I was amazed when I received a letter from some American evangelicals organization, in which they asked for donations to elderly Jewish poor in Israel. The letter was accompanied by a picture of an old Jewish lady looking for food in a trash bin. Maybe she was a victim of Holocaust?
So, every honest Christian or Jew should ask what happened to billions of dollars of compensation paid mainly by Germans allegedly to victims of Holocaust.The answer to this question can be found in the activity of so-called Holocaust Industry described by Norman Filkenstein
We are currently dealing with an unprecedented anti-Polish propaganda campaign on the part of Holocaust Industry, aimed at transferring part of the blame for Holocaust from Germany to Poland in order to extort huge damages from Poland. The part of this propaganda campaign is attempt to popularize the term „Polish concentration camps” instead of German Nazi death camps, falsifying history of World War II. In such a situation, the reaction of Polish government is understandable.
Poland is a very uncomfortable country for Holocaust Industry because it has been victim of aggression of two of the most criminal systems in history of the world: Nazism and communism. Jews who were victims of Nazism in the communist system were activists of Soviet apparatus of terror, responsible for mass crimes committed on the Slavic (including Poles) civil population. Racialism and hypocrisy of the Western ideology of political correctness is puzzling. All attention is focused on suffering of Jews and almost completely ignores crimes committed on the Slavic nations like Poles, treating them as second-class victims. A good example of such an approach may be the case of Soviet dissident Solzhenitsyn, who was adored in the West for many years. He even received Nobel prize. However, when he wrote a book in which he revealed enormous participation of Jewish communists in crimes of the Soviet system, he fell into disgrace and his book was almost completely ignored in the West.
Getting Money From the Germans. Got a Good Thing Going, So Why Stop With the Germans? The Pedagogy of Shame For Poland
By Jan Peczkis
Although now written over a decade ago, this book is very timely. The trend nowadays is to redefine non-German European nations (notably Poland) as co-perpetrators of the Holocaust (or at least „complicit in the Holocaust”) for rather obvious reasons. For an update of Finkelstein, please click on, and read my detailed English-language review, of Nie musimy placic Zydom!. It is clear that, individual exceptions aside, the Poles owe the Jews nothing. All Jewish demands, for compensation for Jewish properties lost during the German-made Holocaust, had been satisfied in 1952 and 1960.
NO MERITOCRACY ON GENOCIDES! THE HOLOCAUST IS ONE OF MANY GENOCIDES
Finkelstein is, to begin with, very critical of the notion that Jewish suffering is special and that it is deserving of special public memory. His own mother, a Holocaust survivor, opposed moral distinctions between different peoples’ sufferings (p. 8). Finkelstein examines and rejects arguments advanced to support the uniqueness of the Holocaust. He finds them internally inconsistent and intellectually barren, and suggests that whenever a particular argument is refuted, a new one is advanced in its place. He scoffs at the notion that the Holocaust is beyond rational understanding or that it is uniquely evil. He shows how the current preoccupation with the Holocaust, among both Jews and gentiles, did not begin until over 20 years after WWII, and dismisses the notion that this was just a delayed reaction of the Jewish community to the trauma of the event. He points out that there is no evidence for any such delayed group reaction to trauma. Finkelstein pulls no punches in identifying the real foundation for Holocaust-uniqueness claims: UNIQUE SUFFERING CONFERS UNIQUE ENTITLEMENT (p. 47). He even sees this as a form of self-aggrandizement by certain Jews.
TODAY’S JEWS IN PERSPECTIVE
American Jews have been very successful. Norman G. Finkelstein points out that American Jews’ per capita income is almost double that of non-Jews (p. 32). Sixteen of the forty wealthiest Americans are Jews. Some forty percent of American Nobel Prize winners in science and economics are Jewish. So are 20% of the professors at major universities, and 40% of partners in the leading law firms in New York and Washington.
ORIGINS OF THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY
Finkelstein traces the origins of the Holocaust Industry to the progressively more flagrant misuse of reparations monies that began from West Germany in 1952. In time, the number of „Holocaust survivors” has been bloated to a ridiculous extent (even to the inclusion of 2nd and 3rd generation of those who experienced the Holocaust). Moreover, up to now, only 15% of reparations monies have actually gone to Jewish Holocaust survivors! The rest went to Jews and Jewish organizations that never went through the Holocaust, but which have arrogated to themselves the claim that they speak for Jewish victims. Finkelstein calls this a racket. He discusses the shakedown of the Swiss, and how they paid out 1.25 billion dollars to avoid being labeled „anti-Semitic”, „hard-hearted”, „unwilling to come to terms with one’s past”, etc., even though claims of confiscated Jewish wealth in Swiss banks turned out to be almost completely baseless.
POLES AS TARGETS OF THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY
The Polonophobic tone of Holocaust materials have long made Poles suspicious that it is agenda driven. This is now openly corroborated by Finkelstein.
By way of introduction, the Pole is familiar with the PEDAGOGIKA WSTYDU (The Pedagogy of Shame). A Communist authority would accuse a person of something, and would keep pressuring him to „confess” as the only way of redeeming himself. Now the Holocaust Industry is engaging in its own version of PEDAGOGIKA WSTYDU. The constant portrayals of Poles as a primitive, villainous people are designed to shame Poland into paying off the Holocaust Industry, and to generate international pressure on Poland to force her to do so. At the same time, the instilling of guilt into young, mostly-uninformed Poles, is designed to make them more Judeo-compliant. The Pole is all too familiar with standard Holocaustspeak, such as „Facing up to dark chapters in history” and „Coming to terms with the past.”
Norman G. Finkelstein touches on the anti-Polish aspects of the Holocaust Industry. (p. 130-133). However, so-called property-restitution efforts go far beyond efforts of still-living Jews to reacquire their prewar property, or for Poland’s existing Jews to reacquire some prewar communal properties. Compensation-reparations demands are never satisfied, and can go as far as pressuring Poland to pay for everything that belonged to Jews before the war, even though Poland had been conquered by the Germans and had nothing to say about the seizure of Jewish property and the murder of the Jews. Of course, this would totally bankrupt Poland. But if taken this far and applied consistently and fairly, it would also mean that Poland would have to pay compensation to the Germans for lands acquired after the war, whereas the Ukraine, Byelorussia, and Lithuania would have to pay compensations to Poland for the prewar Polish lands seized by the Soviet Union. But why stop there? Would present-day Germany and Russia pay Poland compensation for all the vast amounts of Polish properties destroyed during and after the German-Soviet WWII conquest and occupation of Poland? Laugh…
We again face the same-old double standard: A Talmudic-style dual morality which imposes one set of laws on the Jew and another, less favorable one on the GOYIM.
Holocaust Industry like Orwell language paradox:
Hitler finds out about Polish concentration camps
A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF BOOKS THAT PROMOTE THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY
- Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World
- Reparations for Nazi Victims in Postwar Europe
- Robbery and Restitution: The Conflict over Jewish Property in Europe (War and Genocide)
- Restitution and Memory: Material Restoration in Europe
- Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy
- Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America’s Courts
- Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II
- German Reparations and the Jewish World: A History of the Claims Conference
- The Plunder of Jewish Property During the Holocaust: Confronting European History
- West German reparations to Israel
BOOKS, REVIEWED BY ME, THAT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS POLAND’S 1997 LAW ON THE RESTITUTION OF JEWISH COMMUNAL PROPERTIES:
- Jewish Presence in Absence: The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland, 1944 2010
- Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland
- Post-Communist Restitution and the Rule of Law
BOOKS, REVIEWED BY ME, THAT QUESTION ONE OR MORE ASPECTS OF THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY
- Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-48 (New Studies in European History)
- Walls Around: The Plunder of Warsaw Jewry during World War II and Its Aftermath
- Nie musimy placic Zydom! (We Do Not Have to Pay the Jews!)
- Operacja ‚Jedwabne’ Mity i fakty (Operation „Jedwabne” Myths and Facts)
- Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Finkelstein, Norman(June 2, 2008) Paperback
- The Holocaust Industry Publisher: Verso; Second Edition
- Holocaust Supremacism Cleverly Disguised By a Rhetoric of Universalist Language: A Self-Appointed „Gateway” Genocide
Published with the author’s permission.
Image: Norman G. Finkelstein THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY – part of the cover. Selected by wg.pco