“We consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime [that] distort[s] history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished,” a prominent Saudi cleric stated.
By: The Tower and United with Israel Staff
In a historic move, the leader of the Muslim World League, a group based in Saudi Arabia, has condemned Holocaust denial as a “crime [that] distort[s] history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished.”
In a letter sent to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum last week, Dr. Muhammad bin abdel-Kareem Al-Issa, the secretary general of the Muslim World League, wrote that “history is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it.”
Al-Issa wrote the message, sent to museum director Sara Bloomfield, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day was marked on January 27.
My note: A prominent Saudi cleric blames Holocaust Deniers. To the contrary, highly politicized Iranian ayatollahs made Holocaust denial the core of their internal and external propaganda. Some Muslim clerics realize, that positioning themselves on the immoral side of the Humankind may undermine Islam. No matter, what did Muhammad. At the bottom line, people do have their own conscience.
My personal experience learns, that ALL people questioning Jewish Holocaust operate out of antisemitic emotions, or out of political or material interest. Many of Holocaust «deniers» (who actually, simply diminish Holocaust) are mentally ill.
For Me the Holocaust isn’t question, since it is fact, which decided my life. Both My mother and father are Holocaust survivors. All their pre-war relatives perished. The parents of my late wife survived the concentration camp in Transnistria, but all their relatives perished. And here’s a bit of statistics: in the pre-War Stanislavov the Jews constitued 40% of whole population. After the WWII there were 1.000 Jews, mostly newcomers. I suppose, that real number of the Jews perished in the Holocaust exceeds the «sacred» 6.000.000 persons.
From 1945 on, the Holocaust statistics are based on the national demography statistics of all countries, once occupied by the Nazis. Simply, we take prewar statistics and subtract postwar statistics. From that, we subtract the numbers of refugees, who fled to the third countries. The result is 6.000.000, which is «sacred».
I believe this 6.000.000 is not 100% accurate, because of few unaccounted factors. For example, the prewar statistics consider as «non-Jews» quit significant part of the Jews, who had changed their ethnicity record because of fear of persecution or murder.
Antisemitic persecutions and pogroms were not just Hitler’s invention. Some 25 years before Hitler’s Holocaust, there happened less known WWI Holocaust, when about 1.500.000 Jews were murdered. One of these victims was my Grandfather, who was murdered by Russian soldier when he walked with My mother in the street. Jews did have reasons to hide their ethnicity.
Nazis have included these crypto-Jews in their statistics, prepared by Dieter Wisliceny before the Holocaust was launched. The sign «Judenfrei» was placed after the number of victims was close to Wisliceny numbers. That is, the crypto-Jews were murdered along with «open» Jews. That is, the real number of the victims of the Holocaust is bigger, than 6.000.000.
The number of Crypto-Jews is estimated as 10% of Jews populations, it varies in accordance with the degree of prewar antisemitism by country. Me personally was familiar with some Crypto-Jews, one of them was my High school mate, another was my work colleague etc.
In another hand, some Crypto-Jews survived Holocaust and kept their Crypto-Jewish status, one of these was My Mother’s friend.
Thus, how justified is ban on the Holocaust denial? According to My personal experience, the Holocaust denial is one of main expressions of the antisemitism, let’s look at Iran Holocaust denial. The ban is justified especially in the countries, where main population took part in the Holocaust, that is in most countries of Europe.
The USA people are less informed about Holocaust, and may have questions. However, ignorance cannot justify immorality. Most of people, denying the Holocaust, do it out of antisemitic emotions, or as the result of antisemitic brainwashing. Holocaust denial is actually antisemitic hate speech, and like any other antisemitic hate speech, Holocaust denial must be punished. I believe, the USA lawmakers have to re-consider their approach to the Holocaust denial.