The Holocaust Controversy:
The Case for Open Debate
The Contemporary Issue
No subject enrages campus Thought Police more than Holocaust Revisionism.
We debate every other great historical issue as a matter of course, but
influential pressure groups with private agendas have made the Holocaust
story an exception. Elitist dogma manipulated by special interest groups
corrupts everything in academia. Students should be encouraged to investigate
the Holocaust story the same way they are encouraged to investigate every
other historical event. This isn't a radical point of view. The premises
for it were worked out centuries ago during a little something called the
The Historical Issue
Revisionists agree with establishment historians that the German National
Socialist State singled out the Jewish people for special and cruel treatment.
In addition to viewing Jews in the framework of traditional anti-Semitism,
the Nazis also saw them as being an influential force behind international
Communism. During the Second World War, Jews were considered to be enemies
of the State and a potential danger to the war effort, much like the Japanese
were viewed in this country. Consequently, Jews were stripped of their
rights, forced to live in ghettos, conscripted for labor, deprived of their
property, deported from the country of their birth and otherwise mistreated.
Many tragically perished in the maelstrom.
Revisionists part company with establishment historians in that Revisionists
deny that the German State had a policy to exterminate the Jewish people
(or anyone else) by putting them to death in gas chambers or by killing
them through abuse or neglect. Revisionists also maintain that the figure
of 6 million Jewish deaths is an irresponsible exaggeration, and that no
execution gas chambers existed in any camp in Europe which was under German
control. Fumigation gas chambers did exist to delouse clothing and equipment
to prevent disease at the camps. It is very likely that it was from this
life-saving procedure that the myth of extermination gas chambers emerged.
Revisionists generally hold that the Allied governments decided to carry
their wartime "black propaganda" of German monstrosity over into
the postwar period. This was done for essentially three reasons. First,
they felt it necessary to continue to justify the great sacrifices that
were made in fighting two world wars. A second reason was that they wanted
to divert attention from and to justify their own particularly brutal crimes
against humanity which, apart from Soviet atrocities, involved massive
incendiary bombings of the civilian populations of German and Japanese
cities. The third and perhaps most important reason was that they needed
justification for the postwar arrangements which, among other things, involved
the annexation of large parts of Germany into Poland. These territories
were not disputed borderlands but included huge parts of Germany proper.
The millions of Germans living in these regions were to be dispossessed
of their property and brutally expelled from their homelands. Many hundreds
of thousands were to perish in the process. A similar fate was to befall
the Sudeten Germans.
During the war, and in the postwar era as well, Zionist organizations joined
with the Allied Governments and became deeply involved in creating and
promulgating anti-German hate propaganda. There is little doubt that their
purpose was to drum up world sympathy and political and financial support
for Jewish causes, especially for the formation of the State of Israel.
Today, while the political benefits of the Holocaust story have largely
dissipated for the others, the story still plays an important role in the
ambitions of Zionists and other organizations in the Jewish community.
It is the leaders of these political and propaganda organizations who continue
to work to sustain the orthodox Holocaust legend and the myth of German
monstrosity during the Second World War.
Those who would claim that these interpretations are anti-Jewish are reading
into them something which simply is not there. Revisionists do not claim
that Jewish leaders or organizations did anything in the war and postwar
era that the Allied Governments themselves did not do.
For those who believe that the Nuremberg Trials revealed the truth about
German war crimes, it is a bracing shock to discover that the then Chief
Justice of the US Supreme Court, Harlan Fiske Stone, described the Nuremberg
court as "a high grade lynching party for Germans."
We've all seen "The Photographs." Endlessly. Newsreel photos
taken by US and British photographers at the liberation of the German camps,
and especially the awful scenes at Dachau, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.
These films are typically presented in a way in which it is either stated
or implied that the scenes resulted from deliberate policies on the part
of the Germans.
The photographs are real. The uses to which they have been put are base.
There was no German policy at any of those camps to deliberately kill the
internees. In the last months of the war, while Soviet armies were advancing
on Germany from the east, the British and US air arms were destroying every
major city in Germany with saturation bombing. Transportation, the food
distribution system and medical and sanitation services all broke down.
That was the purpose of the Allied bombing, which has been described as
the most barbarous form of warfare in Europe since the Mongol invasions.
Millions of refugees fleeing the Soviet armies were pouring into Germany.
The camps still under German control were overwhelmed with internees from
the east. By early 1945 the inmate population was swept by malnutrition
and by epidemics of typhus, typhoid, dysentery and chronic diarrhea. Even
the mortuary systems broke down. When the press entered the camps with
British and US soldiers, they found the results of all that. They took
Still, at camps such as Buchenwald, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen tens of thousands
of relatively healthy internees were liberated. They were there in the
camps when "The Photographs" were taken. There are newsreels
of these internees walking through the camps streets laughing and talking.
Others picture exuberant internees throwing their caps in the air and cheering
their liberators. It is only natural to ask why you haven't seen those
particular films and photos while you've seen the others scores and even
hundreds of times.
Spokesmen for the Holocaust Lobby like to assure us that there are "tons"
of captured German documents which prove the Jewish genocide. When challenged
on this, however, they can produce only a handful of documents, the authenticity
or interpretation of which is always highly questionable. If pressed for
reliable documentation, the Lobby will then reverse itself and claim that
the Germans destroyed all the relevant documents to hide their evil deeds,
or it will make the absurd claim that the Germans used a simplistic code
language or whispered verbal orders for mass murders into each others'
With regard to the alleged genocide of the European Jews, all available
documentation indicates that there was no order for it, no plan, no budget,
no weapon (that is, no so-called execution gas chamber) and no victim (that
is, not a single autopsied body at any camp has been shown to have been
As documentary "proofs" for the mass murder of the European
Jews fall by the wayside, Holocaust historians depend increasingly on "eyewitness"
testimonies to support their theories. Many of these testimonies are ludicrously
unreliable. History is filled with stories of masses of people claiming
to be eyewitnesses to everything from witchcraft to flying saucers.
During and after the war there were "eyewitnesses" to mass murder
in gas chambers at Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and other camps in
Germany proper. Today, virtually all recognized scholars dismiss this eyewitness
testimony as false, and agree that there were no extermination gas chambers
in any camp in Germany proper.
Establishment historians, however, still claim that extermination gas chambers
existed at Auschwitz and at other camps in Poland. The eyewitness testimony
and the evidence for this claim is, in reality, qualitatively no different
(from) the false testimony and evidence for the alleged gas chambers at
the camps in Germany proper.
During the war crimes trials many "eye witnesses" testified that
Germans made soap out of human fat and lamp shades from human skin. Allied
prosecutors even produced evidence to support these charges. For decades,
highly respected scholars at the most prestigious universities in the Western
world sanctioned these stories, leading us to believe that they were "irrefutable
truths." But, with time, many such stories have become untenable,
and in May 1990 Yehuda Bauer, director of Holocaust studies at Hebrew University
in Tel Aviv, admitted that: "The Nazis never made soap from Jews.
. ." (quoted in "The Jerusalem Post," International Edition,
5 May 1990, p. 6). This is only one recent example where an "irrefutable"
Holocaust "truth" has been exposed as a monstrous lie.
With regard to confessions by Germans at war crimes trials, it is now well
documented that many were obtained through coercion, intimidation and even
British historian David Irving, perhaps the most widely read historian
writer in English, has called the Auschwitz death-camp story a "sinking
ship" and states that there were "no gas chambers at Auschwitz.
. . "
The Auschwitz State Museum has recently revised its half-century old claim
that 4 million humans were murdered there. The Museum now says maybe it
was 1 million. But what proof does the Museum provide to document the 1
million figure? None. The Communist propagandists who manage the museum
have put on display piles of hair, boots and eyeglasses, etc. While such
displays are effective propaganda devices, they are worthless as historical
documentation for "gassings" or a program of "extermination."
Meanwhile, Revisionists want to know where those three million souls have
been for the last 45 years. Were they part of the fabled Six Million?
Those who promote the Holocaust story complain that "the whole world"
was indifferent to the genocide which allegedly was occurring in German-occupied
Europe. When asked why this was the case the promoters usually respond
by saying that it was due to some great moral flaw in the nature of Western
man. At other times they make the absurd claim that people did not realize
the enormity of what was happening. It is true that the world responded
with indifference. How else should people have responded to that which
they did not believe, and which for them was a non-event?
It is certain that if there had been "killing factories" in Poland
murdering millions of civilians, then the Red Cross, the Pope, humanitarian
agencies, the Allied governments, neutral governments, and prominent figures
such as Roosevelt, Truman, Churchill, Eisenhower and many others would
have known about it and would have often and unambiguously mentioned it,
and condemned it. They didn't! The promoters admit that only a tiny group
of individuals believed the story at the timep;many of whom were connected
with Jewish propaganda agencies. The rise of the Holocaust story reads
more like the success story of a PR campaign than anything else.
Winston Churchill wrote the six volumes of his monumental work, "The
Second World War," without mentioning a program of mass-murder and
genocide. Maybe it slipped his mind. Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his memoir
"Crusade in Europe," also failed to mention gas chambers. Was
the weapon used to murder millions of Jews unworthy of a passing reference?
Was our future President being insensitive to Jews?
Political Correctness and Holocaust Revisionism
Many people, when they first hear Holocaust Revisionist arguments, find
themselves bewildered. The arguments appear to make sense, but "How
is it possible?" The whole world believes the Holocaust story. It's
just not plausible that so great a conspiracy to suppress the truth could
have functioned for half a century.
To understand how it could very well have happened, one needs only to reflect
on the intellectual and political orthodoxies of medieval Europe, or those
of Nazi Germany or the Communist-bloc countries. In all of these societies
the great majority of scholars were caught up in the existing political
culture. Committed to a prevailing ideology and its interpretation of reality,
these scholars and intellectuals felt it was their right, and even their
duty, to protect every aspect of that ideology. They did so by oppressing
the evil dissidents who expressed "offensive" or "dangerous"
ideas. In every one of these societies, scholars became Thought Police.
In our own society, in the debate over the question of political correctness,
there are those who deliberately attempt to trivialize the issue. They
claim that there is no real problem with freedom of speech on our campuses,
and that all that is involved with PC (political correctness) are a few
rules which would defend minorities from those who would hurt their feelings.
There is, of course, a deeper and more serious aspect to the problem. On
American campuses today there is a wide range of ideas and viewpoints that
are forbidden to be discussed openly. Even obvious facts and realities,
when they are politically unacceptable, are denied and suppressed. One
can learn much about the psychology and methodology of Thought Police by
watching how they react when just one of their taboos is broken and Holocaust
Revisionism is given a public forum.
First they express outrage that such offensive and dangerous ideas were
allowed to be expressed publicly. They avoid answering or debating these
ideas, claiming that to do so would give them a forum and legitimacy. Then
they make vicious personal attacks against the Revisionist heretic, calling
him dirty political names such as "anti-Semite," "racist,"
or "Neo-Nazi," and they even suggest that he is a potential mass
murderer. They publicly accuse the Revisionist of lying, but they don't
allow the heretic to hear the specific charge against him or to face his
accusers so that he can answer this slander.
The Holocausters accuse Revisionists of being hate-filled people who are
promoting a doctrine of hatred. But Revisionism is a scholarly process,
not a doctrine or an ideology. If the Holocaust promoters really want to
expose hatred, they should take a second look at their own doctrines, and
a long look at themselves in a mirror.
Anyone on campus who invites a Revisionist to speak is himself attacked
as being insensitive. When a Revisionist does speak on campus, he is oftentimes
shouted down and threatened. Campus libraries and bookstores face intimidation
when they consider handling Holocaust revisionist materials. All this goes
on while the majority of faculty and university administrators sit dumbly
by, allowing political activists to determine what can be said and what
can be read on their campus.
Next, the Thought Police set out to destroy the transgressor professionally
and financially by "getting" him at his job or concocting a lawsuit
against him. The courts are sometimes used to attack Revisionism. The Holocausters
often deceptively claim that Revisionist scholarship has been proven false
during a trial. The fact is that Revisionist arguments have never been
evaluated or judged by the courts.
Finally, the Thought Police try to "straighten out" that segment
of academia or the media that allowed the Revisionists a forum in the first
It can be an instructive intellectual exercise to identify taboo subjects,
other than Holocaust Revisionism, which would evoke comparable responses
from Thought Police on our campuses.
Recently, some administrators in academia have held that university administrations
should take actions to rid the campus of ideas which are disruptive to
the university. This is a very dangerous position for administrators to
take. It is an open invitation to tyranny. It means that any militant group
with "troops at the ready" can rid the campus of ideas it opposes
and then impose its own orthodoxy. The cowardly administrator finds it
much easier and safer to rid the campus of controversial ideas than to
face down a group of screaming and snarling militants. But it is the duty
of university administrators to insure that the university remains a free
marketplace of ideas. When ideas cause disruptions, it is the disrupters
who must be subdued, not the ideas.
The influence of Holocaust Revisionism is growing steadily both here
and abroad. In the United States, Revisionism was launched in earnest in
1977 with the publication of the book "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century"
by Arthur R. Butz. Professor Butz teaches electrical engineering and computer
sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Those who take up the Revisionist cause represent a wide spectrum of political
and philosophical positions. They are certainly not the scoundrels, liars
and demons the Holocaust Lobby tries to make them out to be.
The fact is, there are no demons in the real world. People are at their
worst when they begin to see their opponents as an embodiment of evil,
and then begin to demonize them. You can do anything you want to a demon.
That logic will not succeed.