Humint Events Online: The Holocaust Is Used to Justify War

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The Holocaust Is Used to Justify War

And is fair game for questioning, on those grounds.

More than taboo 2013 Holocaust What's true and What's false? from Ryantineocon on Vimeo.

What's seems crazy to me is how the Germans themselves have so lustily gone after "death camp guards" and have outlawed Holocaust denial to such an extreme extent. Not sure if it is a political form of brainwashing or what. But it is almost psychopathic and ludicrous, given the extreme age of the people they are going after.

The first case to reach state prosecutors involved Hans Lipschis, 94, who was deported from the United States in 1983. At the time, the West German authorities said they had no grounds to prosecute him. Three decades later, Ralf Dietrich, a 37-year-old state prosecutor in Stuttgart, was asked to build a case against him.
Mr. Dietrich said that while he reviewed the detailed and emotional testimony from the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials of the 1960s, it was not sufficient to build a modern case. Instead, he approached his case as he would a more recent criminal prosecution.
Using digital technology, he created a three-dimensional model of Auschwitz-Birkenau, with the help of officials in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, that allows for a 360-degree view of the camp. It can be programmed to show what an individual guard could have seen from a specific vantage point, even including the window of the kitchen where Mr. Lipschis said he served as a cook.
“We had to prove more than just that he was present,” Mr. Dietrich said.
“Many former guards say that they didn’t know anything because they couldn’t see from where they were serving,” Mr. Dietrich added. “This allows us to go in and look at whether that is true. What could one see from a watchtower? Could you see the chimneys of the crematoria? Could you see smoke?”
Archival research, he said, was also important. He used spreadsheets to log data from Nazi record books and officers’ diaries to calculate more precise estimates of the numbers of victims. Specifically, Mr. Dietrich drew from the meticulous diary kept by Mr. Lipschis’ unit commander to establish the exact times when the suspect served guard duty.
Armed with those dates, Mr. Dietrich turned to transport lists of prisoners who arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau to find out how many people would have arrived under Mr. Lipschis’ watch. By subtracting the names of any known survivors, he was able to establish a plausible number of victims — 10,510 — who were killed on Mr. Lipschis’ watch, providing a legal link to charge Mr. Lipschis as an accessory to the murders.
Related story here.

One aspect of the German's anti-Nazi mentality may be the surprising extent to which they are sympathetic to the Russians and identify with them. And certainly Soviet Russia and even the modern Russian state has propagandized the Holocaust just as much as the US has, maybe even more so. It was always in the interests of both the Americans and the Russians to play up the Holocaust as a way to demonize the Nazi enemies and justify the war, as well as to detract from their own brutal crimes during the war. To be sure, all sides did terrible things in WWII.


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