What I Believe, What I Don’t, and Why

Published: 1995-02-01

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I understand perfectly well that the Hitlerian regime was antisemitic and persecuted Jews and others. I understand many peoples, European Jews among them, experienced unfathomable tragedies in Europe during World War II.

Nevertheless, I no longer believe the German State pursued a plan to kill all Jews or used homicidal "gassing chambers" for the mass murder of civilians.

The reasons I no longer believe either story is that no physical remains of authentic homicidal gassing chambers exist today, and there are no war-time-generated documents which prove they ever did. I believe the gas chamber story to be a grotesque hoax.

Much "eyewitness" testimony about German atrocities against Jews and others is demonstrably false. It's wrong to bear false witness against others – most of us were taught to understand this when we were children. Suspect "survivor" testimony against anyone, together with those who promote it, should be exposed to the light of public scrutiny.

The attempt to identify every call for open debate about the gas chamber controversy with anti-Jewish sentiment is juvenile. Those who protest that it is more important to be "sensitive" to "survivors" than truthful about the historical record represent a world view that is anathema to civilization.

I'm willing to be convinced I'm wrong about any or all of this. I'm willing to be convinced, for example, that it is "hateful" to weigh the evidence for and against "gas chambers." I'm willing to consider it possible that media and our intellectual elites are correct in their efforts to suppress open debate on gas chambers. I'm even willing to discuss the idea that, with respect to the gas chamber controversy, intellectual freedom undermines a free press and corrupts democracy.

I'm not willing to go away, however. I don't know why, but I'm not willing.

– Bradley R. Smith
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Author(s): Bradley R. Smith
Title: What I Believe, What I Don’t, and Why
Sources: Smith's Report, no. 20, February 1995, p. 2
Published: 1995-02-01
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