Holohoax Part III: “Historical review”
When I first became fascinated by this world, it was 2002 and the world was a different place, the internet wasn’t used like it is now and facts weren’t as open to distortion on a global scale so quickly.
So back then, Holocaust deniers or ‘revisionists’ (as they prefer to be called) came in the form of organisations like the Institute for Historical Review. Such an official, academic title (and their accompanying ‘journal’) makes their work sound legitimate, peer-reviewed and true to history — after all, it’s only ‘review’ right? (Worthy of a .org domain)
That was just pure anti-semitism, though, not political. Most of their site visits come from Western countries, probably from the far-right. This sort of denial comes from the Fred Leuchters and David Irvings of the world.
Then the internet came along, took a fringe movement and made it normal:
So normal that David Irving, one of the world’s most popular Holocaust ‘revisionists’ became the foremost authority on the genocide, according to Google.
But then the as the intifada began, the internet fanned the flames, providing a new audience for Holocaust denial in the form of political Islam. Firstly from Iran, under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, who convened the first conference entitled, Review of the holocaust.
Ahmadinejad, who says that Holocaust denial was his major achievement as premier, left office in 2013, paved way for Iran’s “Supreme Leader” to state his case in no uncertain terms…
…culminating in denial becoming key a policy of the Palestinian Authority and a key tool for other anti-Israel administrations.
Their motive’s aren’t too perplexing. Israel was built from the ashes of the holocaust, without that, Israel seems to have no right to exist.
According to its enemies, without the ‘six million’ or the systematic slaughter or the gas chamber narrative being completely in tact, Israel’s founding premise isn’t just called into question, it’s a complete lie.
Normalising denial means that Israel’s opponents can use the Holocaust against them, dismantling the state and threatening to finish the job that Hitler couldn’t.
And if that’s not enough salt to rub in the wounds, Iran also run a ‘Holocaust cartoon competition’, featuring cartoons that depict a revisionist narrative and, at the same time turn the ‘non-event’ on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.
But this is headline grabbing politics, right? It seems there are consequences.
According to the Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 report, only 54% of the world’s population has heard of the Holocaust, and only 33% of people are aware of the events and believe them to be accurately described by history.
It’s mainly young Muslims and Hindus who haven’t heard of the Holocaust…
But most worryingly, of those who believe the facts have been distorted, it’s predominantly young people who lead the category — with complete denial (‘the Holocaust is a myth’) surfacing almost exclusively in this demographic.
Without doubt, there are huge political consequences that arise from this, and look how it filters down, through Twitter and social media…
We’re about to have a battle with ‘fake news’ because the internet is better than that. We need to fight back on the Holocaust narrative too.
The number of Holocaust survivors still alive to tell their tale is tiny and dwindling. Video testimony can’t do the same job.
Denial isn’t about pamphlets or parlour meetings, it’s now about pay per click ads, SEO, Twitter and Facebook. It’s not about convincing people one by one, it’s about flooding the web’s perception of the Holocaust with so many tiny doubts, that it becomes, in Kahmenei’s own words, an event whose reality is uncertain.
It’s not just about preserving the memory of those who died — there is something much more sinister that we have react against.
If we let the ‘revisionism’ go unchallenged, if the Western world stands by while denial of one of humanity’s worst atrocities becomes institutionalised and commonplace and then used against its victims once again, then in 70 years we have achieved nothing.
Yehi zicrhonom bracha — may their memories be a blessing.