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Letter to the Editor Fitzhugh
626 Connaught Dr.
Hello Jasper Fitzhugh-
I am a member of the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.
I would like to respectfully comment on Mr. Jacobs’ post of today wherein he claims that, Holocaust denial, in short, requires individuals to suspend history and science in service to hatred.
I disagree that there is anything hateful or anti-Semitic in being a Revisionist.
We at CODOH feel that much of that history that we are taught today has been influenced by Soviet, British and American wartime propaganda which exaggerated and exploited real tragedies for propaganda purposes. This concerns not just Jews but Slavs, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses and, in some versions, Gays.
I am writing to mention that recent scholarly research has greatly altered our understanding of events of the War years. The example of Majdanek Camp epitomizes the matter.
In 1946 evidence admitted to the Nuremberg Tribunal asserted that 1,400,000 people were murdered at Majdanek Camp, at Lublin Poland, and turned into human fertilizer.
Revisionists have long disputed the size of this number. On Dec. 23, 2005 we were shown to be correct when the Auschwitz State Museum posted “Majdanek Victims Enumerated”. Changes in the history textbooks?..Kranz, director of the Research Department of the State Museum at Majdanek, asserts that approximately 59,000 Jews and 19,000 people of other ethnic backgrounds, mostly Poles and Byelorussians, died there.”
When the Auschwitz State Museum calls for changes in the Textbooks, I do not understand why anyone can be angry at Ms. Schaefer, let alone report her to the police, for saying the same thing. We need more discussion and research not more attempts at silencing other people.
I add that 78,000 deaths is still a horrible tragedy but it is a quantum difference from the Nuremberg figure of 1,400,000. How could the Tribunal have gotten it so wrong?
I respectfully state to Mr. Jacobs that not believing in the impossible and horrible tales of Steam chambers or human soap factories no more makes me anti-Semitic than not believing in the Transubstantiation of Flesh makes me anti-Christian.
Real history was bad enough. Why make things up?
Yours for free speech, honest scholarship, and accurate history.
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 20774
York PA 17402
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|Title||Letter to the Editor Fitzhugh|
|Dates||published: 2016-07-27, first posted on CODOH: July 27, 2016, 10:57 p.m., last revision: n/a|