Last week I published here an article about an international committee that set out to establish, once and for all, what constitutes Holocaust denial. I wrote the story in near-deadpan delivery, believing in the power of the nonsensical assertions on the part of the government official making those pronouncements to provide its own tongue in cheek: the newly accepted definition of a holocaust denier is “anyone who doubts the number of Jews killed, who denies the existence of the gas chambers, as well as anyone who claims the Jews have brought on the holocaust intentionally, to serve their own ends, such as the establishment of the State of Israel, and also anyone who includes the 1939-1945 holocaust among other great tragedies in human history.”
The child of a Holocaust survivor, I’ve long since learned to own my father’s experience and my own consequent complex emotional ties with those dreadful years. I also believe I’ve earned the right to speak out on these issues honestly and fearlessly. There are no sacred cows in my Holocaust meadow.
I also believe the Holocaust is a purely Jewish issue, painfully intimate, like the destruction of two temples we mourn on Tisha B’Av. Who the heck cares what some gentile thinks about Tisha B’Av? In that same vain, who the heck cares if some gentile denies that my grandfather, Chanina Yanover, may God avenge his blood, was murdered in Auschwitz?
But I didn’t add that last paragraph, just relied on the deadpan delivery to deliver the message.
And then the Nazis showed up, at the comments section. I’m saying “Nazis” for shorthand. I’m sure many of them are not Nazis, not even remotely related to any Nazi or neo-Nazi group, but when there’s a wave happening, it tends to obscure the subtle differences between innocent commenters and dedicated followers of the Führer. For sure, my article was cited lavishly on neo-Nazi forums out there, and their readers took the link ride over to our own corner of the Web.
Here’s a chilling one, from Jonna Larsen, of Lyngby, Kobenhavn, Denmark:
“The time is not far away when Jews like Moshe Kantor, president of EJC, Abe Foxman, of the ADL and Zuroff and Cooper from the Wiesenthal Center, as well as a whole bunch of other prominent censorship promoting Jews, will fall victim to the laws they designed themselves. “
OK, very critical but still reasonable. Then she writes this:
“I seriously think of finding a good opportunity to put one or more of these people on trial for their endless slander and hate speech against white people, Christians, whole Nations and other groups and individuals who oppose the efforts of international Zionist Jewry to darken the world with their heinous proposals for censorship and state prescribed enforced history, thereby undermining the very corner stone of Western Civilization.”
Now, that’s Nazi talk, girl, don’t you know that? Don’t you know if you keep talking like that you’ll get a hairy, Chaplin style moustache growing right under your nose? Oh, but she goes on:
“The main part of organized Jewry is a threat to all other peoples on earth wherever it manifests itself politically. Always mongering for war, always (more or less legally) bribing their way in order to get the results they want. More special rights for Jews, including animal abuse and bodily mutilation of infants, more wars for Israel, mass immigration, censorship and hate speech laws for the Goyim.”
And she’s frothing at the mouth at this point, making it difficult to understand which specific Jew things she’s hating.
So that one was truly vile. At that point, our website boss, Steve, who had been fighting bravely to chop off those five-headed dragon messages, was getting a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome. The last time he had to work so hard to clean up the messages was when I suggested the Turkish head of Intelligence who sold out Israeli agents to Iran deserved a spanking, causing approximately half of Turkey to visit us and express their unintelligible indignation. And before that, he had to fight the anti-Turks, when we ran here a few items by Turkish Muslims who love Israel. man, that caused a stir.
But the Nazis – for the Nazis we always have a warm spot in our hearts. So Steve allowed a few to sneak through – which the ubermenchen on their forums couldn’t believe, incidentally.
Still, the Nazi Dane person was inhabiting the same universe of ideas as we do, albeit the extremely faraway corner of it. Jason Vega, on the other hand, was pure alien:
“There were over 135,000 Jews who served in Hitler’s army and in the ‘death camps.’ HITLER was a JEW. According to new DNA studies Jews aren’t even Semites. They are azhkaNAZI from the Balkans. You can’t regulate lies like your Talmud says its ok to do. WE SEE YOU!”
It’s like getting a full hour of David Duke condensed into a very painful 30 seconds. Ouch…
Chris Sky, Toronto, Ontario, made this point:
“Over 12 million people died in Russia alone… but ‘6 million Jews’ (if you believe that ridiculous number) was obviously leaps and bounds more important than the other tens of millions killed during WW2.”
OK, mood change, I’ll be serious for a moment: Dear Chris Sky, never mind your assertion that 12 million dying in Russia is a well checked number, but 6 million Jews is ridiculous – I don’t really care what you think. However, there is a fundamental difference between the death of all the victims of all the wars ever, and the six million of my nation who perished between 1939-45.
All the other victims were killed in war. My people were executed by a massive, state-run operation, meticulously planned by a well staffed committee, with funds and resources allocated, inter-governmental memos exchanged, thousands of initial assembly areas established in ghettos, regular collection actions carried out with brutality and dedication, and the product: Jews of all ages, shipped to a well designed industrial murder state named General Government, encompassing hundreds of labor and death camps.
Nothing in human history has ever reached this level of Satanic precision. Not the dropping of nuclear bombs on Japan, not the firebombing of Dresden, not the bombing of North Vietnam and Cambodia, not anything, anything in reality.
It is this spectacular precision of the evil Nazi machine which now sweeps anyone who denies it, swallowing him up into a black hole of evil where details don’t matter, and subtleties are, by definition, grotesque. It is the unimaginable application of 500 years of human discoveries and inventions, from Marco polo to Edison, to the orderly elimination of an entire race which continues to horrify any person of conscience, and immediately places anyone who in any way denies it in partnership with Satan himself.
Now, that wasn’t so hard to understand, was it, Chris Sky?
Finally, the abortion folks. Whenever we run a piece on the Holocaust, we inevitable get this kind of comment, in this case by Baldino Bingg from Terry Parker High (I’m pretty sure it’s a made up name – whoever heard of Terry Parker high?):
“Notable absence of a Holocaust museum for the hundreds of millions of aborted babies and the ongoing geNOcide of the white race. Wonder why?”
See, that’s a common combination of white supremacist bigotry with the anti-abortion crazy propaganda, and I think those two really fit well together.
To the point, I’m sure some nut has already put together a holocaust museum for fetuses. Google it. But regarding equating abortion with genocide – not on this Jewish website. Jewish law may frown on needless abortions, but nowhere does it equate it with murder, and in every case, up to the moment of delivery, it prefers the life of the mother over the life of her fetus.
But the white race comment is an interesting clue as to where those folks come from.
Finally, Diana Kirkpatrick of Fayetteville, North Carolina, wrote:
“I personally know Holocaust survivors who lost most of their families who were burned to ashes in these camps. Including some members of my own family. How can anyone dare say that the Holocaust never happened?”
Dear Diana – I have no idea.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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