News from the section "In Brief" of TR 1/2004

The USS Liberty Tragedy Will Not Rest

The June 8, 1967, Israeli attack in the Mediterranean Sea on the USS Liberty, during which 34 crew died and 172 were injured, is subject of a public conference that began in Washington on January 6, 2004. While some historians have accepted the version that the attack was a mistake, survivors and a varied group of academics and former military officials insist the attack was deliberate. This version of events was strengthened when Ward Boston, a naval captain who acted as senior legal counsel for the Navy's court of inquiry in 1967, signed an affidavit declaring that the late Admiral Isaac Kidd, president of the court, had told him that President Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara, defense secretary, had ordered a cover-up. (Financial Times, January 12, 2004)

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German or American First to Fly?

Karl Jatho's Biplane (side view) - 1903

On August 18, 1903, on the Vahrenwalder Heide in Hannover, Germany, before four witnesses who notarized the event - and four months before the Wright Brothers made their inaugural flight in Kitty Hawk, NC - German Karl Jatho made a powered flight. His home-made plane flew for about 60-feet just under a foot above ground. He bettered this three months later by flying his plane for 262 feet at an altitude of more than nine feet. In the week of the 100th celebration of the Wright Brothers' inaugural flight in Kitty Hawk, NC, many are remembering other pioneers of flight that have been eclipsed by the famous duo. Karl Jatho died in 1933.

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Britain Publishes Air Photos Online

Almost 60 years after the war, Britain's Keel University decided to publish online air photos British planes took over Germany during WWII ( Reuters subsequently spread false rumors that some photos taken over Auschwitz would prove the Holocaust with smoke billowing out of cremation pits. (Spiegel, Jan. 19, 2004)

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SS Geriatrics Tried in Italy for Alleged War Crimes

A trial in Italy's La Spezia, scheduled to begin on 20 April 2004 - Adolf Hitler's 115th Birthday - will see three former SS-men face charges of massacring 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema in 1944. It is alleged that in August 1944 Gerhard Sommer, 83, Alfred Schonenberg, 83, and Ludwig Sonntag, 80, all members of a Panzergrenadier Division, surrounded the Tuscan village of Sant' Anna di Stazzema in an alleged hunt for partisans and instead began massacring women, children, and the elderly. (ANSA, January 13, 2004)

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Hunting Lithuanian Geriatrics

82-year-old Cleveland real estate broker Algimantas Dailide, living in Gulfport, Florida, has been deported to Germany after a federal appeals court refused to allow him to stay. A US federal judge ruled in 1997 that Dailide lied about his wartime past when he entered the United States in 1955. He had his US-citizenship revoked after Jewish government investigators of the OSI accused him of playing a role in the arrest of Jews in Lithuania. "His Cleveland attorney Joseph McGinness calls the case very sad. The government calls it an attempt to secure some justice for Holocaust victims." (AAP, January 17, 2003)

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Former German Camp Guard to be Deported

A US federal judge has ruled that a former German concentration camp guard found living in the US would be deported, immigration officials said. Judge Larry Dean granted the Government's request to deport Johann Leprich in a written ruling issued in late November 2003. The 78-year-old retired machinist will be deported to his native Romania or possibly Germany or Hungary, said Greg Gagne, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Leprich came to the United States in 1952 and became a citizen in 1958. But the Justice Department later discovered his National Socialist past and moved to revoke his citizenship in 1986. Leprich acknowledged serving during World War II in the Death's Head Battalion, a branch of the SS that supplied guards to concentration camps. He worked as a guard at Austria's Mauthausen concentration camp. At the end of a 1987 denaturalization hearing in Detroit federal court, Leprich moved to Canada. But evidence surfaced that Leprich continued to live secretly in the United States. Federal agents began looking for him, and his case was featured on the television show America's Most Wanted in 1997. On July 1, authorities found him hiding behind a panel under the basement stairs at his family's home 25 miles northeast of Detroit. He has been jailed since then while the Justice Department sought a deportation order. (AP, November 25, 2003) Compare that effort to get rid of one legal immigrant with the efforts made by US authorities to get rid of millions of illegal immigrants.

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Wiesenthal Center Organizes Witch Hunt

In its January 16, 2004, issue, the French magazine Metro reported that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has announced the activation of a phone line in Romania, which the Center wants Romanian citizens to use in order to denounce any neighbor they suspect was involved in any war crimes during World War II. The Center offers a reward of $10,000 for captivating such 'criminals.'

Just on December 26, 2003, the Simon Wiesenthal Center had announced that a similar denunciation phone line had been established in Austria. It is not known whether this report about Romania is just a repetition, with Metro having confused Austria with Romania. But considering the reliability of today's media, nothing is sure anymore.

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Finta case changed war crimes prosecutions in Canada

Imre Finta, a former captain in the Hungarian gendarmerie who was charged with war crimes allegedly committed during WWII, died recently at age 90. Finta had faced four counts including robbery, unlawful confinement, kidnapping, and manslaughter in connection with the forced deportation of 8,617 Hungarian Jews from the provincial town of Szeged. Evidence at his trial indicated that after being confined in an open-air brickyard, the Jews were loaded onto sealed trains in inhumane conditions to be sent to Auschwitz or to forced labour in Nazi-occupied Europe. Many died en route.

A jury acquitted Finta of all charges, and on March 24, 1994, in a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the acquittal. Legal scholars said the High Court's decision set conditions for conviction so high that it made it virtually impossible to successfully prosecute German war criminals in Canada. The court ruled that an accused must not only be shown to have the requisite mens rea (state of mind) to intend a criminal act, such as murder or kidnapping, but must also realize the act is part of a war crime. The court also allowed an accused to escape responsibility if he or she was merely following orders.

The Finta trial came a few years after the federal government amended the Criminal Code to give Canadian courts jurisdiction to try alleged WWII-era war criminals. That move was one of several recommendations in the 1986 Deschenes commission report on exclusively bringing alleged Axis criminals to justice.

Leo Adler, director of national affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the court's decision in the Finta case in effect put an end to war crimes prosecutions in Canada:

"Instead, the more cumbersome, time-consuming and highly inefficient process of denaturalization and deportation was instituted in Canada. While numerous individuals have been stripped of their citizenship, none have been forcibly removed. All are still in Canada, either in various stages of appeal or other litigation, or awaiting cabinet's order of removal. Some have been waiting for years."

What's more, the Supreme Court decision resonated beyond WWII-era war crimes to modern ones. The same tests that were articulated in Finta would apply to modern day war criminals.

Finta immigrated to Canada in 1951, three years after a Hungarian tribunal convicted him in absentia of "crimes against the people." He became a Canadian citizen in 1956. For many years, he operated a Hungarian restaurant on Toronto's Bloor Street, a short walk from the Jewish Community Center at Bloor and Spadina Avenue. (Canadian Jewish News, January 1, 2004)

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Alleged War Criminal Solomon Morel Safe in Israel

On December 7, 2003, Israel refused to extradite Polish-born Jew Solomon Morel, 83, to face trial in Poland for alleged war crimes committed in a German camp in Swietochlowiche, southern Poland. The Polish Justice Ministry's spokeswoman, Barbara Makosa-Stepkowska, said Israel rejected the allegations because the charges against Morel failed Israel's definition of genocide. The investigation into Morel, begun in 1992, was the only one in Poland against a Jew accused of retaliating against the Germans after their defeat. He is alleged to have killed 1,500 camp inmates (JTA, October 26, 2003)

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Feminist Conquest of the Holocaust

At the Department for Women's Studies of the Canberra National University, Sue Andrews is currently conducting postgraduate studies with the topic: "Power, Politics and the Personal: Creating Memory in Australian Holocaust Museums and Memorials Research interests" with interest in "Feminist interventions in fields of trauma, memory and culture; gender, embodiment and health/social policy."

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Muslim Paper Fomenting Hate?

The Canadian Jewish Congress wants a Muslim newspaper investigated for hate speech. The Miracle, published in British Columbia, printed an article accusing the Jews of masterminding the Great Depression, both World Wars, the Holocaust, the Kennedy assassination, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and dozens of other evils. Written by Idaho-based Edgar J. Steele, the article was published in the December 19, 2003, issue of The Miracle, which is dedicated to "Islamic brotherhood" and bringing "harmony amongst all Muslim and other communities." Editor Nusrat Hussain said he did not necessarily agree with the article but defended its publication as freedom of speech. (JTA, January 7, 2004)

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Latvian Vulgar Revisionism Denounced

Latvia's Special Minister for Integration, Nils Muiznieks, urged the General Prosecutor's Office to investigate the newspaper DDD for publishing an article titled "Falsifiers of History," which stated that Jews spread "legends about gas chambers in which six million kikes died. That is a historical lie composed by kike historians." Muiznieks said the article "may inspire dangerous consequences for the broader public and publicly undermine the honor and dignity of a concrete ethnic group." (Washington Jewish Week, June 26, 2003)

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The 100 most embarrassing Berliners

German Cartoon Attacks Holocaust-Promoter

Lea Rosh, the German woman who was the driving force behind the creation of the Berlin 'Holocaust' memorial, was named by Berlin Tip magazine the most embarrassing Berliner of 2003. The construction of the memorial was temporarily halted because the Degussa firm, producer of a chemical making the memorial stones graffiti-proof, was accused to have owned shares of the DEGESCH firm that produced Zyklon B during WWII.

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The Auschwitz Tattooist

Another 'Holocaust' survivor tale appeared in the December 2003 edition of the Australian Jewish News. Lou Sokolov claims that his Auschwitz survival was a miracle because he belongs to "one of the only Jews" who entered the crematorium and came out alive. From August 1942 to late 1944 Sokolov, along with assistants, tattooed the arms of 200,000 Jews from Holland, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Norway, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Austria, and Hungary.

"When two men, one dead and one alive, were registered with the same number, Sokolov had to go into the crematoria to verify the number on the dead man's arm."

He recalls witnessing daily suicides by people who threw themselves against the electric fence - when the rear of the camp was open!

"On January 19, 1945, as the Russians approached, Sokolov joined one of the last groups to march out of Birkenau."

That sounds like he, like Elie Wiesel, was given the option to either stay and be 'liberated' by the Red Army or to leave with the Germans, and he apparently decided to stay with his beloved, atrocious mass-murderers.

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Swastikas a Felony in New York?

A bill that would make swastika graffiti a felony was introduced in the New York state assembly. The bill, which would make the crime punishable by one to four years in jail, was introduced earlier this month following several anti-Jewish acts in Brooklyn and Queens in the past two months, the Brooklyn Papers newspaper chain reported. Such graffiti currently is considered a misdemeanor. (JTA, December 31, 2003)

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More On Ernst Zündel's Ordeal

"Further, the comments by Mr. Justice Blais that the book Covert Entry is a 'novel', prior to hearing any evidence on Zundel's part concerning the background to this book, which will be heard during the hearing proper on the certificate, raises an apprehension of bias on the part of Mr. Justice Blais given his background as the Solicitor General of Canada in charge of CSIS. The book charges CSIS with serious matters concerning Zundel, namely, that it had foreknowledge of the bomb which was sent to him in 1995. That Mr. Justice Blais would immediately brand the book a 'novel' and begin to aggressively intervene in the questioning of Zundel on the book, raises a reasonable apprehension that Mr. Justice Blais, as a former Solicitor General in charge of CSIS, would not be impartial in considering and judging Zundel's allegations against CSIS."

From Barrister Doug Christie's submission that Justice Blais recuse himself from the case, which the judge refused to do. December 2003.

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French Revisionist Jean Plantin Can Keep Degrees

On January 13, 2004, the Lyon administrative court of appeal confirmed the validity of revisionist scholar Jean Plantin's university degrees, thereby dismissing an appeal lodged by the universities Lyon II and Lyon III. The Court ruled that a university administration may revoke a degree only within a four month period and that this needs to be done legally. The court upheld Jean Plantin's successful appeal to the County Court in June 2003 that the universities' decision to revoke his two degrees - "maîtrise d'histoire" and "diplôme d'études approfondies" - was illegal.

In June 2000, the University Lyon II decided that Jean Plantin's DEA diploma, obtained 10 years before (1990), regarding the "Investigations about the typhus epidemics in German concentration camps," was not valid because one of the jury members was absent. In July 2001, the University Lyon III, who, ten years before, had granted Jean Plantin a diploma because of his work about Paul Rassinier, decided finally that his work was "unacceptable".

On June 25, 2003, Jean Plantin was sentenced for contempt of court to prison for six months without remission for continuing to publish revisionist books, after he had been sentenced twice in 1999 for "challenging crimes against humanity" with his revisionist publications. The matter is now subject to appeal. (AFP, January 13, 2004)

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Humor in France Anti-Semitic

French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala dressed as an Orthodox Jew ended his sketch on the popular live public TV channel France 3 chat show "You Can't Please Everyone," with "Heil Israel" and the Hitler salute. The station apologized, but criminal investigations into this 'anti-Semitic' incident are proceeding. (JTA, December 24, 2003)

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Human Rights Court: No Freedom of Speech for Garaudy

On July 8, 2003, the European High Court in Straßburg dismissed as inadmissible the appeal filed by French revisionist Roger Garaudy against a decision of the French penal courts. The French courts had sentenced Garaudy for his 1995 revisionist book The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics to a suspended prison term of nine months and a fine of 160,000 FF (ca. $30,000). The European High Court ruled that revisionist theses instigate hatred against Jews and are therefore not protected by constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech.

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French Revisionist Jailed for Revisionism

The trial of 34-year-old French father of four Vincent Reynouard, author of a book and a video-cassette about the wartime tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane, was held in Limoges. He is charged with "attempting to justify war crimes" via the video-cassette in question. The proceedings were rushed through in three hours. The presiding judge, François Casassus-Builhé, demonstrated a shocking partiality. He forbade the showing of the video. He forbade the cross-examination of the sole prosecution witness. The barrister for the LICRA (International league against racism and anti-Semitism) was moderate. The public prosecutor sought a n unsuspended sentence of one year imprisonment. Eric Delcroix was brilliant in his defence of V. Reynouard. The correctional court of Limoges announced its judgment on Dec. 12, 2003: Vincent Reynouard was sentenced to one year imprisonment, nine of which were suspended, and was ordered to pay a fine of 10.000 euros; all files seized by the Belgian police remain confiscated; Reynouard has a probabtion period of three years, has to pay one euro of symbolic damages to three suing parties, and 1,000 euros of expenses for the lawsuit. Reynouard's 'accomplice' Guy Dubois received a suspended term of three months imprisonment and a fine of 2,000. The trial was accompanied by hysterical war propaganda programs by the French media.

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Prison Term for Swiss Revisionists confirmed

On June 4, 2003, the Appeal Court in Freiburg, Switzerland, confirmed the prison sentences handed down against Swiss revisionists Georges Brennenstuhl (three months) and René-Louis Berclaz (his term was reduced from nine to six months). (Schweizerische Depeschen Agentur, June 4, 2003)

Question: If it takes 200,000 US troops eight months to capture one geriatric 'despot', then how long would it take... Oops! Sorry. It took them so long to capture the geriatric 'despot' that I've forgotten the rest of the question.

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German Human Rights Group Prosecuted

On November 9, 2003, the "Association for the Rehabilitation of Those Persecuted for Challenging the Holcaust" was established in Vlotho, Westfalia (Germany). The event was attended - in person or by proxy - by famous revisionists like Ernst Zündel, Ingrid Rimland, Robert Faurisson, Germar Rudolf, Jürgen Graf, Gerd Honsik, Wilhelm Stäglich, Fredrick Töben, Andres Studer, Hans-Dietrich Sander, Manfred Röder, Frank Rennicke, Hans Schmidt, Anneliese Remer, and others. This human rights group intends to fight for everybody's right to freely investigate the biggest taboo of western societies.

Shortly after the association was established, its office was raided by the German police and criminal investigations started against several leading members of this human rights group (Horst Mahler, Otto Chors, Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel) for "Denying the Holocaust." (tageszeitung, Dec. 13, 2003)

Anbody who wants to assist this human rights group may contact it via Mr. Mahler, Weidenbusch 13, D-14532 Kleinmachnow (Germany). Membership is currently only €10 ($12) per month.

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Greece to Institute National Holocaust Day

Greece announced this week that it would establish a national day of remembrance for Greek Jews who died in the Holocaust. The country's Interior Ministry said it would submit legislation to parliament making January 27 - the day the Auschwitz camp was captured by the Red Army - a "day of remembrance of Greek Jewish Holocaust victims". More than 90 per cent of Greece's 80,000 Jews are claimed to have perished in German camps or during the German occupation of Greece in World War II. The announcement came a day after the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a travel advisory urging Jews to avoid visiting Greece for the 2004 Olympics because of the alleged anti-Semitic climate. (AJN, November 28, 2003)

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French Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues

On Nov. 21, 2003, the periodical of the French government (Journal officiel de la République française) published e decree of the day before announcing the nomination of "an ambassador for the international dimension of the Shoah [Holocaust], of robbery and the duty to remember." Jacques Huntzinger, Plenipotentiary Minister 1st class, will be this ambassador. The decree was signed by Jacques Chirac, President, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Premierminister, and Dominique de Villepin, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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US Special Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues

In May 2002, Randolph Marshall Bell was declared Special Envoy of the USA for Holocaust Issues. Bell headed the U.S. group assisting in organizing the 1997 London conference on "Nazi gold." He also worked closely together with the U.S. department of revenue to come to an agreement with Austria in 2000/2001 regarding reparation payments for forced labor and expropriations. ( The psychological gagging and financial plundering of Germany is perfectly organized.

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Wehrmacht Helmets Cause Grief in Israel

Israeli soldiers reportedly are refusing to wear U.S.-supplied helmets which they think make them look "Nazi." Ma'ariv reported that an unspecified number of conscripts and reservists preferred to go without the new head protection, saying the square brims and ear coverings were reminiscent of Wehrmacht helmets. A military spokesman rejected the notion, saying the cut-rate US military surplus helmets were a bargain for Israel in time of budget cuts. (JTA January 4, 2004)

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Snow White and the Madness of Truth

Stockholm's Museum of National Antiquities hosted an exhibition "Making Differences" where one item, entitled "Snow White and the Madness of Truth," featured a small ship carrying a picture of Islamic Jihad bomber Hanadi Jaradat sailing in a rectangular pool filled with blood-colored water. Classical music was played in the background. The artist "hoped it would lead to an artistic dialogue," but the Israeli ambassador to Sweden destroyed the exhibit, and this on the eve of an international conference on genocide to be hosted by the Swedish government. (AFP, January 17, 2004)

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German Citizen Convicted of Aiding Hizballah

On January 14, 2004, an Israeli court found a German citizen guilty of conspiring with Hizballah to plan a terror attack in Israel. Stephan Smyrek, 27, was convicted by a panel of three judges at the Tel-Aviv District Court of passing information to Hizballah and aiding the organization in planning a suicide bombing. However, he was acquitted of charges that he was going to carry out the attack himself. (International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Israel,

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The Price of Whistle-Blowing

Mordechai Vanunu, 49, who, in a 1986 Sunday Times interview, blew the whistle on Israel's nuclear industry and was subsequently sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in Israel, is due for release on April 21, 2004. His release is now conditional on his signing an agreement that he will not disclose any further secrets that he may still have. (The Age, January 6, 2004)

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Rachel Corrie Memorial Destroyed by Israel

As reported in TR 3/2003 (pp. 308-312), Rachel Corrie was the heroic Jewish volunteer who was crushed to death in Rafah, Gaza, in March 2003 as she tried to prevent an Israeli bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home. As a reaction to this, Palestinians rebuilt the home, which she tried to protect, and converted it into a memorial for both Rachel Corrie and Nuha Swaidan, who was a pregnant Palestinian woman who was also killed by a bulldozer during a house demolition in Gaza. However, the owner of this memorial promptly received a new demolition notice on Sept. 29, 2003. The property is home to Bait Arabiya and Salim Shawamrah and their seven children who have watched Israelis demolish their house four times before. The official reason for demolition is there was no building permit. In the meantime, Rachel Corrie's parents visited the Arabiya property in support of their quest and were also received by President Arafat (see picture). The Bait Arabiya property has become a symbol of peaceful resistance not only to occupation but to Israeli's sustained campaign to displace Palestinians from their country altogether.


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US Firm Sentenced for Notice of Unkosher Products

Due to the violent politics of Israel in the occupied territories, illegal under international law, the U.S. Firm Cook Composites and Polymers Co. in northern Kansas decided to indicate for its customers in the Middle East that all of its products were non-Israeli and would not contain any Israeli components. As a result, this company was sued for violation of anti-boycott laws and finally agreed to pay a fine of $6,000. The U.S. anti-boycott provisions bar U.S. companies from providing information about their business relationships with Israel. They also require that receipt of boycott requests be reported to the Bureau of Industry and Security, formerly known as the Bureau of Export Administration. Knowing violators of the anti-boycott provisions face fines of up to $50,000, or five times the value of the exports at issue, and possible imprisonment. Offenders can also be denied export privileges. The Bureau of Industry and Security says it has imposed more than $26 million in fines for violations of the provisions. (Kansas City Star, June 25, 2003) Of course, every U.S. company may boycott French, German, etc. products as they please and everybody may call for a boycott of these nations, and as is generally known, the trade of many products with certain, mainly Arab countries is severely restricted by U.S. law. The same laws for everybody...

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Mark of Cain

In the recent, 11/14/03 issue of the Forward (p. 9), one of the most important Jewish newspapers in the United States, I came across the following statement made by Rabbi Eric Yoffe, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. He stated:

"And in Europe, which bears the mark of Cain for its complicity in the Holocaust, the Arab-Israeli conflict has become a means of absolving guilt. In turning Israelis from victims into Nazis, they [non-Jewish Europeans] seek to cleanse their consciences by casting their sins upon us [Jews]."

This comment is interesting for two reasons. First, it shows that the Holocaust doctrine is indeed used by certain groups of powerful Jews as an ideological battering ram against all non-Jewish Europeans. Notice that Rabbi Yoffe labels all of Europe with the "mark of Cain." Just as it is socially and morally acceptable for Jewish groups like the ADL to proclaim as its mission the ending of the defamation of the Jewish people, so it should also be with non-Jewish Europeans. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. It should be socially and morally acceptable for non-Jewish Europeans to work to expose the lies and exaggerations in the Holocaust ideology, which in turn are used to defame all non-Jewish Europeans. This is one of the reasons why the mission of The Revisionist is so vitally important. By exposing Holocaust lies and exaggerations, the journal is helping to end the defamation of all of European peoples.

The quote from Rabbi Yoffe is important for another reason. It displays the hypocritical double standard that is so deeply ingrained in modern day society. It is a fact of history that people of Jewish descent were a major force behind the rise of totalitarian Communism, which in turn brought misery and death to millions of non-Jewish people. It is also a historical fact that there was a large amount of sympathy and support within the Jewish community for Communism. Now, suppose for the sake of argument a major European or American politician were to say something similar to what Rabbi Yoffe said:

"And in the Jewish Community, which bears the mark of Cain for its complicity in the crimes of Communism, the Nazi Holocaust has become a means of absolving guilt. In turning all non-Jewish Europeans into Holocaust perpetrators, the Jews seek to cleanse their consciences by casting their sins upon non-Jews."

Any European or American leader that made a statement like this would immediately be branded an 'evil anti-Semite.' Indeed, in certain European nations he may even be put on trial for 'hate crimes.' Contemporary Western society 'allows' Jews to use the Holocaust as an ideological battering ram against non-Jews. But non-Jews are absolutely forbidden to use the crimes of Communism as a battering reproach against Jews. Hypocrisy abounds.

Paul Grubach

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Updated: January 19, 2004

Source: The Revisionist 2(1) (2004), pp. 116-120.

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