Days after Oprah Winfrey’s last Book Club selection was unmasked as fraud, triggering a national conversation among literati and lay readers alike about the definition and significance of memoir, the talk show host and cultural arbiter announced her next choice: “Night,” Elie Wiesel’s seminal autobiographical account of his experience during the Holocaust. Continue reading
‘Holocaustology’ May Create a New Form of Anti-Semitism
www.jewishworldreview.com — THE HOLOCAUST DOMINATED the moral imagination of the 20th century. Before the rise of Hitler, anti-Semitism was a parochial concern of the Jews; after the war it was everyone’s concern, and everyone regarded it with horror. The cause of anti-Semitism is a mystery to most Jews and most Gentiles. One school of thought, wrongly, I believe, blames anti-Semitism on Christianity itself.
Historian Raul Hilberg acknowledges that there were reports about Nazi atrocities that later proved to be false. For example, the Nazis did not make human soap, nor did they kill victims by electrocution or diesel exhaust. “All of these rumors were circulating in 1942, and we have to separate rumors that were not the truth from the truth,” says Hilberg.
BY STEWART AIN
Philip Bialowitz still remembers the ear-piercing shrieks. "I could hear the screams of those in the gas chamber," says Bialowitz, his voice rising as he remembers the horror of it all. "It was like thunder."
Bialowitz, 66, of Little Neck, N.Y., is one of 11 living survivors of the Sobibor extermination camp. At 15, he and a group of other teenagers were ordered by their Nazi captors to cut the hair of Jewish women moments before they entered the gas chamber — a chamber supposedly containing showers.
But Philip Bialowitz can never forget that "bodies were taken out and burned in stacks. Hundreds of them were burned like steaks." Historians estimate that 250,000 Jews were murdered in the 18 months Sobibor operated.
"There is more recorded documentation of genocide during the Holocaust than at any other time in the history of mankind," says the ADL’s Jeffrey Ross. Historians point out that not one of the Nazis tried for war crimes ever denied the existence of gas chambers or the plan to exterminate the Jews.
Stewart Ain is a staff writer for the Jewish Week.
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AT Auschwitz, it is inscribed in stone: four million people died in the Nazi camps. But Yehuda Bauer, one of the foremost historians of the Holocaust and a sworn enemy of those who deny its reality, says that the number of victims was less than half that.
Israel TV has followed the BBC, the curator of the [Auschwitz] museum, Kazimierz Smolen, and now also Netanel Lorch (The Jerusalem Post, September 3) in falling into the trap of claiming that four million people died in Auschwitz. Indeed, that is the figure engraved in stone in Auschwitz itself, and our Israeli pundits accept it without bothering to check.
Protestant and Catholic clergy to Aid Near East Relief Movement.
Felix M. Warburg Says They Were the Worst Sufferers in War. Continue reading