.. that were killed there. The book also contains a picture taken in Belzic of where the mass graves were before the bodies were dug up, burned and the ashes were spread out, most likely in an effort to erase evidence of the magnitude of deaths that occured. I believe that “Holocaust Journey” is a good example of a work containing evidence that makes it impossible to altogether deny that the holocaust happened, but I also belive it to be a terrific example of how the Holocaust deniers are able to support their theories. For example, by calling the genocide of millions of Jews “the final solution”, they do not directly say that they are killing millions of Jews, so in effect, their language can mask their exact intentions.
Also, the burning of bodies and spreading of ashes at Belzec is a great example of the Nazis erasing evidence to masks the horrific magnitude of the holocaust. Because there is not a tremendous wealth of tangible and direct evidence of the mass genocide as one might suspect, denying the magnitude of the holocaust is not as trying a task as it might seem. What is holocaust denial anyway? The Jewish Student Online Research Center at http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Holocaust/denial. html describes it as follows: “One of the most notable anti-semetic propoganda movements to develop over the last two decades had been the organized effort to deny or minimize the established history of Nazi genocide against the Jews.” The goal of holocaust deniers is not to deny that anti-semitism exhisted, but to deny that a mass organized killing program exhisted. Holocaust denial is also known as holocaust “revisionism” and there are an abundance of sites on the net that contain “revisionist” beliefs. Revisionism.Com at www.revisionism.com is a web site that focuses on the belief that genocide did not happen. It provides the sites viewer with both audio and visual speeches on revisionism from people who support this theory such as Ernst Zundel and David Irving. Here is part of a speech by David Irving taken from the web site: “..eye witness reports, the only evidence that can be used against us..
the dissident historians. I think they should be called “verbal testimony” or “oral statements” that is all they are, There is a subtle difference between “verbal statement” on one hand, and “eye witness report” on the other. That’s how they do it.” In other words, because of the lack of physical evidence of mass murders, holocaust deniers or “Revisionsists” can claim that the Jews were in internment camps similar to that of the ones the United States placed the Japanese in during World War II. Here is a god example of the goal of holocaust deniers and what they believe in. This qoute was taken from “The Student Revisionist Resource Site” at http://www.wsu.edu/~lpauling/”: “Revisionists are, in fact, Holocaust DIMINISHERS, not deniers. They are questioners about what they believe are significant exaggerations in the Holocaust tale, and they are critics of the view that somehow this historical event is beyond discussion on pain of being placed in the category of child-molester or worse, shunned by society, even fined and imprisoned by some so-called free countries in the western world.” It goes on to say that Revisionists do not deny that there were wrongs done to the Jews such as the wrongful stealing of property, brutality and many deaths due to disease in poor conditions, yet they look to diminish the terrible things that happened to the Jews by pointing to other horrible aspects of World War II.
They believe that what happened to the Jews was just ONE of the terrible things that happened in the war, and far from the worst. Here is a paragraph taken from the page that belittles what the Jews went through: “One needs merely mention Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the deadly carpet bombing of German and Japanese working class living areas, the Soviet of Germany in their 1945 advance, the treatment of German civilians and German POW’s after the war. One could go on almost ad infinitum in this recitation of atrocities. Fifty million – some say sixty million – died as a result of the war. Was there more criminal behavior on one side than the other?” By denying the mass killings of Jews and claiming they were victims of poor conditions at the concentration camps which came from a lack of materials due to the war costs, which in turn led to disease, holocaust deniers attempt to belittle the terrible things that were done to the Jews by Nazi Germany before and after the war.
They do however, take blame for persecuting and robbing the Jews of their possessions, and in addmitting so much, they may come off as being a group that is speaking the truth. Now that we have established what holocaust denial, or “revisionism” is, we may now examine why holocaust denial came about in the first place. Well, one reason may be that due to the lack of physical evidence, it is easy for them to flat out deny that it happened. But what are the gains from denying the holocaust? Denying the holocaust ever happened is a terrible injustice to the not only the millions who suffered and perished in the concentration camps, but the people close to them who suffered along with them. It is considered by many to be a new form of anti-semitism and one can only imagine the pain it causes to the families of holocaust victims and especially the survivors. Imagine surviving this terrible ordeal and then having someone belittle what happened to you, the grotesque things you witnessed, the grim conditions, the hunger, the forced labor, the imminent threat of being killed alongside many others.
This is why the force of holocaust denial is so strong in terms of anti-semitism, and that is often the goal of hate-orientated groups, to find the best way to hurt a group of people. There are also other benefits of white supremacists in denying the holocaust. First and foremost, it is easier to gain support for their cause if they dont come off as the animals that they are made out to be. Being associated with what happened during the holocaust can turn away many potential followers who hate, but do not neccessarily condone violence and killings. Another paragraph taken from the Student Revisionist Resource Site is yet another example of belittle the Nazi treatment of the Jews.
It is as follows: “Contrary to Holocaust Mythology there was no attempt by Nazis, or anyone else, to exterminate the Jews. There was an attempt, largely successful in the areas controlled by the Axis, to expel the Jews from Europe. In the context of the 1990’s it was a terrible undertaking. In adifferent context, the context of European history over the last two millennia, the expulsion of the Jews from this region or that region was not uncommon. Historically there seems to be something about the Jews that brings forth a plenitude of animosity on the part of people amongst whom they live.” By painting the Nazis as just another group trying to remove the Jews from Europe, Revisionists can claim there is something about the Jews that makes them undesirable and there is a reason that people dont want them around.
This has another along with diminishing the crimes the nazis committed, it feeds into the hatered of Jews as well and makes it seem that this type of hatred has a just cause. Its as if they are saying that “if everybody else hates the Jews, what is so wrong with us hating them as well?”.