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Eric Hunt recants, 2017 - Timeline

Postby EtienneSC » 2 days 4 hours ago (Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:15 am)

I would like to discuss here the timeline of Eric Hunt's apparently sudden change of mind on holocaust revisionism. As I have already noted, people are discussing Eric Hunt's wide ranging article (of January 2017) on a single thread. Hence it might help to look at specific aspect of the 14,000 word essay separately. It seems to me to be a valuable essay, as it is rare to have the virtually unanimous academic view defended against revisionist criticisms.

The Essay
Eric Hunt's original article ("The End of the Line") is here:
http://questioningtheholocaust.com/index.php/2017/01/27/the-end-of-the-line/
There is an archived copy here:
http://archive.is/DoGTn
The essay covers both points of fact and more general evaluative issues, including principally:
- Auschwitz (various points)
- Treblinka (ground surveys, photographs, early Polish investigations, the absence of positive evidence for the "transit camp" hypothesis)
- The Babi Yar massacre
- The character of several revisionists
- Revisionist methods
- The Persuasiveness of Revisionism to the general public and its practical relation to nascent nationalist Movements

People may wish to open separate threads on some of the above. Here I discuss the timeline of events.

Timeline

One thing I find puzzling is the speed of events. I have followed Eric Hunt's work for some years and the following is a rough timeline:

2008 - Eric Hunt (EH) is put on trial in San Fransisco for accosting holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in uncertain circumstances in February 2007. Hunt was 24 at the time. In mitigation, his lawyer says that his client is not a holocaust denier and suffers from "bipolar disorder":
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Jury-convicts-man-in-attack-on-Elie-Wiesel-3276032.php
2011 - EH creates the internet video Last Days of the Big Lie, criticizing Steven Spielberg's film The Last Days on the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in the Summer of 1944. The film shows a high level of critical intelligence, with radical right wing sympathies manifested by the approving quote from Hitler at the end. It emerges that he has studied film to degree level. He is denied access to a holocaust film archive in the USA.
2012-15 - Several other internet videos followed with revisionist content, including The Jewish Gas Chamber Hoax (2014) The Treblinka Archaeology Hoax (2014) and The Maijdanek Gas Chamber Myth (2014). These include original footage filmed on site in Eastern Europe. It appears that he began to work more closely with Germar Rudolf and CODOH around this time.
2016 - Early in the year, several CODOH videos appear based on recent Holocaust Handbook publications. Some of this material is narrated by EH.
June 2016 - Eric Hunt contributes an essay on the history of Krema I at Auschwitz to Rudolf & Mattogno's book Curated Lies (2016).
September 2016 - To coincide with the mainstream film Denial on the Lipstadt/Irving trial in London in 2000, EH releases the video Why We Believed Part 1. This features criticisms of historian of World War 2 Steven Ambrose, Auschwitz eye-witness Gina Turgel and a critique of the use of film of the aftermath of the allied bombing raid of Nordhausen as imagery of the holocaust. The related website http://www.questioningtheholocaust.com promises a Part 2 when funding is available.
December 2016 - January 2017 - The website states that Part 2 will not be issued until funding is received and has a page on how to donate. I checked this around this time when I became aware of the impending release of Denial in the UK on 27 January 2017 (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
27 January 2017 - Eric publishes his essay to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. In this, he renounces his videos, though adding that they contain material with which he still agrees, and endorses much of the non-revisionist account of homicidal gassing at Auschwitz (Kremas II-V), Treblinka and mass shooting at Babi Yar ravine near Kiev. It seems mot to be noticed until mid-February.

Questions arising

The combination of the wide-ranging nature of the recantation and its speed seems remarkable. Hunt has indicated on questioningtheholocaust.com that he will write more on this. According to opinions expressed publicly by two people who claim to know him, the change is genuine with any pressure being merely personal or emotional. I find myself thinking:

1. It is not credible that someone could rethink so many subjects in a period of weeks or days to any effect. He must therefore have been living a double life for some time. Is this then simply a kind of gestalt shift in his thinking that he has dressed up with plausible evidence at short notice?
2. His essay also reads as though someone behind the scenes has re-expressed what remains of the official political-academic-museum narrative in a more persuasive way than usual to him and Eric Hunt has then embellished it with his own thoughts. Is there some behind the scenes influence from some authority figure at work?
3. He concludes the essay with a series of reflections about the future of nationalist politics and school education in the USA. This reduces the significance of revisionism to a matter of political tactics and popular culture. Whilst it is a politicized area of study, I think this is a mistake. There is an overriding obligation on investigators to pass on accurate ideas of human nature to future generations. This passing on involves evaluation of testimony as part of the study of history. I wonder if the political turn is not some kind of result of euphoria over the election of Trump in the USA?
4. There are some hints that some in the American administration and elsewhere are influenced by revisionism. For example, there was the refusal to mention the Jews in the Trump administration statement on Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2017 and the absence of a public statement by Pope Francis on his visit to Auschwitz this year. Eric Hunt has become a public face of revisionism thanks to the video format he adopts. Has he been the target of some attempt to influence his thinking following his public dismissal of official historian Steven Ambrose last year?

Obviously I cannot answer these questions, but hopefully some version of them can be put to Eric Hunt in any debate that emerges.



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Re: Eric Hunt recants, 2017 - Timeline

Postby katana » 1 day 22 hours ago (Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:47 am)

Good useful summary there EitienneSC.

I've kind of answered the gist of your questions in the main thread, here:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10950&start=105#p82242
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Re: Eric Hunt recants, 2017 - Timeline

Postby hermod » 1 day 21 hours ago (Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:05 pm)

EtienneSC wrote:3. He concludes the essay with a series of reflections about the future of nationalist politics and school education in the USA. This reduces the significance of revisionism to a matter of political tactics and popular culture. Whilst it is a politicized area of study, I think this is a mistake. There is an overriding obligation on investigators to pass on accurate ideas of human nature to future generations. This passing on involves evaluation of testimony as part of the study of history. I wonder if the political turn is not some kind of result of euphoria over the election of Trump in the USA?


Sounds like Mark Weber's recantation because Holocaust revisionism is useless to fight against Zionism and its matrix of power and influence in the Western world, Weber explained. Prior to that statement, I didn't even know that the IHR was supposed to fight against Zionism.
"But, however the world pretends to divide itself, there are ony two divisions in the world to-day - human beings and Germans. – Rudyard Kipling, The Morning Post (London), June 22, 1915


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