Breker wrote:"There can be no debate with Holocaust deniers."
To be blunt, that's because they have and will continue to lose that debate. We rather think they know it.
JLAD PMW, certainly, the very purpose of the continuing, on going study of history is to revise. That's what historians do.
All users are expected to behave with courtesy and politeness at all times. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, or any other forms of bigotry. This includes Holocaust denialism. Nor will we accept personal insults of any kind."
All of that while they accept an easily refuted narrative that is in itself hateful, bigoted, and insulting to Germans and gentiles in general.
And as Hannover basically said: 'Why do Jews & others want 6,000,000 Jews to be dead? Revisionists bring good news. 6,000,000 Jews were NOT murdered. There should be elation, not censorship and a ban on free speech.'
I recently created an account on this website, with this as my question,
How is Holocaust Denial Defined?
Specifically, what is the definition of Holocuast Denial? I understand that the rules forbid the denial of the Holocuast, but how is denial of the Holocaust defined?
This is my repsonse from Eml11, who is a moderator.
Hi! As this question pertains to basic, underlying facts of the Holocaust, I hope you can appreciate that it can be a fraught subject to deal with. While we want people to get the answers they are looking for, we also remain very conscious that threads of this nature can attract the very wrong kind of response. As such, this message is not intended to provide you with all of the answers, but simply to address some of the basic facts, as well as Holocaust Denial, and provide a short list of introductory reading. There is always more than can be said, but we hope this is a good starting point for you.
What Was the Holocaust?
The Holocaust refers the genocidal deaths of 5-6 million European Jews carried out systematically by Nazi Germany as part of targeted policies of persecution and extermination during World War II. Some historians will also include the deaths of the Roma, Communists, Mentally Disabled, and other groups targeted by Nazi policies, which brings the total number of deaths to ~11 million. Debates about whether or not the Holocaust includes these deaths or not is a matter of definitions, but in no way a reflection on dispute that they occurred.
But This Guy Says Otherwise!
Unfortunately, there is a small, but at times vocal, minority of persons who fall into the category of Holocaust Denial, attempting to minimize the deaths by orders of magnitude, impugn well proven facts, or even claim that the Holocaust is entirely a fabrication and never happened. Although they often self-style themselves as "Revisionists", they are not correctly described by the title. While revisionism is not inherently a dirty word, actual revision, to quote Michael Shermer, "entails refinement of detailed knowledge about events, rarely complete denial of the events themselves, and certainly not denial of the cumulation of events known as the Holocaust."
It is absolutely true that were you to read a book written in 1950 or so, you would find information which any decent scholar today might reject, and that is the result of good revisionism. But these changes, which even can be quite large, such as the reassessment of deaths at Auschwitz from ~4 million to ~1 million, are done within the bounds of respected, academic study, and reflect decades of work that builds upon the work of previous scholars, and certainly does not willfully disregard documented evidence and recollections. There are still plenty of questions within Holocaust Studies that are debated by scholars, and there may still be more out there for us to discover, and revise, but when it comes to the basic facts, there is simply no valid argument against them.
So What Are the Basics?
Beginning with their rise to power in the 1930s, the Nazi Party, headed by Adolf Hitler, implemented a series of anti-Jewish policies within Germany, marginalizing Jews within society more and more, stripping them of their wealth, livelihoods, and their dignity. With the invasion of Poland in 1939, the number of Jews under Nazi control reached into the millions, and this number would again increase with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Shortly after the invasion of Poland, the Germans started to confine the Jewish population into squalid ghettos. After several plans on how to rid Europe of the Jews that all proved unfeasible, by the time of the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, ideological (Antisemitism) and pragmatic (Resources) considerations lead to mass-killings becoming the only viable option in the minds of the Nazi leadership. First only practiced in the USSR, it was influential groups such as the SS and the administration of the General Government that pushed to expand the killing operations to all of Europe and sometime at the end of 1941 met with Hitler’s approval.
The early killings were carried out foremost by the Einsatzgruppen, paramilitary groups organized under the aegis of the SS and tasked with carrying out the mass killings of Jews, Communists, and other 'undesirable elements' in the wake of the German military's advance. In what is often termed the 'Holocaust by Bullet', the Einsatzgruppen, with the assistance of the Wehrmacht, the SD, the Security Police, as well as local collaborators, would kill roughly two million persons, over half of them Jews. Most killings were carried out with mass shootings, but other methods such as gas vans - intended to spare the killers the trauma of shooting so many persons day after day - were utilized too.
By early 1942, the "Final Solution" to the so-called "Jewish Question" was essentially finalized at the Wannsee Conference under the direction of Reinhard Heydrich, where the plan to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe using a series of extermination camps set up in occupied Poland was presented and met with approval.
Construction of extermination camps had already begun the previous fall, and mass extermination, mostly as part of 'Operation Reinhard', had began operation by spring of 1942. Roughly 2 million persons, nearly all Jewish men, women, and children, were immediately gassed upon arrival at Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka over the next two years, when these "Reinhard" camps were closed and razed. More victims would meet their fate in additional extermination camps such as Chełmno, but most infamously at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where slightly over 1 million persons, mostly Jews, died. Under the plan set forth at Wannsee, exterminations were hardly limited to the Jews of Poland, but rather Jews from all over Europe were rounded up and sent east by rail like cattle to the slaughter. Although the victims of the Reinhard Camps were originally buried, they would later be exhumed and cremated, and cremation of the victims was normal procedure at later camps such as Auschwitz.
There were two main types of camps run by Nazi Germany, which is sometimes a source of confusion. Concentration Camps were well known means of extrajudicial control implemented by the Nazis shortly after taking power, beginning with the construction of Dachau in 1933. Political opponents of all type, not just Jews, could find themselves imprisoned in these camps during the pre-war years, and while conditions were often brutal and squalid, and numerous deaths did occur from mistreatment, they were not usually a death sentence and the population fluctuated greatly. Although Concentration Camps were later made part of the 'Final Solution', their purpose was not as immediate extermination centers. Some were 'way stations', and others were work camps, where Germany intended to eke out every last bit of productivity from them through what was known as "extermination through labor". Jews and other undesirable elements, if deemed healthy enough to work, could find themselves spared for a time and "allowed" to toil away like slaves until their usefulness was at an end.
Although some Concentration Camps, such as Mauthausen, did include small gas chambers, mass gassing was not the primary purpose of the camp. Many camps, becoming extremely overcrowded, nevertheless resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of inhabitants due to the outbreak of diseases such as typhus, or starvation, all of which the camp administrations did little to prevent. Bergen-Belsen, which was not a work camp but rather served as something of a way station for prisoners of the camp systems being moved about, is perhaps one of the most infamous of camps on this count, saw some 50,000 deaths caused by the conditions. Often located in the Reich, camps liberated by the Western forces were exclusively Concentration Camps, and many survivor testimonies come from these camps.
The Concentration Camps are contrasted with the Extermination Camps, which were purpose built for mass killing, with large gas chambers and later on, crematoria, but little or no facilities for inmates. Often they were disguised with false facades to lull the new arrivals into a false sense of security, even though rumors were of course rife for the fate that awaited the deportees. Almost all arrivals were killed upon arrival at these camps, and in many cases the number of survivors numbered in the single digits, such as at Bełżec, where only seven Jews, forced to assist in operation of the camp, were alive after the war.
Several camps, however, were 'Hybrids' of both types, the most famous being Auschwitz, which was a vast complex of subcamps. The infamous 'selection' of prisoners, conducted by SS doctors upon arrival, meant life or death, with those deemed unsuited for labor immediately gassed and the more healthy and robust given at least temporary reprieve. The death count at Auschwitz numbered around 1 million, but it is also the source of many survivor testimonies.
How Do We Know?
Running through the evidence piece by piece would take more space than we have here, but suffice to say, there is a lot of evidence, and not just the (mountains of) survivor testimony. We have testimonies and writings from many who participated, as well German documentation of the programs. This site catalogs some of the evidence we have for mass extermination as it relates to Auschwitz. I'll end this with a short list of excellent works that should help to introduce you to various aspects of Holocaust study.
"Third Reich Trilogy" by Richard Evans'
"Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution" by Ian Kershaw
"Auschwitz: A New History" by Laurence Rees
"Ordinary Men" by Christopher Browning
"Denying the Holocaust" by Deborah E. Lipstadt
So just more holohoaxing and ZERO address to actual revisionist arguments.
I understand what you are saying. Getting back to my main point, what specific arguments of Holocaust Deniers are not allowed? Also, does Holocaust Denial fall under
c. All other forms of bigotry
d. All of the above
And in what way does it perfrom fall under one of these 4 categories?
Georgy_K_Zhukov, a Moderator, thus replied
Getting back to my main point, what specific arguments of Holocaust Deniers are not allowed?
All of them.
And in what way does it perfrom fall under one of these 4 categories?
By definition it is saying that there is a massive conspiracy by the Jews to create this hoax, which involves the manufacture of mountains of evidence and the lying testimony of thousands upon thousands of survivors. Denial is anti-Semitism; it is racist and bigoted.
Alright. Holocaust deniers claim to support free and open debate. Do you view this as an accurate part of their movement? NOTE: Supporting free and open debate on a topic doesn't prove legitimacy, it merely proves that one wishes to test their sincerely held beliefs, no matter the topic.
And surprise, surprise, I have been banned, even without denying the holocau$t, mentioning revisionist arguments, and using words like "Holocaust Revisionist".
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Equating the spreading of hateful anti-Semitic conspiracy theories with the goal of rehabilitating the ideology of Nazism with 'the pursuit of free and open debate' is absurd, while unsurprising and a frequent tactic of Holocaust Deniers 'Just Asking Questions.' We will not provide a platform for JAQers, and as a result you have been banned.
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They were referring to the last comment I made.
I sent to the moderators
I wasn't spreading anti-semetism/Nazism, I was only asking if free and open debate was a part of their movement. That's all.
The moderator then replied
Definitely not all. Your little Socratic schtick and 0-day account ticks most of the JAQoff boxes that we look out for. We were willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but the pattern is pretty clear at this point. No need to contact us further.
This is how they operate folks. They come here, we debate them. We go there, they muzzle and censor us. They can accurately be defined as being the clergy of the Holocaust religion, which blocks opinions that blaspheme their faith. Also, they call us "JAQers", which stands for Just Asking Questions". They sure are zealous in their Holocausting!