Jan 042012
 

From Engage Online:

After many years as professor of Yiddish and Judaic Studies at Vilnius University, Lithuania, and research director of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Professor Dovid Katz felt he could not remain silent at the growing campaign in the Baltic region of what he calls “Holocaust Obfuscation”, the attempt to potentially write the Holocaust out of European history without necessarily denying a single death, but by rewriting twentieth century East European history as “two equal genocides” (Nazi and Soviet, or in its antisemitic versions, Soviet-Jewish). Things escalated in the Lithuanian capital in recent years when prosecutors and police began harassing aged Holocaust survivors who survived by joining the anti-Nazi resistance with “war crimes investigations”.

The website, which is openly partisan, seeks, in Dovid Katz’s own words, to introduce a Second Opinion into the debate and in time to chronicle the history of the Holocaust on a search-by-location basis in the Baltic States. The site opposes the 2008 Prague Declaration and associated resolutions, and also has a page dedicated to antisemitism in Lithuania in recent years. It also provides links to dozens of media items from recent times, including the explosive UK Tory EuroParliament alliance with various far-right parties in Eastern Europe.

www.holocaustinthebaltics.com

 

Read the full post here: The new HOLOCAUST IN THE BALTICS website

Jan 042012
 

By Yossi Melman

According to the Estonian president’s distorted logic, the Jewish victims who were murdered by the Estonians during the Holocaust, and the Estonian hangmen who annihilated the Jews, are “partners.”

 

It’s not a good idea to mention a noose in the home of a hanged man. But Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia who visited Israel this week, has the chutzpah to openly say explicit and distorted things, even at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. The two nations, the Jews and the Estonians, so he said, “are partners to the same historical experience.”

According to the Estonian president’s distorted logic, the Jewish victims who were murdered by the Estonians during the Holocaust, and the Estonian hangmen who annihilated the Jews, are “partners.” In that same speech, the guest made no mention of the Holocaust, not even one word, nor of the fate of Estonia’s 4,500 Jews during World War II.

Source: Ha’aretz. Read the entire article here: The Holocaust distorter from Estonia

Jan 042012
 

By Timothy Snyder

Who was worse, Hitler or Stalin?

In the second half of the twentieth century, Americans were taught to see both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union as the greatest of evils. Hitler was worse, because his regime propagated the unprecedented horror of the Holocaust, the attempt to eradicate an entire people on racial grounds. Yet Stalin was also worse, because his regime killed far, far more people, tens of millions it was often claimed, in the endless wastes of the Gulag. For decades, and even today, this confidence about the difference between the two regimes—quality versus quantity—has set the ground rules for the politics of memory. Even historians of the Holocaust generally take for granted that Stalin killed more people than Hitler, thus placing themselves under greater pressure to stress the special character of the Holocaust, since this is what made the Nazi regime worse than the Stalinist one.

Source: New York Review of Books. To read the whole article, go here: Hitler vs. Stalin: Who Killed More?

Jan 042012
 

By Toby Axelrod

 

Boris Burle of the Veterans Union of World War II Fighters Against Nazism examines an Estonian ultranationalist calendar at a Berlin conference on Holocaust revisionism in the former Soviet Union, Dec. 16, 2009. (Toby Axelrod)

BERLIN (JTA) — Was the Soviet Union a force for good or ill during the Nazi years?

That question is at the core of a controversy between and among some Jewish groups and former Soviet republics over the issue of Holocaust revisionism, and it erupted last week at a conference in Berlin organized by the World Congress of Russian-Speaking Jews on “The Legacy of World War II and the Holocaust.”

Some former Soviet republics view Stalin’s Soviet regime as evil and laud those who fought it as nationalist heroes. The problem, many Jewish groups say, is that some of those nationalists were Nazi collaborators and vicious anti-Semites.

Source: JTA. Read the entire article here: Controversy erupts over Holocaust revisionism in E. Europe

Jan 042012
 

Clemens Heni, Ph.D., Berlin, scholar and author, former Post-Doc at Yale (09/2009-08/2009)

We are facing two big antisemitic movements today: first the Iranian threat against Israel and the Jews in particular, Muslim or Islamic antisemitism in general. Second we are facing a distortion of history, especially in Eastern Europe, Europe as a whole, and  America and the Western world alike: trivialization or soft-core denial of the Holocaust.

Last year I spoke at the third International Conference on Antisemitism at the University of West Bohemia in the city of Plzen, Czech Republic, about secondary antisemitism and soft-core denial of the Holocaust. I would like to continue this analysis. One of my examples was German philosopher Martin Heidegger who in 1949 compared “gas chambers” with “motorized agriculture.“ I call this the universalization of the Holocaust and the denial of the unprecedented crimes of the Shoah, a “soft-core Holocaust denial” (in contrast to hard-core Neo-Nazi or Iranian, Muslim and Arab style Holocaust denial).[ii] Did anyone hear about the “Kaunas declaration of rewriting history by trivializing the Holocaust”? Probably not. Such a declaration does not exist. Lithuanian politicians, scholars and activists are a bit more tricky, or sophisticated. They convinced a number of people from around the world by hosting them during nice “remembrance” events in Lithuania, by organizing symposia, conferences, declarations, working groups etc. to join them in trivializing the Holocaust by framing this process as  a study of totally “equal” totalitarian regimes, or, as it has been called for short by critics, “red equals brown.”[iii]

The most recent attempt to distort history and to trivialize the Holocaust is the Prague Declaration. Huge efforts, particularly by Lithuanian politicians, activists and scholars and their Western friends have been made to promote this form of “secondary antisemitism”, a rejection of remembrance of the Shoah AS unprecedented crimes against humanity.

Source: the blog of Clemens Heni. Read the whole article here: The Prague Declaration, Holocaust Obfuscation and Antisemitism

Jan 042012
 

By YEHUDA BAUER

Despite the disproportionately large number of Jewish victims of Stalinism, neither can one talk of a genocide of the Jews at Soviet hands.

Tomorrow many countries will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the UN in 2005. Yet at the same time, there is a movement afoot to proclaim another day to commemorate the victims of the Nazis – but in this new movement to commemorate them along with the victims of Stalinism. There is ground for deep concern about repeated attempts to equate the Nazi regime’s genocidal policies, with the Holocaust at their center, with other murderous or oppressive actions, an equation that not only trivializes and relativizes the genocide of the Jews perpetrated by the Nazi regime, but is also a mendacious revision of recent world history.

Source: Jerusalem Post. Read the rest here: Remembering accurately on Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day