Fence defended the book. He told the Associated Press, "Crazier things have happened."
Berenbaum now says he saw factual errors, including Rosenblat's description of Theresienstadt, the camp from which he was eventually liberated, but didn't think of challenging the love story.
That is he saw “factual errors” in the manuscript but defended The Liar’s book anyhow.
"I was burned," he added. "And I have to read books more skeptically because I was burned."
But here’s the story. Holocaust scholars such as Professors Deborah Lipstadt and Michael Berenbaum are willing to allow fraudulent Holocaust survivor testimonies to go by the board if they are not caught out at it.
Example: when I Google either of these frauds—and I believe I understand the significance of naming Berenbaum and Lipstadt as frauds here—when I Google Lipstadt and Berenbaum with reference to Yankel Wiernik, the author of A Year at Treblinka, to see where they have criticized the “eyewitness” testimony of this Holocaust Survivor-liar, I am unable to find where either of these frauds have checked the “facts” of Wiernik’s eyewitness testimony, or where either has read Wiernik’s testimony “skeptically.”
Here are a handful of claims made be Yankel Wiernik in A Year in Treblinka.
"All looked yellow from the gas..."
"As many as 30,000 people were gassed in one day...."
"The corpses were soaked in gasoline. This entailed considerable expense and the results were inadequate; the male corpses simply would not burn" … [so] the bodies of women were used for kindling the fires"
"10,000 to 12,000 corpses were cremated at one time. The result was one huge inferno, which from the distance looked like a volcano breaking through the earth's crust to belch forth fire and lava"
Wiernik claimed he saw a naked Jewish girl leap over a three-meter (9 ft.) high barbed wire fence, wrench the rifle out of the hands of a pursuing guard, and shoot two other guards before she was overpowered.
He stated that 900,000 Jews were murdered, buried, exhumed, then cremated at Treblinka & all traces disappeared. He claimed that up to 1200 people could fit into an area 7 X 7 m, in other words more than 20 people per sq. meter.
So there you are. I do not find where either of these frauds, either Lipstadt or Berenbaum, have critically questioned Wiernik's testimony, the primary testimony with regard to Treblinka.
I have to add that I have just surprised myself a bit. I have never before thought of your top-of-the-line Holocaust scholars as frauds. I saw them as being wrong about a lot of stuff, as being four-square behind the suppression of revisionist arguments, but somehow I did not see them as “frauds.”
But here I am.
If the Lipstadts and Berenbaums will not check the facts of an obviously dishonest and even crazy “eyewitness” to the Treblinka gas chambers, will not read Wiernik “skeptically,” they are frauds. Not in the sense that they write fraudulently, but that by omission they allow successful fraud to go uncriticized. In effect, they lie by omission where it forwards what they want to be forwarded, by carefully choosing to not question the “facts,” by carefully choosing to not read “skeptically.”
What they want forwarded is the “unique” monstrosity of the Germans, which is the instrument that morally justifies the operations of the Holocaust Marketing Industry, a multi-billion-dollar success story.
Note: if you can take me to page where Holocaust scholars Deborah Lipstadt or Michael Berenbaum have read Yankel Wiernik critically, in the manner that academics are supposed to read such material, I will be willing to confess that this post is wrong-headed, and just wrong. And I will apologize.
And then there is the question of why the professorial class, as a class, follows the lead of such frauds.