The Holocaust Story

If the Holocaust was an event in history, it should be open to the routine critical examination to which all other historical events are open. Those who feel it right to argue against the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans should be free to do so. No one should be imprisoned for thought crimes. Contrary to how Hollywood and the Israeli-Firsters have it, the Holocaust story is not about Jews. It’s about Jews and Germans together, inseparable, for all time to come.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Austria: FREE DAVID IRVING for CHRISTMAS

This is a call for Austria (and the other countries of Europe which have thoughtcrime laws in place) to free David Irving and other historical dissidents by Christmas. Austria could minimize its shame by releasing Irving by Christmas. Germany could minimize its shame by releasing Germar Rudolf by Christmas as well.

Let us recall the Christmas truce of 1914. As the ravages of World War One entered into its first Christmas season, the soldiers of the Western Front laid down their arms on Christmas Day and met in No Man's Land. It is said that they exchanged food and cigarettes. They played football (soccer).

There are many accounts of the Christmas truce, the most famous of which concern the meeting of British and German forces. Some narratives tell of British troops hearing their German counterparts singing Christmas carols and joining in, while a private in the Royal Welch Fusiliers told of how both sides erected signs wishing the other a 'Merry Christmas'. From these small starts some men crossed the lines with their hands up, and troops from the opposing side went to meet them. By the time officers realised what was happening the initial meetings had been made, and most commanders either turned a blind eye or happily joined in.

The fraternization lasted, in many areas, for the whole of Christmas day. Food and supplies were exchanged on a one to one basis, while in some areas men borrowed tools and equipment from the enemy, in order to quickly improve their own living conditions. Many games of football were played using whatever would suffice for a ball, while bodies that had become trapped within No Man's Land were buried.

End the senseless hatred that is Thoughtcrimes law. Free the political and historical dissidents of Europe. Free David Irving and Germar Rudolf by Christmas! Let us pray for peace and freedom this Christmas season.

Hatred will only inspire more hatred. Austria needs to end its hate now and move forward in the proper spirit of reconciliation. Austria (and Germany) would do well to read the words of Germar Rudolf from his banned and burned book, "Dissecting the Holocaust,"

"Reconciliation can progress only in a climate which fosters speaking from the heart and listening with an open mind and spirit; where opinions are expressed rather than choked back or even suppressed; where points of contention are discussed in a civilized manner and not hidden by hushing-up, distractionism, or violence."

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