Pia Kahn wrote:In my mind, this does not entail that no jews died in WW2.
I know that you don't interpret the term "Holocaust denial" in that way... But that is irrelevant when you are conversing with a person who does not understand this term's fallacious and deceptive nature.
I could have phrased my post a bit better as I had just woken up, but this is something I have brought up before, here: The power of the "Denier" label and people's confusion about the "Holocaust" / debate strategies?viewtopic.php?t=12923
In my view, the #1 problem/obstacle faced by so-called "Deniers" of the "Holocaust" is the "Holocaust denier/denial" slur.
People are quick to categorize strangers with groups and labels, especially strangers they ideologically disagree with.
And now the victim of this tactic is put on the defensive, having to correct his accuser on something that he never claimed or insinuated.
The "Racist" smear acts in much of the same way. If someone says that they believe there is a genetic component to ethnic/racial group differences in cognitive ability, they will be immediately labelled a "racist!"
As a result, they have now become part of this ideological cult of "hate" - comprised of everyone else that has ever committed a "racism" as well (without groveling & begging for forgiveness).
And because some "racists" of the past practiced lynchings, or committed mass shootings, or held Black slaves, etc centuries ago, then modern "racists" must also want to do these things; or at the very least approve of/justify them.
You may be thinking "But that doesn't make any logical sense!" And you're right: logically it makes absolutely no sense. But according to the "Experts": Anyone denying that that Hitler gassed Jews ("Holocaust deniers") just believe that because they want to gas Jews themselves!