Holocaust “Believers”, Holocaust “Deniers”, and David Irving.

Today I had submitted a comment to World War 2 Youtuber “TIK”, concerning a segment he recently published about controversial English historian David Irving. After editing for usage and spelling, I submitted my comment, only to see it disappear immediately – apparently. YouTuber “TIK” had earned some criticism, so I am composing that comment again.

“You presented an interesting question about historian David Irving’s writing. I have never completely read any of Irving’s works, though I have gone through his book, The Trail of the Fox, in a search for references about the Italian Royal Army. You differ with Irving over his views on the Holocaust, and therefore say that all his works should be cast into the proverbial rubbish.

You have made some very interesting videos about World War 2, especially those that covered the particulars of the rivalry between the German generals, the logistical problems, and the arrival and departure of units in “Case Blue”. You have a habit of genuflecting, from time to time, to the popular notion of Jewish victimhood in World War 2, but I do not think it discredits your work. But after all, you are in Europe, where doubting the Holocaust is illegal: if you were to voice doubts about the popular Holocaust narrative, you could lose your Youtube channel and find yourself serving a year in prison.

For most of my life, I believed the popular narrative about the Holocaust. However, I began to hear personal stories and read historical accounts that contradict the widely accepted version of it.

In my town there lived many European survivors of World War 2, and a number of concentration camp survivors, as well. One day while waiting in line to pay a utility bill, I noticed a woman who had a number tattoed on her arm. I asked her about it, and she explained that she had been in a concentration camp. She told me she was Jewish and had lived in the German capital, Berlin, until 1941 – 3 years after the war started – when she was sent to the camp.

She told me that the Germans treated her well and that the camp Komandant was a “complete gentleman”; naturally, this contradicted what I expected to hear, i.e, that the Komandant was a monster. Later, I spoke with an Austrian Jew who spent time in a concentration camp and had nothing but admiration for the Germans. A Polish Jew made similar expressions of esteem. These responses were puzzling and I thought that perhaps they simply did not want to recall bad memories any more. I wish I’d had the presence of mind to get a more detailed account of their experiences.

Years later, I came across a book written by a Russian Jew and historian, named Yuri Mukhin. The book is titled: Крестовый Поход на Восток. “Жертвы” Второй Мировой. [Crusade to the East. The “Victims” of the Second World War.] 2006, ISBN 5-87849-148-6.

Yuri Mukhin is a pro-Stalin, pro-communist historian, and therefore has no reason to do Hitler any favors. Nevertheless, he argues that only about 600,000 Jews in total died in World War 2: about 300,000 died on the territory of the USSR, as a result of revenge attacks by town and city folk, who had been treated harshly and brutally by Jewish communist authorities. Another 300,000 died in the concentration camps in the last 6 months of the war, he argues, as a result of the ruin, devastation, and starvation that resulted from the Anglo-American bombing campaign. Most died of hunger and typhus and those, by international law, were burned in the camps’ crematorium ovens. His book also contains photos of Jews in Auschwitz, who are well-fed and participating in wedding ceremonies.

Another book that does not fit the popular narrative that the Germans and most of Europe lusted for the extermination of the Jews, is Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, by Bryan Rigg. According to the author, about 150,000 Jews served in the German military in World War 2 – evidently the Nazis were not in a big hurry to send them all to concentration camps.

In Hitler’s Table Talk, which is a compilation of the secretly-recorded conversations of the Fuhrer with his VIP guests, Hitler hardly mentions the Jews; his biggest concern is the conduct of the war.

All of the above contradicts the notion that the Germans had a plan to physically exterminate all of Europe’s Jews, but the laws of Europe and employment practices in the United States protect the Holocaust narrative from scrutiny. Even the great Russian dissident and intellectual, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, must now be dismissed as an “anti-semite”, because one of his last books, 200 Years Together, which is a history of relations between the Jews and Tsarist (later communist) Russia, does not constantly portray the Jews in only the most flattering way. In fact, though it is available in French, it is not available in print in English, but portions of it may be found here, and here. So shall all of Solzhenitsyn’s works be thrown into the proverbial trash bin, because he was a free-thinker?

Considering the above, your attack on David Irving seems to have less to do with his research, and more to do with ensuring that questions about the Holocaust narrative are not tolerated.

But those horses are no longer pulling in the same direction.”

Mr. Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in Spain 1936-1939. Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War.

Yuri Mukhin’s Crusade to the East. The “Victims” of the Second World War.

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