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Off-topic rant against revisionism

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  • abell07030
    The New York Times ran an article June 21 about a prestigious historical institute affiliated with Germany s Christian Democratic Party giving a major prize to
    Message 1 of 465 , Jun 22, 2000
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      The New York Times ran an article June 21 about a
      prestigious historical institute affiliated with Germany's
      Christian Democratic Party giving a major prize to a
      historian, Ernst Nolte, who argues that Nazism was a
      rational response to Bolshevism, and that Hitler went
      after the Jews because they were a bunch of
      Communists.<br><br>Excerpt from article:<br>**<br>Accepting the prize, Mr.
      Nolte said, "We should leave behind the view that the
      opposite of National Socialist goals is always good and
      right." He added that because Nazism was the "strongest
      of all counter forces" to Bolshevism, a<br>movement
      with wide Jewish support, Hitler may have had
      "rational" reasons for attacking the Jews.<br>**<br><br>I
      totally believe in freedom of speech, even for Nazi
      creeps, but, wow.<br><br>To me, the thing that really
      distinguishes the Holocaust from other cases of genocide is
      that it ended up having nothing to do with idealogy,
      or actual nationality. You could be an enthusiastic,
      goosestepping member of the Nazi party with a family tree
      consisting entirely of reactionaries who had lived in
      Germany since the days of the Roman Empire, and if one
      grandparent happened to be a Jewish reactionary, you got sent
      to a labor camp or a death camp. Hitler probably
      killed hundreds of Jews who voted for him in
      1932.<br><br>Besides, killing old Jewish people, Jewish babies and
      Jewish capitalist storeowners has absolutely nothing
      whatsoever to do with fighting Bolshevism.<br><br>If some
      poor unemployed drunk kid is a revisionist -- OK. Dry
      the kid out and get him a decent job, then revisit
      his politics.<br><br>If a historian wants to be a
      revisionist -- OK. The devil needs an advocate, too. The
      existence of a small, marginal group of revisionists
      probably serves the valid purpose of forcing mainstream
      historians to find more sources and refine their
      analyses.<br><br>But a German historical institute affiliated with a
      major German political party giving a revisionist like
      Nolte a major award -- horrifying.
    • Alexandra
      I am looking for the surnames ZILBERMAN, KARP and EPSTEIN of Yarburg, Lithuania and JUDKOWSKY of Serednik, Lithuania. Alexandra
      Message 465 of 465 , Sep 13, 2003
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        I am looking for the surnames ZILBERMAN, KARP and EPSTEIN of
        Yarburg, Lithuania and JUDKOWSKY of Serednik, Lithuania.

        Alexandra

        --- In jewishgenealogy2000@yahoogroups.com, jeffreyrstern wrote:
        > I have just begun to research my European roots.
        > Have learned that my maternal grandfather was from
        > Yurburg, Lithuania. The family name was eithrn Arnstein or
        > Arshtein. Looking for any possible relatives....
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