Friday, December 30, 2011

Holocaust Controversies: It's Here!

For those who have read "our" indefatigable researchers Carlo Mattogno, Thomas Kues, and Jürgen Graf, the anti-revisionist Web site Holocaust Controversies have produced an imposing "Critique of the Falsehoods of Mattogno, Graf, and Kues."

I haven't read it (just received it - I HAVE read the aforementioned falsehoods themselves), but it looks quite like engagement - 571 pages of it! Even if it is itself a load of falsehoods, it is clearly a very large body of them, assembled with care and even skill by the Others who care about the things we care about.

There are today so few with the awareness involved in appreciating the importance of our issues that I feel we rather owe it to our adversaries to accord their efforts the (considerable) attention involved in evaluating their work - and cheer the spirit of engagement that their massive oeuvre bespeaks!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Glimpse into the Future?

This report, relayed from a "warmist" Web site, is most remarkable for its description of an uneasy kind of truce between those asserting that the world will grow hotter with increasing speed and those saying there is insufficient evidence for such an assertion, and backing up their skepticism with repeated releases of (chiefly e-mailed) evidence of a campaign of deception on the part of many warmists.

This grudging recognition of their opponents by the previously dominant warmist movement came about only after the devastating revelations of "Climategate" (and recently, Climategate II) provided sufficient impetus for admitting the validity of the "deniers'" case. Until that time, such people as Gro Brundtland, Special Envoy of the United Nations for Climate Change, pronounced people who expressed skepticism at the warmist assertions "immoral."

Sound familiar? As yet, no respectable historian has placed his or her career at the mercy of those many (historians and otherwise) who assert the exterminationist understanding of what they have trademarked "The Holocaust," and it may be a long time before any does, despite the many and devastating exposes that have been published of the mendacity of most members of the dominant party to the dispute.

But as the heretofore-dominant case continues to crumble under the relentless and growing attacks it sustains every day from revisionists, the situation at historical conferences may one day come to resemble the description in the article. After all, "Hologate" has already occurred, many times over.

And it will continue to occur, over and over, and worse and worse.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

France: Watch What You Deny

In a move that trades off freedom of expression for consistency in the legislation of historical sensitivity, the French General Assembly will vote on a bill (let's call it Gayssot II) making it a crime to publicly deny the (or a) genocide of Armenians on the part of Turks in World War I.

Objection to this bill is coming from . . . Turkey! The concern expressed by Turkish leaders has everything to do with the reputation of Turks and Turkey and nothing to do with freedom of expression, never a hallmark of Turkish governance to begin with.

This development portends curious future events in French politics. What if, for example, some latter-day Gayssot gets it legislated that it is a crime to deny the postwar genocides against Germans that occurred in Poland and Czechoslovakia? Would fingering Germans as merciless butchers of innocent Jews run one afoul of one of that law's subclauses?

When in France, just keep your mouth shut.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism

First published in
Inconvenient History

Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism

Richard A. Widmann

The terms “Holocaust denial” and “anti-Semitism” are hopelessly bound together in the public consciousness. In an article published this November on a blog page of the Chicago Sun-Times, it was reported that the US State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, would pay particular attention to a growing level of Holocaust denial. The article goes on to report that Rosenthal, the daughter of a survivor of the Buchenwald camp, conducted a group of seven American imams and Muslim community leaders to the sites of the former concentration camps of “Dachau and Auschwitz where millions were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany.” The article concludes with the statement that Rosenthal managed to get from the imams bearing witness to the tragedy of the Holocaust.

It all sounds neat and tidy, except of course that anyone who has bothered to look into the Holocaust story at all understands that millions were not systematically murdered at Dachau and Auschwitz. No historians of the revisionist or orthodox schools have made this claim for decades. Ultimately it is exactly such distortions and anti-German statements that motivate many who seek to revise the history of the Holocaust in light of the facts. And make no mistake about it, assertions that the Germans committed crimes in exaggerated numbers or with false macabre details amounts to anti-Germanism. Would there not be wailing and gnashing of teeth if someone asserted that even thousands of Palestinians were killed in Israeli-run refugee camps? In today’s hyper-sensitive, some might say Orwellian, society, which has exponentially multiplied the political correctness of the 1990s it is impossible to correct such outrageous claims about Dachau and Auschwitz without first being charged with Holocaust denial and then along with it anti-Semitism. It is demanded that everyone accept all claims about the Holocaust no matter how fantastic or improbable.

Plato established in his Gorgias, that when engaging in an argument it is most important to initially define your terms in a precise manner. While the general public unconsciously assumes they understand the terms "Holocaust denial" and "anti-Semitism" and their relationship, the truth is likely far from those carefully planted assumptions.

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