April 10, 2010 in Features, News

Holocaust is no hoax

Zina Zimmerman Lewis and Clark High School
 

Dear President Ahmadinejad,

As you say, the Holocaust was all just an elaborate European myth. It never even happened. The Nazi’s never really had an official policy or intention of exterminating the Jews. Above all, they did not use gas chambers to commit this mass murder. There were no traces of deadly chemicals found at the camp incinerators. As far as the claim that 6 million Jews had died, this is just an extreme exaggeration. Stories of the Holocaust were a myth initially created by the Allies of World War II to demonize Germans. Jews spread this myth as part of a more impressive plot intended to enable the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Now they are assembling a continuing support for the state of Israel. From pictures of the Holocaust to the Diary of Anne Frank, everything was fabricated. And to add to that, survival stories are filled with errors and inconsistencies, proving that they are unreliable. Nazi war criminals were forced to confess their oppression of Jews through torture.

How can you be so sure that the Nazi’s didn’t want to exterminate the Jews? In 1935, Hitler enacted the Nuremberg Laws. This written testimony of anti-Semitism prohibited Jews from marrying Aryans and annulled existing marriages between Jews and Aryans (to protect German blood and German honor). These laws also prohibited Jews from serving as civil servants, stripped German Jews of their citizenship and deprived them of all civil rights. How can you argue these documented seeds of Jew hatred? According to a 1920s journalist, Joseph Hell, Adolf Hitler said,

“Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gallows built in rows - at the Marienplatz in Munich, for example - as many as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged indiscriminately, and they will remain hanging until they stink; they will hang there as long as the principles of hygiene permit. As soon as they have been untied, the next batch will be strung up, and so on down the line, until the last Jew in Munich has been exterminated. Other cities will follow suit, precisely in this fashion, until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews.”

Today, there are many organizations committed to collecting and preserving evidence of the Holocaust. The Yad Vashem Archives houses the largest collection of Holocaust documentation in the world. The 125 million pages of documentary evidence, films, and 420,000 photographs, as well as more than 100,000 survivor testimonies stand as definite proof of the genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators. This library contains more than 112,000 articles, in over 50 languages, many of which were from the period of the Holocaust. This convergence of data defines history. It includes a multitude pieces of separate documents, the confessions of the independent perpetrators, the testimonies of the numerous survivors and photographs, all pointing to the same conclusion… that the Holocaust was a reality. No examination of any historical event will be exact; they will always contain some inconsistencies. These few blemishes should not be considered conclusive, because they neither prove nor disprove the event.

I don’t hate you, and I don’t fear you, I pity you, President Ahmadinejad, because with mountains of evidence I, and most of the world, know that Holocaust deniers are the ones who fear the truth. The problem with you President Ahmadinejad is that you deny the Holocaust to support your anti-Semitic view. You are an extremist. You are not a revisionist. You are not a historian. Honest skepticism involves a curious attitude which, as far as is humanly possible, is not flawed by political or ethnic prejudices. Skepticism also involves a willingness to follow the evidence wherever it leads, rather than ignoring that which does not fit preconceived desires.

I believe the truth in Dwight D Eisenhower’s insightful declaration when he visited the Nazi concentration camps after World War II,

“I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position, then on, to testify at firsthand about these things, in case there ever grew at home the belief or assumption that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda. “

I pray, President Ahmadinejad, you too will change your point of view to accept this sad history and learn to prevent these horrors from happening ever again.

Signed,

Zina Zimmerman


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