The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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The paths marked out by Rassinier are faithfully followed by his imitators who constantly refer to the master, citing him as a "classic" who has "definitively" demonstrated this or that. More and more often, the pupils go beyond the master. For example, if Rassinier ends up by admitting that there perhaps existed gas chambers for industrial purposes in certain concentration camps, and that perhaps some rare mad SS had used them to kill Jews, a certain F.J. Scheidel (47), J.G. Burg (7), E. Aretz (3), Thies Christophersen (9), R. Harwood (23), A.R. Butz (8) affirm quite simply that the gas chambers are a calumny. In the same way, whereas Rassinier claims that the number of Jewish victims of the "final solution" was a minimum of 500,000 and a maximum of 1,500,000, Butz (8) affirms that it did not exceed a million; and Harwood (23) writes that it must "be in the order of size of thousands and not millions." Schlegel (48) finds "at the maximum" three to four hundred thousand, M. Roeder (44) two hundred thousand including natural deaths. Finally, for a certain R. Faurisson, everything is crystal clear: "The time is ripe," it is the "imposture of genocide" (21).

My remarks are not at all addressed to the fanatical authors and propagandists of the pro Nazi campaign, for there is no hope of persuading them of anything whatever. Their unique concern is to rehabilitate the Nazi regime at all costs and to cleanse of all smears the "German honour;" identified with that of National Socialism and its worst servants. Their production does not stem from an historical school but from a vulgar political propaganda from the school of Goebbels where all the means of attaining the purpose designated in advance are good and recommended.

On the contrary, my observations are addressed to men and women who are quite sincere but who ignore the real facts and who, for, this reason, risk lending an ear to the disparagements and unfounded afffrmations of the apologists of Nazism.

My account will be limited to the two essential problems designated above: the use of gas chambers with a view to the massacre of the Jews, and the number of victims.
    
   

 
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