It seems that as we approach the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, a number of Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites are crawling out of the woodwork. On top of my ‘conversations’ with a number of cowardly trolls on Twitter (stemming from the murky world of MGTOWs), the idea that the Holocaust is a fabrication came up. I touched upon this briefly in a post about freedom of speech, and anti-Semitism comes up again in this post.
There are some arguments put forward from the side of the deniers – let’s explore them shall we?
According to a Pew Research article, there were 9.5 million Jews living in Europe in 1939. Estimates vary a little, but the available evidence points to between 5.5 and 6 million Jewish people being murdered in the Holocaust (a horrifying statistic). These two figures are clearly not at odds with each other.
There are apparently zero eye-witness accounts of the liberation of concentration camps – this sits at odds with this article (which be warned, contains some heart-wrenching accounts from British soldiers who liberated Buchenwald). It is a claim which also clashes with this article, from a Russian soldier, liberating the Maidanek camp in Poland in 1944.
The claim about pools and theaters within the camps has long been debunked.
It is very easy to show that six-digit tattoos existed – have a look here.
As for Churchill, who can say why he did not specifically reference the Holocaust in his memoirs? This does not mean the Holocaust didn’t happen. In fact, there is documentation that shows Churchill was both aware of the Holocaust and trying to do whatever he could to mitigate it and stop it.
Moving on to the second tweet, who can say why one specific person did not mention gas chambers in his memoirs? There are accounts from other prisoners of their existence, accounts revealed by a quick Google search.
Krege is discredited, much like many Holocaust deniers. His work was found to be fundamentally flawed, if he even carried out any ‘testing’ at all.
There is a considerable difference in how modern, considerate cremation is carried out, and the vile mass action of the Nazis.
So, thus far, each and every one of the claims made in these tweets can be found to be untrue, through quick and straight-forward searches. I would be intrigued to see what other denial claims are out there, and interested to see how easily they can be dismantled.