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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Forward
December 30, 2005

THE DISPUTATION: Our Role in Promoting Holocaust Denial
By David Klinghoffer

When Klinghoffer speaks of "our" role in promoting Holocaust denial he evades the question of how "they" promote the Holocaust story itself. That is, they promote the Holocaust, and they promote its "denial" at the same time. A nice irony. He recognizes the fact that "they" have gone too far and that "they" have put the whole enchilada at risk. It would not appear that way to civilians, but to those of us who soldier along on either side of the question, we can see what is happening. Thier promotion of the story and its denial, and their slander and sliming of those who question the story and are contemptuous of how it is promoted, has gone over the top. It's a case where too much success leads to the inevitable quest for a rational balance and good sense. This quest is going on now all around the world.

Lately we Jews have displayed a weakness for a style of rhetorical overreach in which the Holocaust is deployed as a stick to threaten those whom some of us find objectionable. It should not startle anyone if Jew haters, seeing what a favorite weapon the Holocaust has become, seek to wrestle it out of our hands by denying it ever happened.

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