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The Holocaust Shakedown

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    A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE FAMOUS LEUCHTER REPORT. Falsification of the holocaust http://www.radioislam.org/revisionism/traitors.htm
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2005

      Falsification of the holocaust


      The Holocaust Shakedown
      By Elizabeth Wright

      [Reprinted from Issues & Views September 25, 2000]


      Norman Finkelstein must be a man of iron to be able to withstand the
      blows that have been coming his way ever since the publication of
      his book, The Holocaust Industry, which could as easily be
      entitled "The Holocaust Racket." He is among the best of the
      chroniclers and critics of the shakedown concocted by leading Jewish
      organizations in what has to be one of the most massive examples
      of extortion ever perpetrated. Swiss banks, insurance companies,
      entire industries and whole countries are targets in a scheme
      supposedly devised to compensate Jewish victims and survivors of the
      Nazis. As might be expected, the victims are turning out to be minor
      beneficiaries of a game plan where billions of dollars raised in
      their names are directed instead to leading Jewish organizations,
      Holocaust "memorials," and immense institutions such as Yad
      Vashem in Israel.

      In addition to the funds already received from foreign governments
      and companies, American Jewish organizations are also exploring the
      possibility of extracting funds directly from the U.S. government.
      In 1998, under Senate Bill S. 1900, the U.S. Holocaust Assets
      Commission was formed, "with the costs split by the interested
      agencies of the U.S. Government." This bill stipulates that an
      authorized commission "shall develop a record of the collection and
      disposition" of Jewish assets, "if such assets came into possession
      or control of the Federal Government, including the Board of
      Governors of the Federal Reserve System and any Federal Reserve
      bank, at any time after January 30, 1933."

      The boldness of this action has not only stirred resentment among
      long-time advocates for black reparations, who demand financial
      recompense for slavery from the federal government, but
      reinvigorates their claim that blacks are the "rightful"
      beneficiaries of any such compensation.

      Along with Finkelstein, other critics of the Holocaust reparations
      enterprise have emerged. Anyone who has taken a course in the
      subject or is familiar with its literature knows that Professor Raul
      Hilberg has written one of the major texts in the field and is
      considered the dean of Holocaust studies. Earlier this year, Hilberg
      was quoted by a Brazilian journalist as saying: "There is something
      radically wrong in this exploitation because it is an issue that
      should not be used to make money, and I must confess that I found
      the whole affair with the Swiss banks disturbing. The Jewish-
      American community is very prosperous and there is no reason for
      them to ask the Swiss for money. That seems obscene to me."

      Finkelstein (both of whose parents survived concentration camps)
      approves of compensation only for and directly to the actual victims
      and sufferers of the camps--not for their offspring or the progeny
      of their offspring, and certainly not for giant bureaucratic self-
      appointed organizations. When an interviewer suggested to
      Finkelstein that he himself deserves compensation because he is
      a "second generation survivor," Finkelstein responded, "I think such
      a concept is repulsive. That's simply an effort to milk the
      Holocaust for another generation. If I had ever said that to my
      mother, she would have given me a good smack in the face. And
      rightfully so."

      Although writer Andrew Ross, in Salon.com, complains about the tone
      of Finkelstein's book, he concedes that, "On a broader level,
      Finkelstein is justified in questioning the authenticity of the
      emotional and other claims staked by Holocaust keepers of the flame.
      The memory of this singular event has too often been soiled by
      vulgarity, political calculation, hypocrisy and greed. Former
      Israeli Foreign Secretary Abba Eban long ago observed: 'There's no
      business like Shoah [Holocaust] business.'"

      Derek Copold, writing for the Houston Review, describes how the
      United States government is used as a weapon by the Holocaust
      overlords to get their demands obeyed by other governments and mega-
      corporations. He says, "The countries of Eastern Europe, all
      recovering from fifty years of Communist oppression, are now slated
      for the shakedown. The process will repeat itself. If these
      countries fail to take suitable action--that is, give in--American
      boycotts and sanctions are threatened. Nations, who once saw the
      U.S. as a liberator, now see her as the tool of extortion."

      A Wall Street Journal editorial questions the logic of extracting
      money from companies that used unpaid labor during the war, since so
      many of these firms have changed ownership several times over the
      past 55 years. For example, in Germany, Salzgitter's ownership has
      changed hands at least three times since the war. The Journal
      editorial states, "It's an open question whether those coughing up
      the money are really the ones who ought to be paying. Perhaps an
      argument can be made that the democratic governments of Germany and
      Austria bear some sort of obligation to atone for the evils carried
      out by the Nazis in Germany's name. But the argument that companies
      such as Siemens, Volkswagen and Krupps should be made to pay for
      using slave labor during the war stands on a weaker foundation."

      By making the claim that financial compensation belongs to "the
      Jewish people," Jewish organizations justify their right to be the
      administrators of all funds collected. On the website Virtual
      Jerusalem, Michael J. Jordan writes about this contentious
      debate: "Who are the rightful heirs to all that was lost in Europe,
      and who has the right to decide how the money should be spent?
      Holocaust survivors and their advocates say the stolen property and
      assets lost did not in fact belong to 'the Jewish people as a
      whole,' but to European Jewish communities and individuals.
      Furthermore, they say, it is the survivors, and they alone, who are
      entitled to decide the spending priorities, not the groups that
      negotiated on their behalf."

      George Brewer, a Holocaust researcher for the Committee for the Open
      Discussion of the Holocaust (CODOH), makes the point: "There are two
      ironies here. As Raul Hilberg and Norman Finkelstein have noted, the
      Jewish people have been very successful in the postwar period,
      certainly more successful than the peoples of Eastern Europe who
      were hobbled for decades with communist governments. In this kind of
      case, the demand for recompense violates not only a simple sense of
      justice but seems vindictive as well. It conjures the image of a
      rich man bullying a pauper for money, because the pauper's
      grandfather stole from the rich man's ancestor."

      Christopher Hitchens, in The Nation magazine, decries what he calls
      the "silent treatment" given in this country, so far, to Norman
      Finkelstein's book. "In England, in Germany and elsewhere,
      Finkelstein's arguments and evidence have received serious attention
      and been subjected to real and fierce debate. But in the United
      States, where the press and the academy are wedded to a near-uniform
      combination of Holocaust kitsch and Holocaust dogma, no real
      argument has been permitted to arise."

      Charles Glass, in the New York Press, echoes this claim about
      American silence: "One surprising aspect of the debate is the
      assertion in several British newspapers that The Holocaust Industry
      has caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. Alas, not yet.
      Other than New York Press, Finkelstein's publishers Verso tell me
      that the rest of the American press has virtually ignored it. In
      London, people may be kicking Norman Finkelstein, but they are also
      kicking his ideas around. What's going on in New York?"

      Following are excerpts from The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on
      the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, by Norman Finkelstein:

      I do not remember the Nazi Holocaust ever intruding on my childhood.
      I do not recall a single friend (or parent of a friend) asking a
      single question about what my mother and father endured. This was
      not a respectful silence. It was indifference. In this light, one
      cannot but be sceptical of the outpourings of anguish in later
      decades, after the Holocaust industry was firmly established.

      I sometimes think that American Jewry "discovering" the Nazi
      Holocaust was worse than its having been forgotten. True, my parents
      brooded in private; the suffering they endured was not publicly
      validated. But wasn't that better than the current crass
      exploitation of Jewish martyrdom? Before the Nazi Holocaust
      became the Holocaust, only a few scholarly studies (by Raul Hilberg,
      Viktor Frankl and Ella Lingens-Reiner) were published on the
      subject. But this small collection of gems is better than the
      shelves upon shelves of shlock that now line libraries and

      As the rendering of the Holocaust assumed ever more absurd forms, my
      mother liked to quote (with intentional irony) Henry Ford: "History
      is bunk". The tales of "Holocaust survivors"--all concentration camp
      inmates, all heroes of the resistance--were a special source of wry
      amusement in my home. My parents often wondered why I would grow so
      indignant at the falsification and exploitation of the Nazi
      genocide. The most obvious answer is that it has been used to
      justify criminal policies of the Israeli state and US support for
      these policies. There is a personal motive as well. I do care about
      the memory of my family's persecution. The current campaign of the
      Holocaust industry to extort money from Europe in the name of "needy
      Holocaust victims" has shrunk the moral stature of their martyrdom
      to that of a Monte Carlo casino.

      The term "Holocaust survivor" originally designated those who
      suffered the unique trauma of the Jewish ghettos, concentration
      camps and slave labour camps, often in sequence. The figure for
      these Holocaust survivors at war's end is generally put at some
      100,000. The number of living survivors cannot be more than a
      quarter of this figure now. Because enduring the camps became a crown
      of martyrdom, many Jews who spent the war elsewhere represented
      themselves as camp survivors. Another strong motive behind this
      misrepresentation, however, was material. The postwar German
      government provided compensation to Jews who had been in ghettos or
      camps. Many Jews fabricated their pasts to meet this eligibility
      requirement. "If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually
      is one," my mother used to exclaim, "who did Hitler kill?"

      The Holocaust industry forced Switzerland into a settlement because
      time was allegedly of the essence: "Needy Holocaust survivors are
      dying every day." Once the Swiss signed away the money, however, the
      urgency miraculously passed. More than a year after the settlement
      was reached there was still no distribution plan. By the time the
      money is finally divvied out, all the "needy Holocaust survivors"
      will probably be dead. In fact, by last December, less than half
      of the $200 million "Special Fund for Needy Victims of the
      Holocaust," established in February 1997, had been distributed to
      actual victims. After lawyers' fees have been paid, the Swiss monies
      will then flow into the coffers of "worthy" Jewish organisations.

      The Holocaust industry has always been bankrupt. What remains is to
      openly declare it so. The time is long past to put it out of
      business. The noblest gesture for those who perished is to preserve
      their memory, learn from their suffering and let them, finally, rest
      in peace.

      For more reviews and information on how to purchase The Holocaust
      Industry, visit: http://www.normanfinkelstein.com



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