WARNING! HISTORICAL REVISIONISM REVEALED
This article is the first in a two part series. I have picked out some texts from historical revisionist web sites in order to clarify the rhetoric in their so called “evidences that Holocaust never did happen.” Even if it may be a disgusting reading, it is important that we do not turn a blind eye to the fact that there are people who seriously believe that the eradication of millions of people never occurred, although there are historical facts and testimonies that say otherwise. But even these obvious proofs are resisted with pure lies from the deniers.
For a very long time, historical revisionists have come forward with “alternative” views on history. They are often refered to as “Holocaust deniers” and it applies especially to those “historians” with an agenda who, since World War II, have denied the extermination of six million Jews, hundreds of thousands of Romanis, homosexuals, political dissidents, disabled persons among many others. First and foremost, I want to make a summary of the historical background to this “phenomenon” but also the fact that these hostile thoughts seem to have been embraced by some religious groups in society. It is in a context where gays are targets for this rhetoric!
There are several “historians” out there; Robert Faurisson and Roger Garaudy in France, Siegfried Verbeke in Belgium, Jürgen Graf and Gaston-Armand Amaudruz in Switzerland, Ernst Zundel and Germar Rudolf in Germany, David Irving, UK and Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, leader of the syncretic and mainly African-American religious movement the Nation of Islam, NOI and Ahmed Rami, Radio Islam, in charge of a broadcasting with a clearly racist content on a local radio station in Stockholm in the late 1980’s to early 90’s. His website with the same name is translated into twenty languages and is regarded as the most informative knowledge channel for revisionists. Simon Wiesenthal Center were some of those who for a long time have tried to stop his website by contacting web providers and make them aware of the hate-filled content. Moreover, they have also for many years tirelessly documented other neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic activities around the world. I joined the work in mid-1990’s to document neo-Nazi events in the Nordic countries. Several web providers were able to throw out Ahmed Rami’s website, just to see it show up under a new domain. Now the website has been up for several years without protests and attracts many interested visitors who do not have any idea about the lies, hate and slander which he target various groups in society, where not only Jews and homosexuals are victimized.
These hostile sub-groups in society have as a declaration put forward new interpretations of historical facts. Historical facts which they cold-bloodedly have distorted and twisted to trick people who are not familiar with historical events and often they find support for their racist opinions through a distorted interpretation of the Bible. And I must say that the lack of knowledge of our history seems to be huge! I have for long wondered why people live in denial of the Holocaust and asked myself why is it so important to maintain this position? I have researched a lot on my own over the neo-Nazi movement in Europe and followed the debate from both sides, so to speak. I have had support from several international organisations, of which I am a member of a couple of them. I have previously mentioned in one of my articles, that Sweden during almost the entire 1990’s stood at the forefront of the spread of anti-Semitic propaganda in the form of magazines, flyers, radio programmes, t-shirts with Nazi symbols and music from the White Aryan Resistance movement.
You will also see a special kind of rhetoric, well known when talking about historical revisionism, that repeats once again, this time within some religious groups. I will return to this soon if you follow me. Past events in recent time have been going on over the last years, all to spread a false message as to seriously hurt other people and most of all, in an attempt to change the history in order to demonize certain individuals or groups of individuals in society. First a review on historical revisionism.
Here is an extract from a broadcast from Radio Islam, Stockholm Community radio from Sept. 4, 1992;
My name is Robert Faurisson. I am 63 years old. I come from France. And I am ready to answer your questions. But first, someone asked me: what is revisionism? Revisionists are people who believe that we must revise the basic accepted views: when you ask for a review of a trial. For example, someone is charged, someone is declared guilty. And you think you want a review of the trial. And the result can be that the person is no longer required. This is fundamentally, guilty, not guilty.
Another example of revisionism, before the word even existed. We can take the example of Galileio. At that time, people believed the Earth was flat and that the Sun orbited around the Earth. And people such as Copernicus and Galileio said: “no, this is wrong.” And remember, at that time it was thought that the Earth was flat and that the Earth didn’t move and to understand this, you only needed to use your own eyes. See, you can see that the earth is flat. And you only had to use a little common sense, for if the earth spun, people would not be able to stand, trees would not be able to stand due to gravity. And at that time, said Galileio Galilei: I am sorry, but the fact is that the Earth is not flat, it spins. And remember the difficulties he received when people replied: Oh Galileio, you say this just because you are against the Church, you are against the Bible, you are against Christianity. But this was not true. Galilieo Galilei said that he believed this was accurate.
And I think it’s the same thing with us, at least for me, when people say: Oh Faurisson, you say that you are against the Jews. I want to be precise. So we have to revise history, especially after any war. Because during the war are not necessarily war propaganda, meaning lies. So after a war, man review, we must verify.
In the radio programme, Faurisson counts up lie after lie, full of historical revisionism. Among other things, he dismisses the eradication of 6,000,000 Jews and hundreds of thousands of other victims of Nazism;
When people ask me: what is the basis for the myth of the gas chambers. So, as I said unto you: on March 22, 1916, London Daily Telegraph. But between us, I believe that the myth of the gas chambers is as old as humanity. I mean it. Before before the word gas, gas comes from chaos. Before the invention of the word, so I think people already believed in gas. What would be the gas.
Since people already believed in invisible arms that are so strong that they can kill you, but you can not see them. And many are thinking: Oh, what if I could kill someone with no trace, etc. magically, you know. Pure magic, is when you kill someone without someone seeing it and satan, witchcraft, similar things, is as old as humanity.
So the gas chamber is as old as, I don’t know how many 1000’s of years. Since people, including chemists, believe that there is no difference between, as I said at the beginning, to be killed by accident or suicide, and to kill anyone. They believe that gas is something you can use everywhere.
Who wants the power to make revisionism visible to humans?
Another good question. What can I say? Sometimes I say, Sir, will you help me, do you really want to help me succeed, to get rid of this lie? This lie is a religion, the Holocaust-religion. There is no example of a religion that has disappeared with the help of reason. No example. You may remove a religion with another religion. So please, give me a new religion. With it, I can remove it.
DEFINITION HISTORICAL REVISIONISM
Also called Negationism. This is the revision of history in order to omit something that actually happened. Historical revisionism can also be defined as a distortion of historical facts and events, manipulating statistical series to support negationism, distrusting genuine documents. Examples of negationism include Holocaust denial. Negationism on the Internet was a phenomenon I studied in the mid-90’s when neo-Nazi groups moved from the streets and built up networks with other neo-Nazis on the Internet around the world. Historical revisionism and negationism has through history dealt with denial of other victims as well, such as African people, Romanis, Jewish, Kurdish and Armenian people among many, many others.
Here is an example from a Swedish anti-semitic website:
“Despite the fact that these assaults and constant attacks from the media identified him [Faurisson] as worse than the devil, he has never strayed a millimetre. Faurisson got attention in december 2006 when he took part in the high-profile Conference on the ‘Holocaust’ in Tehran in Iran. He was invited as a guest speaker by the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad had invited both historians who believe in ‘the Holocaust’ and history revisionists. This is unique because the ‘Holocaust’ usually is just ‘discussed’ between people who are believers. This led the media to speak of a conference for ‘Holocaust deniers,’ which was not the case. In Teheran a variety of people were gathered from all over the world and Faurisson gave a speech called ‘The Victory of Revisionism’ in which he spoke of various milestones in revisionist history.”
(Extract from Swedish anti-semitic website Realisten, “The Realist”)
Ever since the terrible Nazi crimes were revealed to the world after the war, there have been people who deny the Holocaust. Early on highly supported by the Protestant as well as the Catholic church during World War II. People today are still trying to make their own interpretation of events during the Second World War. It has given rise to a new school of historical interpretation and they call themselves “Historical revisionists.”
WHAT ARE THEIR VALUES?
According to historical revisionists and Holocaust deniers, the Holocaust was a huge lie manufactured by the Jews. The Nazis believed that the Jews had a worldwide campaign to enslave the non-Jewish world. Jews weakened previously healthy nations with ideas such as democracy, parliamentarism, marxism and capitalism. According to the latest historical revisionists, the Holocaust Jewish trick is to “strengthen the Jewish positions in the world.” The reason, they say, why no one has proven the Jewish holocaust lie, the Holocaust deniers simply see as another sign of how well executed “lie” this is and helps to strengthen their fight to uncover the conspiracy.
What is the purpose of historical revisionism? One answer is that they want to reveal and debunk what they call, a “great historical hoax” of a Jewish conspiracy.
“If you remove the Holocaust, you will be struck with amazement over Hitler’s brilliance.”
(Winston Smith, leader of the National Socialist White Peoples Party)
SOME OF THEIR ARGUMENTS
The Holocaust deniers conduct research to substantiate their arguments. The basic principle is that “there is not, cannot be and must be no evidence of the Holocaust.” A common opinion after World War II, was that the extermination camps were invented and that the camps were “decorated” and a scenario was staged by the Russians and the allies with false evidence after the camps had been emptied, as to get the world to believe that these were extermination camps. In this context, furnaces, pipes and barracks with devices for gas poisoning is said to be fictitious.
The revisionists refuse to see facts and as such, they base their arguments on pure lies. The historical documentation of the Holocaust is so comprehensive and unambiguous that it is impossible to scientifically prove the opposite! The genocides were real!
WHO ARE THE HOLOCAUST DENIERS?
One of the main characters was early on Faurisson. Here is a quote from Radio Islam.
“Robert Faurisson is well-known in Sweden since 1992 and in 1993 he was on a visit to Stockholm. French Jewish extremists had also come to Sweden to work with Swedish leftists to stop him by force and, if necessary, kill him because he would not hold talks. Because of the threat to the local rental company and stone throwing and violence already at Arlanda airport, there was no talk in 1993.
Since then, he has written new books and participated in numerous conferences around the world. Most recently he participated at the internationally acclaimed Holocaust Conference in Tehran in Iran in december 2006.”
Source: Radio Islam, Ahmed Rami’s anti-semitic site, translation from Swedish. Robert Faurisson, born January 25, 1929 in Surrey, England. Franco-British revisionist and professor in French literature. In 1956 he received the French title Agrégation (French academic title) and doctorate in 1972. Faurisson has taught at the University of Lyon from 1973 to 1990. Read more on Ahmed Rami in my article “Racism and Xenophobia” posted on May 12, 2012.
“…Robert Faurisson has visited Sweden twice during the 1990’s, which generated headlines because Jewish groups wanted him to be stopped at Arlanda airport. Among other things, a group of activists had arrived from the militant Jewish group ‘Betar’ in France in order to forcibly prevent Faurisson from presenting the results of their research. In March 2007, he visited Sweden once again for a series of lectures. These took place without attacks from outside.”
Source: Swedish Metapedia.org.
David John Cawdell Irving (born 24 March 1938) is an English writer, best known for his denial of the Holocaust, who specialises in the military and political history of World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany. He is the author of 30 books on the subject, including “The Destruction of Dresden” (1963), “Hitler’s War” (1977), “Uprising!” (1981), “Churchill’s War” (1987), and “Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich” (1996). First known in 1988, Irving as historian denies after have been long participated in the IHR’s conferences (Institute for Historical Review.) Because of his revisionist views, he has been banned from several countries, including Austria, Germany and Canada.
QUOTES FROM KNOWN HISTORICAL REVISIONISTS
“I ask myself several questions. I’m not saying the gas chambers didn’t exist. I haven’t seen them myself. I haven’t particularly studied the question. But I believe it’s just a detail in the history of World War II.”
(Jean Marie Le Pen; French far right-wing and nationalist politician, founder and former president of the “Front National.” Quote from the trial in 13 September, 1987)
“If you take a 1,000-page book on World War II, the concentration camps take up only two pages and the gas chambers 10 to 15 lines. This is what one calls a detail.”
(Jean Marie Le Pen in a 1997 Munich news conference)
“The alleged Hitlerian gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews form one and the same historical lie, which permitted a gigantic financial swindle whose chief beneficiaries have been the State of Israel and international Zionism, and whose main victims have been the German people and the Palestinian people as a whole.”
(Robert Faurisson as quoted by the Guardian Weekly, April 7, 1991)
“It [the Holocaust] is something like a religion… The Intellectual Adventure is that we are reversing this entire trend within the space of one generation — that in a few years time no one will believe this particular legend anymore. They will say, as I do, that atrocities were committed. Yes, hundreds of thousands of people were killed, but there were no factories of death. All that is a blood libel against the German people.”
(David Irving, speech in Portland, OR, September 18, 1996)
“The mere fact that you belong to a certain ethnic group makes you eternally guilty, according to the twisted logic of Zionism. If Germans who were not even born before 1945 must pay reparations to the State of Israel, which did not exist until 1948, then you can be included in the Zionist racket of reparations and revenge.”
(Ernst Zündel speaking on behalf of the “Concerned Parents of German Descent,” 1981)
“Don’t for a minute think that indoctrinating wide-eyed school children with the lies and slanders against Germans, Slavs, Catholics, Christians, Europeans, and whites in general isn’t a primary purpose of the Holocaust-mongers… The Holocaust is a religion. Its underpinnings in the realm of historical fact are non-existent — no Hitler order, no plan, no budget, no gas chambers, no autopsies of gassed victims, no bones, no ashes, no skulls, no nothing… Secondly, it’s a religion for losers… Suffice it to say that the rise of religions such as this generally coincides with the decline and fall of nations which tolerate them.”
(Mark Weber on IHR Newsletter, May 1989)
INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW (IHR)
Was founded in 1979 by neo-Nazi Willis Carto in California. The purpose of the foundation of the organization was to create a “respectable façade” for the revisionists by making use of a serious and neutral name. The organization publishes the magazine “The Journal of Historical Review” and sells materials with Nazi and racist propaganda.
End of part 1 – To be continued…on a computer near you.
• Southern Powerty Law Center: List of organizations designated as Holocaust denial groups. More links in part 2.
© 2012 Jonathan Axelsson
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