The chief argument advanced for the elevation of the Holocaust over the genocides of all other peoples is the one about the unprecedented attempt to destroy every single member of the targeted group, as well as the Nazi “unique obsession” with destroying Jews, whatever the cost. It does not follow that the Holocaust is deserving of special recognition even if both were true. But, as it turns out, and as this book amply shows, both premises are false. [Note that, in bringing these facts out, I am in no sense questioning the magnitude of Jewish suffering or the fact of 5-6 million murdered European Jews.]
The author identifies himself as a secular Jew. (p. 398). He acknowledges that he has observed the prejudices against ultra-Orthodox Jews, by secular Jews. (pp. 397-398). He suggests that, for this reason, the role of ultra-Orthodox Jews, in the crucial negotiations with the Nazis, has not received the deserved recognition in Holocaust historiography. (pp. 397-398).
As elaborated in the next section of this review, “Final Solution” does not necessarily mean extermination: It consists of any combination of extermination and emigration—so long as Europe ends up JUDENREIN (free of Jews). In fact, throughout the duration of the Third Reich, some Jews were always allowed to go free, and not only during the last half-year precedent to Germany’s military defeat, as is featured in this book.
NO MONOLITHIC NAZI GERMAN POLICY ON THE DESTRUCTION OF EVERY SINGLE JEWISH MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD
To begin with, there is still no written document, from Hitler, ordering the Shoah itself. (p. 89). There is no agreement, among scholars, as to when the Holocaust itself began. Nor, as elaborated below, was there any consensus among the Germans (Nazis) as to how far it should proceed.
Based on cited archival documents (p. 441), author Max Wallace writes, “One extreme faction of the Gestapo (dubbed Group C) was impatient to continue extermination and had wanted to resume deportations as early as August 19 . This group, which he [Kasztner] said represented Hitler’s attitude, wanted to liquidate the Jews even if Germany lost the war. The Hungarian regime was either powerless to act or indifferent to the plight of Jews, he explained. This group would permit no emigration whatsoever. Himmler’s faction (Group B), whose attitude toward the Jewish Question was ‘indifferent,’ representing a middle course, he explained. This group didn’t oppose the release of Jews, especially if they could be used to obtain goods of value to the Reich in exchange. Meanwhile, a third faction (Group A) believed extermination as a policy was undesirable. However, it was unclear to Kasztner how large or influential this last group was.” (pp. 267-268).
Moreover, actions speak louder than words. If Hitler was serious about exterminating every single Jewish man, woman, and child, moreover irrespective of the eventual fate of the Third Reich, he surely would have intervened and halted Himmler’s Jewish-release actions. However, author Wallace does not explain this. Note that secret negotiations are one thing. But could something as obvious as the blowing-up of the Auschwitz-Birkenau crematoria on November 25, 1944 (p. 271, 280)—almost a full two months before the arrival of the Red Army—be kept secret from Hitler all this time? Or did Hitler know, but played along?
THE KEY FINDING OF THIS BOOK: NAZI DEALS FOR SPARING JEWS
This subject goes beyond the customary attention to the negotiations between Adolf Eichmann and Leonard Brand. (pp. 211-on). Author Max Wallace (p. 275) cites new evidence linking the deliberate Nazi termination of the systematic (as opposed to the ongoing individual) killings of Jews, in November 1944, with the Himmler-centered negotiations regarding goods in exchange for Jews. Pointedly, Wallace adds that, “The significance of these two documents cannot be overstated. It is the first time that the tractor bribe has been linked to a full-scale release of Jews or a promise to halt the exterminations rather than simply the release of the Kasztner train passengers. The promise of three hundred tractors may be small compared to the Germans’ initial demand for ten thousand trucks but it would represent the first time during these extraordinary negotiations that any ransom had ever been paid in high-value goods rather than in cash—goods that the Nazis had long been demanding but had never received because the Allies had explicitly forbidden such transactions.” (pp. 287-288).
MYTH-SHATTERING IMPLICATIONS OF THE NAZI HALTING OF THE HOLOCAUST
Max Wallace quips, “To this day, conventional wisdom and many historians maintain that it was the Allied liberation of the camps that halted the exterminations. This is a convenient argument. But it is difficult to ignore the evidence that suggests the Nazis’ wholesale liquidation of European Jewry ended almost six months before VE Day. The same evidence may well explain why there were any survivors of the camps at all.” (p. 290).
In terms of specifics, author Wallace says that estimates of Jews who survived the Holocaust or the camps range from 300,000 to 500,000. (p. 389). This figure encompasses 200,000 Hungarian Jewish survivors, but not the Polish Jews who were out of reach of the Nazis by virtue of their relocation into the interior of the Soviet Union. Pointedly, Wallace suggests that it is difficult to estimate the number of Jews who survived as a direct fruit of the Jewish-Nazi negotiations featured in this book. (p. 389).
THE NAZI GERMAN EXTERMINATION OF 5-6 MILLION JEWS IS A FACT: ITS „SELF-EVIDENT” SPECIAL STATUS IS NOT
It Does Not Follow That a More-Comprehensive Genocide is More Significant Than a Less-Comprehensive Genocide. Besides:
(I). NO ALL-INCLUSIVE TARGETING OF JEWS. NOT ALL JEWS WERE GASSED, SHOT, OR STARVED. IN FACT, THE NAZIS DELIBERATELY SPARED MANY JEWS WHEN THEY EASILY COULD HAVE KILLED THEM
A significant number of prominent German Jews were declared Aryans [given the DEUTSCHBLUTIGKEITSERKLARUNG (declaration of German blood)], by top Nazi officials (including Hitler himself):
Throughout the ongoing Shoah, the Nazis amnestied a total of tens of thousands of Jews, even allowing thousands of them to leave Nazi-ruled Europe:
The Nazis did not kill, or even specially mistreat, American and British POWs that were Jewish (all the while the Nazis were starving millions of non-Jewish Soviet POWs!):
Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War II
(II). MYTH: HOLOCAUST, THE UNIQUELY-IRRATIONAL GENOCIDE THAT PROVIDED NO BENEFITS TO THE PERPETRATOR:
Regardless of how „rational genocides” are arbitrarily defined, there was no clear-cut dichotomy between ideological and material-gain considerations behind Nazi policies towards the Jews:
Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944
(III). MYTH: HOLOCAUST, THE UNIQUELY-IRRATIONAL SELF-HARMING GENOCIDE
We had been led to believe that the Nazis would spare no effort to kill every single possible Jew within reach, even if it contravened German military, economic, and political interests. Not so.
The Holocaust did not handicap Germany economically. Nor did it cause a shortage of workers:
The Nazis did murder many Jewish laborers that were essential to the German war effort. But they also arbitrarily spared many Jewish laborers that were NOT. Go figure. Also, it is untrue that the Germans allowed militarily-essential railroad traffic to be hampered by railway shipments of Jews to the death camps:
Gates of Tears: The Holocaust in the Lublin District
(IV). MYTH: THE NAZIS HAD A ONE-OF-A-KIND OBSESSION WITH JEWS
Fact: Not All Jews Were Sent to the Death Camps for Immediate Liquidation. Many Were Sent to „Ordinary” Concentration Camps. And in the “Ordinary” Concentration Camps, Nazis Did Not Consistently Treat Jewish Inmates Worse Than They Treated non-Jewish Inmates:
At Gross Rosen:
At Dachau, etc.:
HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM IN LEADING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS
[In Canada, UK, and the USA. Based on search of the PROQUEST NEWSTAND database, covering July 3, 2007—July 3, 2017. Using these respective keyword combinations: (Roma or Romani or Sinti or Gypsy or Gypsies) genocide; (“Great Famine” and Ukraine) or Holodomor; Armenian Genocide; “Holocaust” or Shoah]:
MENTIONS OF THE GENOCIDES APPORTIONED:
Globe and Mail……..14………..39 ………103………..1,369
Wall Street Journal…..0………….3………..110………..1,098
New York Times……..32………….8………..245………..4,654
USA Today …………….5………….0………….23………….365
NOTE: The virtual monopoly of Jews and the Holocaust is even more severe than appears from the table above. This, in the case of the Canadian newspapers, owes to the skewing effects of the large numbers of politically-active Ukrainian-Canadians in Canada. In other English-speaking nations, where Ukrainians are uncommon, the Holodomor barely registers.
As for the Armenian genocide [Aghet], it got a “bump” of publicity surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide (2015) and the ongoing Turkish-counterclaim controversy. Even so, it has gotten a paltry fraction of the recognition of the Holocaust.
JEWISH AUTHORS CONFRONT HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM
I. BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR TO THE GENOCIDES OF OTHER PEOPLES
The Myths of Liberal Zionism
II. BECAUSE IT IS “REPELLANT CHAUVINISM”, AND IS A TOOL FOR SECURING SPECIAL RIGHTS
III. BECAUSE IT DISTORTS JEWISH SELF-IDENTITY, AND REPLACES GOD
Rabbi Byron Sherwin:
Rabbi Michael Goldberg:
SOME MANIFESTATIONS OF HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM
There are 16,000 titles, in the U. S. Library of Congress (the largest library in the world), on the Holocaust:
Hollywood has produced 175 films on the Holocaust between 1989 and 2008:
In May 1978, 120 million Americans viewed the HOLOCAUST series on television. Now (May 2011), there are 75 museums and monuments worldwide containing the word „Holocaust”:
As of June 2017, the ASSOCIATION OF HOLOCAUST ORGANIZATIONS Directory lists 198 institutions, the world over but mostly in the USA, promoting Holocaust studies:
Source: Amazon – Customer Review, May 1, 2018.
Published with the author’s permission.