The Cult of Death
by Michael Collins Piper
. .Every schoolchild has been instructed time
and again that "Six Million Jews were gassed by Adolf Hitler."
Every schoolchild "knows" that the Germans turned the
bodies of dead Jews into soap. Every schoolchild has heard about
the lampshades made out of human skin. Every schoolchild ... The
list goes on and on.
. . .Yet, as Hans Schmidt, one of the
most respected researchers into the truth about the Holocaust has
pointed out, if you ask an American schoolboy how many American
soldiers died fighting in World War II, he won't be able to answer
the question. "Why?" asks Schmidt. (The number of Americans
who died in World War II, by the way, is 407,316. An additional
786,301 were wounded – including this author's own father
– but survived.)
. . .The Holocaust – however
defined – and the remarkable legends which surround that period
in history have become an enduring part of the public consciousness
as a result – largely – of the constant media focus
on the subject. Yet, a number of very real holocausts – including
several substantially larger than the Holocaust which is said to
have happened to the Jews during World War II – are virtually
unknown and certainly ignored.
. . .How many Americans know that a
minimum of some 70 million people – probably many more –
died during Communist rule in the U.S.S.R? Or that 63 million Chinese
died under communist rule?
. . .What about the massive and ongoing
genocide in Africa by a series of tinhorn dictators who have ruled
over the beleaguered nations on that continent since the end of
the colonial period?
. . .What about the 200,000 German
civilians who were killed during the Allied firebombing of Dresden
during World War II?
. . .Or, as Black historians are now
asking, what about the holocaust of millions of Blacks who died
en route to America during the slave trade and under slavery?
. . .All of these "holocausts"
really happened, but knowledge of their place in history is scant,
at best. And, ironically, the list appearing here is by no means
. . .The alleged mass extermination
of the Jewish people has taken on a life of its own and has also,
in its own way, become a focal point – the defining factor
– in the rich history of the Jewish people, much to the distress
of many Jews in particular who are concerned that their own heritage
and accomplishments have been lost in the shuffle.
. . ."The centrality of the Holocaust
for American Jews," wrote one Jewish dissenter, Leon Wieseltier,
"amounts virtually to a cult of death ... How many American
Jews," he asks, "know anything about the Jewish medieval
poets, the wealth of the culture, the Jewish philosophers?" 1
. . ."The Holocaust" has
also been the linchpin upon which the powerful Israeli lobby in
the United States has brow-beaten Congress into soaking the American
taxpayers for U.S. foreign aid giveaways to Israel, not to mention
requiring unswerving congressional support for any and all actions
by the state of Israel.
. . .The direct result of this, of
course, has been that virtually the entire Arab world – and,
indeed, the entire Islamic world – is now steadfastly allied
against the United States, putting Americans at risk wherever they
go throughout the world – not to mention their risk to being
victims of terrorism at home. This all a consequence of the focus
on the Holocaust.
. . .Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, an American
Jewish historian who was perhaps the earliest
1 Quoted in the Washington
Post Book World, April 22, 1990.
prominent critic of America's biased U.S. Middle East policy, has
scored what he has called "Holocaustomania" on the part
of those exploiting the Holocaust as a political tool to advance
Israel's demands upon the taxpayers. The Holocaust, he says, "is
a cult, and the reigning cult" (1) among those obsessed with Israel.
. . .When Congress was debating an
arms sale to Saudi Arabia, the Israeli lobby flooded Capitol Hill
with copies of a fiction book entitled "Holocaust," based
on a much-ballyhooed television presentation by the same name. The
point being made was that "another Holocaust" could happen
– this time in the Middle East – if Israel's perceived
enemies received U.S. arms.
. . .It was perhaps inevitable that
the repeated re-telling of the events of the Holocaust would invite
inquiry – inquiry into the specific details of the specific
stories that had been told time and again. And as time passed, the
old adage that "truth will out" proved correct. Much of
what had been said about the Holocaust proved simply not true.
. . .Over a period of years, a small
but growing group of intrepid researchers and historians from around
the world began delving into the legends of the Holocaust and publishing
their findings, much to the dismay of those who had so much to gain
– and who did indeed gain – from their exploitation
of the Holocaust.
. . .The driving force behind the research
into the real facts – not the legends – about the Holocaust
was the Institute for Historical Review, the IHR. It was the IHR
that emerged as the driving force behind this new endeavor by serious
historians to bring the historical record into accord with the facts.
. . .The IHR agreed with the thinking
of Yehuda Bauer, the scholar of Holocaust studies at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem: according to Bauer, "It's the historian's
task to examine myths," (2) and, if necessary, to explode them. Bauer himself upset many of
his fellow Israelis and Jews everywhere when he said that the number
of Jewish victims at Auschwitz was, in fact, far less than the officially
. . .Bringing the historical record
into accord with the facts could be an unpleasant task, as Bauer
found out. Many Holocaust survivors, it seemed, were incapable –
or unwilling – to accept the facts as the historians (such
as those the IHR) were uncovering them.
. . .It was one Holocaust survivor
in particular who made it his virtual life mission to extinguish
the work of the IHR and the very existence of the IHR itself. This
was Mel Mermelstein.
. . .Mermelstein, in his heyday, achieved
much fame and glory – and immense financial gain – from
his clever and calculating exploitation of his own experiences (and
non experiences, so to speak) during the Holocaust. He proclaimed
himself to be his own "best witness" as to what happened
during the Holocaust, but, as the IHR discovered, that was not the
case at all.
. . .That the American public is now
beginning to recognize, according to one controversial poll, that
the tales of the Holocaust are indeed a matter of controversy –
subject to question – is a tribute to the work of the IHR
and its associates in the historical revisionist movement. (3)
. . .This new skepticism, likewise,
is also a direct consequence of the false tale spinning and vainglorious
prevarication by people such as Mel Mermelstein, whom, the IHR had
concluded, was a demonstrable fraud.
. . .It is ironic, indeed, that one
such as Mermelstein – a man who placed the Holocaust as the
central defining experience in his own existence – would have
been the one person who, in his own fashion, helped bring about
the ultimate triumph of historical revisionism.
. . .This
volume is a history of the strange events that took place over a
twelve year period in which Mel Mermelstein sought, unsuccessfully,
to bring the Institute for Historical Review to its knees and deal
a mortal blow to Holocaust revisionism. It is a story that needs
to be told.
/ The Spotlight, August
2 / The New York
Times, November 12, 1989.
3 / A poll conducted on behalf
of the American Jewish Committee by the Roper Organization found
that 22 percent of the adult Americans surveyed in November of 1992
said that it was possible that Nazi Germany's extermination of the
Jews never took place. An additional 12 percent said that, frankly,
they did not know if it was possible or impossible that the extermination
of the Jews happened. The results were hailed by advocates of so-called
"Holocaust studies" that more such studies were needed
in the schools. Some, however, were upset by the findings and contended
that the poll was inaccurate and that the results inflated the influence
of Holocaust revisionism. (See Forward,
January 28, 1994). Whatever the case, as we shall see in the pages
of this volume, the growth of Holocaust revisionism did indeed spark
a widespread national and international campaign on the part of
those who sought to dispute the documented findings of those who
have disputed details of the Holocaust legend as it has been laid
forth in textbooks, official government reports, in the media and