The following letter was written to The Daily Lobo by a Ph.D professor at The University of New Mexico. I apologize if all these guys sound alike to you. But I think as we add it up, we will help to make clear that with regard to this issue the professorial class, as a class, has only a generic answer for any serious question about Auschwitz or gas chambers. None appear to be willing to indulge themselves in any independent thinking whatever.
Burden of proof is on ad writer for showing Holocaust was hoax
A recent ad in the Daily Lobo asserts that the extermination of Jews in World War II was a hoax and challenges "professors" to provide proof of the extermination. Since when is it OK to advance a proposition and then shift the burden of proof to others? The extermination of Jews by the Nazis was first reported in the New York Times on July 3, 1944, and was therefore a contemporaneous account. Subsequent reports of the Holocaust from newspaper reporters, photojournalists and liberating Allied soldiers made the news for several years.
And since then, the mutually corroborating accounts of survivors have been recorded ad infinitum. We also have authentic physical remains of the Holocaust, such as the camps themselves and their execution chambers. So, personally, I happen to believe that the Holocaust was an authentic event. This belief is similar to others I happen to hold but cannot personally prove. For example, that the United States declared its independence from England in 1776.
If the ad writer wants to change my mind, then let him bring forth the proof of the hoax. Bring me the positive evidence that shows large numbers of individuals conspired together over many years, across ethnic and linguistic divides, in the midst of a war, to fabricate a story and managed to get that story and accompanying horrific pictures on the front pages of every major newspaper in the world. Bring me the positive evidence of faked photographs of mass graves, of holes dug in the ground and actors dressed up as emaciated corpses. Bring me the evidence of a conspiracy, by Jews and Allied soldiers alike, of epic scale. Until then, I fear that the real danger is not that the ad writer deludes Daily Lobo readers, but that he deludes himself, to paraphrase historian David Hackett Fischer.
Scott S. Sibbett
Here is my response to Professor Sibbett, posted on The Daily Lobo page
Professor Sibbett writes that A recent ad in the Daily Lobo asserts that the extermination of Jews in World War II was a hoax and challenges ?professors? to provide proof of the extermination. The ad does not assert what Sibbett claims it asserts, and it does not challenge professors to provide proof of what Sibbett claims it does. Review the text of the ad.
The key text in the ad asks for help in finding one professor on your campus who can provide the name, with proof, of one person killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. Professor Sibbett really needs to pay attention to the text, just as if he were in class.
As a matter of fact, Professor Sibbett is wiling to address what was written by the New York Times, other newspaper reporters, photojournalists and liberating Allied soldiers, conspiracy theory, ethnic and linguistic divides, horrific pictures, mass graves, holes dug in the ground and so on and on.
The one point that Professor Sibbett appears to be unwilling to address is the question posed in the ad: is there one professor on the UNM campus who can provide, with proof, the name of one person who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz.
If there is such a professor at UNM, apparently it is not our Professor Sibbett. As a matter of fact, he does not even mention gas chambers here, or Auschwitz. Why not?
Why avoid the one question asked, and spend so much time running around the mullberry bush?