I was doing my morning perusal of the Huffington Post this morning and I clicked on this thread, which is about a fashion shoot which took place at a Holocaust memorial and how that caused some controversy. I personally didn't care too much one way or another, but any thread about the Holocaust is sure to bring people out of the woodwork who say things like "Remember, it wasn't just Jews killed in the Holocaust", "why are there only memorials for the Jews killed in the Holocaust", etc. Bad enough, but I never expected to see posts like these two:
Posted 02:59 AM on 11/23/2009
againstzionistracism Posted 02:53 AM on 11/23/2009
I immediately posted a response to each post and saved the posts for this blog post. When I checked back about fifteen minutes later, however, both posts were gone. So good job to the mods, I didn't even have to flag them as abusive! Although, note the time stamp on these posts. They were posted at about 3 in the morning, and only when I responded to them at 9:00 am were they removed. So they were up all night for anyone to read. On the other hand, we can hardly expect the HP moderators to be up at 4 in the morning checking to make sure no Jews are offended by anything posted. These posts are still a very interesting indicator of some of the minds who frequent the Huffington Post.
First of all, you may not understand why these posts are Holocaust denial. It's OK, we're all here to learn. According to Wikipedia's definition of Holocaust denial, "Holocaust denial begins with the premise that the Holocaust as it is understood by mainstream history did not occur". So when the poster suggests that not quite as many Jews were killed in the Holocaust as we all think, or that Buchenwald did not kill quite as many Jews as recorded, that is still a form of Holocaust denial, even though he does not come right out and say it. His post about Churchill's, De Gaulle's, and Eisenhower's writings, though, does come right out and say it.
I should also point out he cites Norman Finkelstein's book The Holocaust Industry, which I have not read. But if it's cited by a Holocaust denier in order to make the case the Holocaust didn't happen, I would be seriously concerned if I were the Fink. He probably isn't, though.
It's incredible to believe the Holocaust, one of the most well-documented events recorded in modern history, is still be denied by people today, but these posts remind us those people are out there and want to spread their message. We must never forget, no matter what lies these people weave.