I have had occasional discussions with a close friend on Holocaust Revisionism. He has often seemed receptive, but never seems to quite get there.
One particular time, we got to talking about it and I thought I had nearly got him to come around to the light of clear thinking on this question -- rejection of the lies piled upon lies. Finally, though, he said that he believed in the Holocaust because of what an elderly Dutch man of his acquaintance, who had been living in Netherlands through the war, had told him
. He said he didn't think that man would lie.
I backed away a little, lest I insult the man's acquaintance and seem callous, "Oh, they're all just lying." It seems weak and rude, especially without knowing what the man was saying. Later on, I did say that while we should believe someone's own experiences, generally speaking, we should also keep a bigger picture in mind. There were definitely no alleged "extermination camps" in at least a 1,000 km radius of the Netherlands
, and not even orthodox 'court' historians say there were. How can this Dutch man's "eyewitness testimony" be even remotely believable as proof of the standard, Hollywood-enforced post-1970s Holocaust story? I don't think my argument convinced him. He remains at least half stuck in Holocaust fantasy land.
The elderly Dutch man, by the way, turned out to be in the area on the day of our discussion, and we ran across him as we went around that day. He chatted a few minutes. My friend casually brought up the war, and I think he even asked something like "Is it true what they say? About the Jews?" The man said "Oh, yes." He made a few remarks. He was talkative and friendly, and of the type that relishes such attention. His demeanor reminded me a little of a gentile Abraham Bomba, actually (one of the key eyewitnesses, as seen in One Third of the Holocuat
). And this, friends, is the key, isn't it. The Dutch man knows well that repeating lines of the "Hollywood" Holocaust story and vaguely claiming that he was there will get him attention, sympathy, even admiration from well-trained Americans, despite him having nothing in particular to say about it. He brought up some vague memories about seeing people arrested (a lot of that was going on, on all sides, through the 1940s. Millions of German men were kept prisoner for years after the war, for example).
I wonder what to do about such irrationality... This Dutch man's eyewitness testimony, so called, was literally worthless towards "proving the 'Hollywood' Holocaust story," but many people believe such testimony trumps scientific evidence and so on.