Table of Contents
- Map Showing Main Territorial Changes in Europe, March 1938 to May 1941.
- Definitions and Semantic Development of the Term "Holocaust" (Q:1).
- Importance of the Problem (Q:2-3).
- Cui Bono? Motives for Propagating the Extermination Thesis (Q:4-7).
- Coming to Grips with the Extermination Thesis (Q:8-14).
- Background History of European Jewry (Q:15-53).
- The Case against the Extermination Thesis (Q:54-87).
- Judging the Accused (Q:88-97).
- Perspectives (Q:98-105).
- Exploitation and Results of the Extermination Thesis (Q:106-119).
- Some Important Books on the Controversy (Q:120).
Note: Frequently cited references are usually given in an abbreviated form. Their full equivalents are given in the bibliography at the end of the questions.
MAIN TERRITORIAL CHANGES IN EUROPE, MARCH 1938 TO MAY 1941
(Changes shown by broken lines)
- March 1938: Austria incorporated into Germany ("Anschluss").
- Sept. 1938: Sudetenland (peripheral areas of western Czechoslovakia) incorporated into Germany as a result of Munich Agreement.
- March 1939: Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia established by Germany. Slovakia becomes independent republic.
- March 1939: Memel (between E. Prussia and Lithuania) incorporated into Germany.
- April 1939: Italy occupies Albania.
- Sept. 1939: Western Poland, Danzig, part of Silesia reincorporated into Germany; northern and eastern part of Poland occupied by U.S.S.R.; General Government established by Germany with Crakow as capital.
- 1939 – 1940: U.S.S.R. occupies and later incorporates Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; drives into southeastern parts of Finland, takes Bessarabia from Romania.
- 1939 – 1941: Hungary expands into southern Czechoslovakia, Transylvania and part of Yugoslavia.
- April 1940: Denmark and Norway invaded by Germany.
- May 1940: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, northern and western France occupied by Germany; capital of French state established in Vichy (remaining part of France occupied in November 1942).
- Sept. 1940: Southern Dobruja ceded to Bulgaria.
- May 1941: Yugoslavia and Greece occupied by Germany, Italy and other allies; area around Marbourg incorporated into Germany.
Nearly four decades after the end of the Second World War a number of questions remain as to the origins and conduct of the tragic conflict, which still casts a shadow over all mankind, although innumerable books have been written about this war, scholarly, popular, propagandistic and simply fictional. One of the questions of great significance is the plight of European Jews during the war. Living in a land with a very powerful and vociferous Jewish minority, we Americans still encounter almost daily materials of various sorts pertaining to this aspect of the war, materials created for the most part with a sophisticated calculation. This book has been written primarily for the benefit of thinking, open-minded Americans who want to become familiar with more than one view of the question in order to arrive at the truth. As one participant in the war, I am attempting here to give a view of that aspect based on my own experiences in military intelligence, as well as on subsequent reading, published research and lecturing. As a result of the present and persistent importance of the subject, much innovative investigation has taken place on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly during the last decade or so. My attempt here is not to present much of my own research on special phases of the question. My attempt is, rather, to summarize the findings of those who have investigated the present questions and have cast doubts of various kinds on the generally accepted versions, to give some background on developments which led to the plight of the Jews and to present some of the chief points of evidence which have caused sincere, objective investigators to question popularly held, energetically propagated versions of this phase of the war. I have attempted to set forth information and observations in a form readily accessible to those readers who have not concerned themselves as specialists in this area and in a form also suitable for use as a school study guide. Furthermore, I have frequently given references to some of the more important and recent specialized literature on which I have drawn in order to lead readers to the more detailed works. The references following many of the answers, however, have a second objective. By including them I wish to acknowledge my debt to those courageous and creative researchers who have made this essentially propaedeutic work possible.
Charles E. Weber, Ph.D.
Formerly Head of the Department of Modern Languages,
The University of Tulsa.
A hardcopy of this booklet can be purchased from CODOH/Castle Hill Publishers in the UK.
Additional information about this document
|Author(s):||Charles E. Weber|
|Title:||The 'Holocaust': 120 Questions and Answers|
|Sources:||Institute for Historical Review, Torrance, CA, ISBN 0–939484–07–02; third printing: August 1985|
|First posted on CODOH:||June 23, 2012, 7 p.m.|