Anyone questioning any detail of the commonly accepted view of the Jewish Holocaust is immediately reviled and branded “holocaust denier”. This is forbidden territory – in modern Germany, Austria, France and Canada “holocaust denial” is actually a criminal offence. Yes the Jews suffered terribly at the hands of the Nazis – the fabric of the closely knit traditional Jewish communities that were a feature of pre war eastern and central Europe was dismantled and destroyed never to return – but did as many as 6 million die, did they die in the ways claimed, and was “the final solution” a premeditated mass extermination policy?
One thing is absolutely clear – the Nazi leadership despised the Jews and wanted every living Jew out of German controlled territory. How did this come about?
During the years of the German Weimar republic, the German economy collapsed, and the German currency became largely worthless as a result of printing money to try to pay crippling war reparations, imposed on Germany after World War One. At this time, wealthy Jews from other parts of Europe with access to hard currency were able to buy up large slices of German property and business interests for next to nothing. When added to the fact that Jews generally tended to occupy a disproportionate number of more affluent positions, this fuelled jealousy and popular resentment in some quarters of the German population.
As we now know this was used by certain political elements within Germany, especially Hitler’s rising National Socialist party, to stir up anti Jewish sentiments. As a result, there were eruptions of violence involving right wing groups directed against Jewish communities as a whole. Leading figures in world Jewry responded to this in March 1933, by declaring a world-wide economic boycott of Germany. The Daily Express 24/3/1933 under the headline “Judea Declares War on Germany” reported on mass demonstrations by Jews especially across the USA – “The whole of Israel throughout the world is uniting to declare an economic and financial war on Germany…” Germany was “confronted with an international boycott of its trade, its finances its industry – in London, New York, Paris and Warsaw, Jewish businessmen are united to go on an economic crusade…”
Hitler and his newly returned National Socialist Party government responded by declaring a one day ban on all trade with Jews. The Jewish boycott of Germany remained in place, and soon the Nazis went on the offensive – they sought to whip up hatred of the Jews. Using crude propaganda they ultimately decided on a policy of mass deportation, forcing thousands to flee. In fact from 1933 to 1940 there was a carefully planned covert operation between the German government and leading Zionist organisations committed to setting up a Jewish homeland in Palestine, to facilitate the passage of thousands of German Jews to Palestine. Ultimately the Zionist elite undermined the boycott. Through highly placed bankers and financiers, they pursued a covert policy of funding Germany to keep Hitler’s government in power in order to exploit his anti-Jewish policies for their own political ends, namely the transfer of as many Jews as possible to Palestine.
The Nazis perceived a threat from elite Jewish bankers and financiers who had funded the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, yet their response to this, was to terrorise and confiscate the property of thousands of ordinary decent men and women. People who wanted no more than to get on with their lives peacefully and who had always seen themselves first and foremost as German citizens. What happened beyond any shadow of doubt is what today we refer to as “ethnic cleansing” – and make no mistake, this was ethnic cleansing big time, with thousands of Jews forcibly transferred into camps and ghettos, and severe penalties for anyone caught trying to harbour and protect them.
No one should make light of what actually happened – what it was like to be ordered out of your home, rounded up in the town square, marched off to the station, then herded into cattle trucks and transported east to large labour camps – all this against a background of a major war – with your future uncertain, your property confiscated and your whole world and everything you knew and were familiar with under threat . When you got there you were stripped of your clothes, put in camp uniform, had your head shaved to prevent lice infestation and a number was tattooed on your arm. It can only have been a truly terrifying experience – one of the most brutal aspects of which was the splitting up of families on arrival – the separation of men and women – many of whom were never re-united . Elie Wiesal a Rumanian Jew who survived, provides a moving account in his memoirs “All Rivers Run to the Sea.” The sensitivities of those Jews who suffered in this way and who lost family and friends must therefore be respected.
However, in the interests of historical accuracy it is important that free and open discussion and investigation must be permitted to ascertain what really happened. This is reinforced by the fact that the holocaust has been ruthlessly exploited by elements of American Jewry for financial and political gain, with massive reparation claims against Germany and Swiss banks etc. many of which have been proven to be false. Prof. Norman Finkelstein, himself Jewish and born to parents who survived the holocaust, examines this aspect of the matter in his new book “The Holocaust Industry”. He describes the Jewish organisations responsible as “hucksters, gangsters and crooks” and feels that, unless exposed , these individuals and organisations will do great damage to Jewish people as a whole by exploiting the suffering of Jews in this way . Israeli writer and journalist Israel Shamir takes it one step further in an article entitled “Bankers and Robbers”. He shows how the largest compensation payments made by the German government and latterly by Swiss banks have ended up in the hands of a criminal elite rather than being paid to those who suffered, or the relatives of those who died. 
The 6 million dead in the holocaust has traditionally been based on four million claimed to have died at Auschwitz – which was liberated by the advancing Russian armies, not the western allies. That death toll was put out by the Soviets. However by 1989 even the official death toll at Auschwitz had been reduced to approximately one million, and the plaque at the remains of the camp claiming 4 million deaths has since been removed. Once claimed to be an extermination camp, it is now acknowledged that Bergen Belsen was actually a detention and labour camp . Here and at many other camps in Germany itself, it seems the reason why so many inmates died especially in the final months of the war, was because of terrible overcrowding, as inmates had been moved ahead of the advancing Russian army into fewer camps.
Furthermore, with constant allied air attacks on communications, and with the German infrastructure devastated by mass bombing raids, it was becoming increasingly difficult if not impossible to get supplies to the camps. Disease and mass starvation were the results, as revealed by the horrific emaciated bodies that the liberators found on arrival at the camps. All this was confirmed by the International Red Cross which inspected the camps in Germany during the war and reported around 300,000 deaths in total mainly in the last months of the war for the reasons mentioned. They confirmed there were no gas chambers in camps in Germany, although as Douglas Reed, a European correspondent of the Times during the 30’s, points out, reports of gas chambers at Auschwitz (in Poland) could not be verified by western observers to whom the Russians denied access.
It is assumed nowadays that all the victims were Jews and all the human remains found in the camps were those of Jews. Douglas Reed investigated the subject, interviewing many survivors. He revealed this was not the case – camp inmates included Poles, Czechs, Hungarians etc. and also dissident Germans. Jews were only a small fraction – most had left Germany and the territories it annexed before the war for Palestine or other parts of Europe which never came under German occupation. In the east, Russia and Poland, many Jews were moved to safety east of the Ural mountains. Reed points out that there were never as many as 6 million Jews under German control and that this figure for the number who died was a “grotesque exaggeration” serving to divert attention from thousands of non Jewish inmates who also suffered and died in the camps. The first victims were the sick and those incapable of work followed by those whom the Nazis regarded as inferior races – Poles especially.
Reed goes on to reveal that persecution was widespread amongst the inmates themselves – below the SS who were in overall charge, it was Communists who ended up running day to day life in the camps – they tortured and killed other inmates and many of the persecutors were Jews. 
Of course there are many Jewish eye witness accounts as to what happened – the survivors of the holocaust, but these are not all reliable by any means as Professor Finkelstein points out in the Holocaust Industry: “…because enduring the camps became a crown of matyrdom, many Jews who spent the war elsewhere represented themselves as camp survivors… Another motive behind this was material – the post war German government paid compensation to Jews who had been in ghettos and camps. Many Jews fabricated their pasts to meet this eligibility requirement. If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one, who did Hitler kill?”
It is often claimed that it was at the Wannsee Conference of leading Germans on 20th January 1942, that a decision was finally made to exterminate European Jewry – the so called “final solution”. The Wannsee Protocol is the only documentary record of this meeting. It certainly makes for chilling reading, about the removal of Jews from Europe by mass deportation to the east and the sterilisation of those remaining. Although it refers to a final solution, the fact is that, despite the content of the BBC dramatisation “Conspiracy” screened on 25/1/02, claiming otherwise, the document itself makes no mention of premeditated mass murder by any means, let alone by the use of gas chambers. The nearest it comes to this is firstly a reference to the fact that the Jews would be worked in the east to build roads until they dropped, and secondly that if a lot died in the deportation process, that wasn’t a problem and, in the meantime, they were to be used as a source of labour for the war effort . Hence the mass movement into detention and labour camps. It may have been more a case of rounding up all remaining Jews in German controlled territory, pending a decision where to send them after the war, rather than to kill them all systematically.
All in all with conflicting reports, it becomes very difficult to know exactly what occurred in the camps. The writer and journalist Elie Wiesal, who was a boy of 16 at the time, was utterly traumatised by his experience especially the separation from his mother and sisters whom he never saw again, and the subsequent death of his father from sickness and malnutrition in Buchenwald, to which both had been transferred from Auschwitz, just weeks before the end of the war. His descriptions in “All rivers Run to the Sea” are understandably filled with pain and emotion, yet there is hardly a mention of gas chambers and the evidence of killings by Germans that he mentions is what he later heard from others – his first hand accounts of people led away are rather vague. And some of the emotion clearly arises out of the later claims about 6 million dead and the massive use of crematoria to burn the bodies. However when Wiesal writes: “…do not deny it, I forbid you to deny it ..”, the reader is left under no illusion as just how sensitive an issue this is.
The fact is that however uncomfortable and painful it may be to some, to ascertain what really happened, emotion has to be set aside… Some say logistically it would have been impossible to have gassed the numbers that are supposed to have died in this way, and that gas chambers were simply used for delousing of clothing etc. As an expert in the somewhat macabre area of state executions in the US, Fred Leuchter’s expertise included the construction and operation of gas chambers. Called as an expert witness in a case in Canada where Ernst Zundel was facing a trial for questioning whether the Nazis actually used gas chambers for mass extermination, Leuchter subsequently visited the facilities in Poland at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. After extensive tests and observations etc. he produced the Leuchter Report in which he concluded that there were no facilities at these locations that were capable of being used for mass executions .
Furthermore, both Leuchter and Italian historian Carl Mattogno, have questioned whether the crematoria at the camps could possibly have coped with the vast number of dead bodies that are supposed to have been cremated in them. Mattogno concludes, after detailed investigations of the installations used, that they could not – being designed to cremate just one body at a time and that they were installed to cope with an increasing death toll from diseases such as typhus that became rife in the camps. 
The true holocaust was the war itself in which over 50 million lives were lost – 3million non Jewish Poles, 6 million Slavs not to mention the huge toll of Russians and of course Germans. All sides did terrible things – that is the nature of war. The toll of Jews, Douglas Reed reckons does not reach one million  and as Professor Finkelstein says in “the Holocaust Industry”: “Much of the literature on Hitler’s final solution is worthless as scholarship – holocaust studies are replete with nonsense if not sheer fraud…”
Following the war it was the Germans who were on the receiving end – British, American and Russian leaders meeting at Yalta and Potsdam in 1945, decided to implement their own piece of ethnic cleansing in what was referred to as “the orderly and humane transfer of populations”. In practice this led to the forced and brutal expulsion of millions of Germans, along with confiscation of their property, from territories that were severed from Germany following its surrender and which were incorporated in Poland and Czechoslovakia. Mainstream history books also make no mention of the treatment of 5 million Germans described as “disarmed enemy forces” after Germany’s surrender in 1945 and who were imprisoned in the harshest conditions including open air camps, and of whom more than a million are reckoned to have perished. 
1 See “How to lose friends and alienate people” – Prof. Norman Finkelstein interviewed. See www.rense.com also The Truth Seeker no. 15. The Truth Seeker is a magazine appearing about 5 times a year available from Leading Edge Publications, Box 458, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1WA, England. Web page at www.thetruthseeker.co.uk
2 The article can be found at www.israelshamir.net along with the other articles of Israel Shamir mentioned and quoted later.
3 “Letters from Belsen” – book based on the dairy and letters of a Dutch girl interned at Belsen 1943-45 – The Guardian -Saturday Review 3/6/00.
4 In “All Rivers Run to the Sea” (Harper Collins 1996) Elie Wiesel confirms brutality among the inmates at Auschwitz, including beatings by Jewish “kapos”.
5 The Wannsee Protocol (English translation) is reproduced in the Truth Campaign 18. Mark Roseman, author of a new book “Wannsee and the Final Solution” contends that the protocol is coded and in particular that when it refers to “evacuation” of Jews, it actually means killing Jews, on the basis that a broad decision to deal with the Jewish question by mass murder was already being put into effect.
6 See “The Return of ‘Mr. Death’ ” – Barnes Review Jan/Feb 2002.
7 See “Revisionist Investigations of Auschwitz cremations” – Barnes Review Jan/Feb 2002. The Barnes Review Jan/Feb 2001 is entirely devoted to the holocaust and the background to it: e.g “Jewish Power & Prosperity in Germany”, “How Many Really Died at Auschwitz”, and also the economic boycott of Germany.
8 Douglas Reed wrote extensively on this subject in “Far and Wide” (1951) and “The Controversy of Zion” (1978). An excellent summary can be found in Chapter 10 of “The Holy Land of Scotland” by Barry Dunford (Sacred Connections 2002).
9 See “Eduard Benes – the Bohemian Pawn” Barnes Review Nov/Dec 2001 and “Mass Expulsions: Tragedy on a Prodigious Scale” Barnes Review Sept/Oct 2000.