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Holocaust Denial is Real – and Frightening

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The entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Everyone – except the idiots of the world – knows the truth about Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps, and the one where an estimated 1.3 million people were murdered. It is preserved as it was in January 1945 when the camp was liberated. The gas chambers at Birkenau were destroyed by the Nazis to remove evidence of their atrocities. But the reminders of the horrors are the plentiful human hair, shoes, suitcases, and eyeglasses of the victims. Above all, there are the empty canisters of Zyklon B poison, and evidence of documentation of the Nazi planning of the genocide, mostly – at least 90 percent- against Jews.

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated at different times in different countries. On April 19, the UK held a Holocaust memorial event marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen camp by the British Army. It is therefore doubly horrifying that a few days before that, a group of more than a hundred people in London displayed their indifference to the ultimate catastrophe of the 20th century by laughing at the ashes rising from the crematoria in the Nazi death camps and doubting, wholly or in part, the slaughter that occurred there.

The disreputable members of the group are more than what Lenin called “political idiots.” It was the largest gathering of sheer idiots, extreme haters of Jews, that London has endured for some time. Indeed, their very extreme rhetoric and absurd falsifications of history does not allow, or makes it difficult for, anyone to be a “moderate” anti-Semite. It’s all or nothing at all.

Many of this infamous group, mostly but not all British, had been or were still members of the neo-Nazi parties: the National Front and British National Party. One of the organizers carried the book, Tomorrow We Live, written by Oswald Mosley, the leader of the old Fascist Party. Another was the 71-year-old former national organizer of the NF, and another was the former editor of the NF publications. One was the former national organizer for the BNP, who had been jailed for three months for attacking a black man with a beer bottle; he was scarred for life. One was a BNP councilor in East London, and two were NF candidates for the UK Parliament.

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Some members had served time for prison for violence and public disorder. The individuals had rendezvoused under the clock at Victoria Station in London, and were escorted individually or in pairs to the secret meeting that had been booked under the false name of “Carlyle Club,” a short distance away. The locale was the Orient Suite of the four-star Grosvenor Hotel, about half a mile from Buckingham Palace.

All the attendees at this meeting, reported by the Daily Mail, were Holocaust deniers or minimalists. Almost all denied the existence of gas chambers in Auschwitz, and all disputed the officially accepted number of Jews murdered.

The star speaker at the secret meeting was a 57-year-old Spanish man named Pedro Varela who was arrested in Austria in 1992 for praising Hitler. Varela is an equal opportunity hater. He viewed gay parents as members of a “monster family,” and children of mixed races as “blackos.” But his main contribution to knowledge was about Jews. He measured his words by saying, “They say Jews have the gold in the world and the power in the press and they are going to rule the world.” Jews must be countered, “we should be as smart and clever, as are the children of darkness.”

Varela refused to say directly that he denied the Holocaust. He was careful because of a law that is going to come into force in Spain that prevented him from answering the question. He also refused to define himself as a Nazi: “it depends on what you mean by Nazi.” However, he did believe that German National Socialism offered a lot of solutions that were beneficial then and could be beneficial to modern-day society, though he did not mention the extermination camps.

The other main speaker was Mark Weber, the American director of the Institute for Historical Review, based in Newport Beach, California. He was belligerently crystal clear about the fight against Jews. He told his fellow travelers that they were engaged in a great global struggle. On one side was a self-assured and diabolical power (you know who) that feels ordained to rule over others. On the other side were all other nations, indeed humanity itself.

In addition he warned fellow countrymen. “The Jewish connection covers all areas and reaches all levels… in reality, the Jewish hold on American life is far more dangerous.” Nothing is more important, he said, than to identify, counter, and break this Jewish power.

It is sad that the idiots at this meeting are not alone in their absurdity. In Australia, Lady Renouf, a former model, has defended David Irving, the notorious Holocaust denier, and political figures in the country have called Israel a racist and apartheid state or called for a boycott of Israel. In France, Jean-Marie Le Pen, fined in February 2008 for instilling doubt about Nazi persecution of resisters and Jews, still is unwilling to accept the reality of the Holocaust. In the Middle East, Omar Hilmi al-Ghoul, writing on April 18, 2015, in the official Palestinian daily paper, discounted the number of Jews murdered, though he did not deny the Holocaust occurred.

The idiots have had some success. According to an ADL 2014 Survey, 35 percent of those surveyed in 100 countries said they had never heard of the Holocaust and 32 percent believe it is a myth or has been greatly exaggerated. Even if one agrees that censorship is undesirable, the difficult question arises again. Should the Holocaust deniers, not intellectually respectable and historically fraudulent, be banned or punished? France has censored the comedian Dieudonne for his spreading of racism, anti-Semitism, and Holocaust denial, and has emphasized the urgency to deal with manifestations of anti-Semitism. The secret meeting in London, expounding the Protocol of the Elders of Anti-Semitism, shows that all societies should engage in that urgent task.

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