Fragments—Another Ordinary Life

Published: 2012-09-20

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*** From Germar Rudolf:

Just read your piece on "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". I read "The First 49 Stories" by Hemmingway (a book featuring his first 49....) while in prison, The Snows being a part of it. I was amazed to read your first positive remarks about that story and your disappointment upon viewing the movie the second time. Harry "was not admirable, but petulant, resentful, and overbearing." But that's exactly how Hemingway writes, I thought. Well, you confirmed it later, after having re-read the story. Then came relief at the end of your piece: "I don't care so much for Hemingway's prose any longer either. Some of it is still very beautiful. But there is stuff in there that leaves a bad taste in my mouth."

Right! I thought the very same when I read those 49 stories. Most of them are just as pathetic, with so much petulance, resentment, and pomposity. As a matter of fact, Hemingway having been a pervert shines through most of his stories. They have a strong streak of perversion in them. I dislike Hemingway both for his personality and his writings. They are entangled. I know Hemingway is a big shot, so saying bad things about him will make a lot of people look not too favorably at me. But who cares? Dostoyevsky is a huge figure, too, whose style I don't like either. Same reason: too negative. Tolstoy and Dickens are my kind of guys.

Here is the piece I wrote titled “Elie Wiesel and the Snows of Kilimanjaro.”

*** Norman Finkelstein posted these remarks on his Webpage:

“Ten years ago this past month my book The Holocaust Industry was published. It evoked outrage from the Jewish-Holocaust-Israel establishment and marked the beginning of the end of my academic career. I lost my job at Hunter College right after its publication and DePaul University cited it as grounds for denying me tenure in 2007.

“Much of the outrage was directed at the chapter entitled The Double Shakedown, in which I documented the Holocaust industry’s blackmail of European governments in the name of ‘needy Holocaust victims’ and then the shakedown of Holocaust victims by the Jewish organizations that pocketed the ‘Holocaust compensation’ monies. Although controversial then, it has now become a commonplace how corrupt this racket was.

“Nearly all the principals in the Holocaust shakedown racket— Rabbi Israel Singer, Alan Hevesi, Burt Neuborne, Neal Sher, Melyvn Weiss, Edward Fagan, Avraham Herschson—have been exposed as crooks. A central role in this racket has been played by the Claims’ Conference. I post below a recent chapter in the sordid saga.

“I would enter one caveat however: the biggest crooks are not those who embezzled money from the Crooks’ Conference but those who run it, in particular the filthy Greg Schneider. Out of deference to the memory of my late parents, I categorically oppose the death penalty (both my parents vehemently opposed it), but out of respect for their memory I also certainly wouldn’t mind if all these characters were hoisted on the nearest lamppost by ropes around their necks.”

So Professor Finkelstein, while being a real scholar, has a real sense of humor. I think I have mentioned this before. Some time ago I wrote Professor Finkelstein asking what his mother, a strong personality herself with a sense of humor, a “survivor” of the camps, had to say about chambers, if they had ever chatted about gas chambers. I did not expect him to reply, and he did not. But in all these years of the son examining and tearing apart the Holocaust Industry, which depends above all else on those stories to raise money, he carefully avoids it. I really don’t get it. How much else does he have to lose?

*** In the mornings now, when I open the Venetian blinds and pull back the curtains in the living/dining room, Cyrano begins saying “good morning” to me. Neither Audrey nor her father was able to get Cyrano to say good morning. I still remember the morning Audrey drove away from our house on her way to Alabama, the tears running down her face for having to leave Cyrano behind. That was ten years ago. He had already been in his cage for 24 years. Now, after another ten, it’s 34 years. Michael Vick went to jail for cruelty to animals—fighting dogs. What does it mean to keep a parrot that is capable of some thought caged for 34 years?

Memory recalls a book title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I didn’t read the book but the title stayed with me. I have often thought that I would like to know why the caged bird sings, but like so many other things, I never got around to it. The book was published in 1969. Coincidentally, when I made these notes, it was Black History Month, at least on PBS. A lot of film about the Black civil rights revolt in the 50s and 60s. Looking back on it, recognizing even at the time how big the movement was and how important, I wonder now why I did nothing whatever to take part in it.

In the 1950s for me there were the Korean memories, Mexico, a first marriage and the beginning of the visions. In the 60s it was selling books, the Tropic of Cancer trial, being down and out on Hollywood Boulevard and the increasing intensity of the visions, and then Vietnam, a new family and by that time it was the mid-70s and the greatest part of the civil rights drama had climaxed. The civil-rights work itself was not finished, it still isn’t, but the climactic drama was over. Maybe it was the distractions—Korea, Mexico, the visions, Vietnam and the rest of it. Maybe those distractions account for my lack of involvement. Still…

*** “Dear Bradley; Thank you for your acknowledgment of my donation. You're welcome. I first learned about you at WhatReallyHappened ( and after doing some research, and writing to Richard Widmann at Inconvenient History, I decided to support your work for a year (I actually first emailed you about this matter back in 2009). My support is despite the fact that I almost never donate to causes/people if I have no knowledge of how their finances are handled. What I've read about you in general, plus Mr. Widmann's conscientious replies, persuaded me to contribute in this case.

“I sincerely wish you well as we attempt to fight the powerful Zionist influence in U.S. society. (If you don't mind my asking, was your move to Mexico due to that 'Israel-first', pervading, harmful influence, something else, or both?) As for me, I left the States for the first time in college when I was a fairly patriotic guy... but now can see the evil that the US/Israeli/British governments are carrying out worldwide more clearly. I tell many people that the true 'Axis of Evil' runs from Washington, D.C. - London - Tel Aviv. It saddens and sometimes depresses me, but we must face the truth, even if it's ugly, right?

“Well, take care and please accept this one truth-seeker's thanks for your efforts.”


*** Somewhere online I came across a short text referencing Holocaust denial and mentioning that there was a new phrase appearing here to compete with the newspeak term “denial.” The term is “Holocaust-obsessed.” I thought it rather interesting, that I might use it.

And then, out of the blue, the brain suggested “Holocaust suckers.” The connection I suppose being that those who are obsessed with the Holocaust are suckers for the story. Holocaust suckers. I had nothing to do with this creation. The brain did it by itself.

*** Watching Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl. It was produced in 1968. I remember one scene from 40-odd years ago. Streisand dashing from the wing of the stage (as Fanny Bryce), tripping and falling on her face before the audience with a tremendous energy that could not have been surpassed. Never forgot it.

Tonight I am struck by her beauty. I had not seen that before. Particularly beautiful in profile. Not like the truly pretty girls she is surrounded by in the film, but beauty with great character.

Walter Pidgeon played Florenz Ziegfeld in the movie. I recall one of the nights I went into the bar at Musso & Frank on Hollywood Boulevard and Pidgeon was sitting at a table in the big open dining room with three friends. I had grown up watching him on screen, and now there he was. On screen he was a big presence.

When we lived in Hollywood, my wife cleaned house for the Mussos.

*** Thomas Jefferson has been quoted as saying that giving information to the people is to be preferred to giving “energy” to the government. Revisionists side with Jefferson here. We are not Holocaust-obsessed, but are in the business of giving information to the people, of encouraging people to exchange information one with the other.

Those who are obsessed with the Holocaust, who are suckers for the story from beginning to end, specialize in giving “energy” to the powerful, in and out of Government.

It’s not just Jews who are Holocaust-obsessed. Leading the pack are such folk as:

*** UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, announces that in order to support the development of Holocaust Education worldwide, UNESCO is launching two new projects. One: a global mapping of Holocaust Education worldwide. The study will begin with an assessment of curricula from 195 countries, showing where and to what extent the Holocaust is established in the official school syllabus. The result will take the form of a global mapping, illustrating where the Holocaust is actually being taught.

And two: a Regional Consultation with 13 African countries on the theme “Why Teach about Genocide? The Example of the Holocaust”. For the first time in Africa, education leaders will have the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation on this subject with specialized educators and Holocaust and genocide scholars.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, addressed folk at the USHMM to state that every generation produces extremist voices that deny the Holocaust ever happened. That “we must remain vigilant against those deniers… because when heads of state and religious leaders deny the Holocaust from their bully pulpits, we cannot let their lies go unanswered. That we need to make clear that violence, bigotry will not be tolerated… Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable.”

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, addressed heads of states and delegates from the 120 members of the Non-aligned Movement in Teheran. Mr. Ban denounced Iran for its "outrageous" comments denying the Holocaust and Israel's right to exist. “I strongly reject… outrageous comments to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust.”

Holocaust obsessed at the highest levels, sucking power from media into their bureaucracies, the ruling elites, into themselves.

Yet another from the USHMM:

*** “Our nation's young people are returning to school.

“And for some, the dangerous distortions of Holocaust denial will infiltrate their campuses under the guise of free thought and open debate.

“You and I know this is absurd, but to an impressionable student, the misinformation spread by Holocaust deniers may sound reasonable. We must do everything we can to confront -- and combat -- this deception.

“We are more than halfway toward reaching our $20,000 fundraising goal -- the cost of organizing one of our teacher training workshops.

“That's why we put so much effort into training teachers nationwide to incorporate the lessons of the Holocaust into their curricula.

“Our workshops on college campuses educate hundreds of future teachers per year, each of whom will reach thousands of students during their career. Together, we are shaping the next generation of citizens and leaders who will be responsible for building a better world.

“Please support this essential work with a generous gift today:


“Peter Fredlake

“Director, National Outreach for Teacher Initiatives: USHMM”

I have a simple new text link ad for Director Fredlake:

“Inconvenient History ???”.

You will understand where the link will take the student and her professors.

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Author(s): Bradley R. Smith
Title: Fragments—Another Ordinary Life
Sources: Smith's Report, No. 193, September 2012, pp. 3f., 15f.
Published: 2012-09-20
First posted on CODOH: Sept. 21, 2012, 7 p.m.
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