Carlos and others ...How I came to be a denier....
"A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable." Karl Sagan
I thought I’d begin to answer your question with that nice little quote. It sums up rather nicely the thoughts of mine as one who lives in a country in which its citizens are lied to daily in the media and are prevented from questioning anything and everything about the holocaust under the threat of arrest for doing so.
I recall answering a question like this before on this site but I will attempt to do so without researching my first answer. I will be interesting to learn if I have changed my point of view from the last time.
The first time I ever heard of holocaust denial was either when James Keestra or Ernst Zundel, two Canadians, were mocked in the World press for denying the holocaust. I, of course, thought these two guys must just be publicity seekers or fools for no sane person could really, honestly doubt the holocaust. I had read the books, had seen the movies and had been to Dahau. What else was there to know?
Now, of course I would like to think that I had my suspicions about the holocaust for years and years and these suspicions motivated me to learn more and more about this great crime for I had read a great deal about the holocaust over the years. I would also like to think that I grew suspicious for example of how 2, 000 cremations per hour , as claimed by the myth makers, could take place without fuel for I knew human bodies do not burn, being made up mostly of water, and that each body would require several hundred pounds of fuel to be turned into dust (every barbequer should know this); that I questioned how this cremation could take place in camps with less than 50 crematoriums, for it takes at least an hour to cremate just one body and simple mathematics told me that at least 2, 000 crematoriums would be needed at this rate, not just 50; how a deadly gas, Zyklon B, that had approximately the same weight as air could have be released in the camp every hour without killing everyone in the camp including the guards; how the gas could possibly have been put into the gas chambers in the first place or how diesel engines, could kill with carbon dioxide, as claimed in “Treblinka”, because athough t’s a stinky gas it is not poisonous.
I should have questioned how 6 million Jews and others could have been so innocent, naïve and stupid to line up and wait around for hours to be shot by the tens of thousands as in the Babi Yar yarn or to be gassed every hour as in Auschwitz. I would like to think that I had more faith in the Jews than that. I now believe the myth of the holocasut is an insult to the tens of thousands of Jews and other who died of typhus in the camps. However the truth is that I did not become suspicious until much later in my life.
I had believed almost everything I had read by the mythmakers. I didn’t become I denier until I began to read some of their stuff and compare it with the myths. The deniers had science, mathematics, and logic on their side and explained things so well with no sign of hate. They made so much sense. On the other hand the mythmakers only had unbelievable stories, long sense discredited and they had no defence against the deniers other than the confessions of Eichmann and Hoess and other Nazis who somehow felt guilty about their crimes and confessed. The only thing the mythmakers could do to counter the arguments of the deniers was to call them anti -Semitic and I knew this not to be true.
The mythmakers also forced most countries in the world to create anti-thought laws about the holocaust and I knew this was not the behaviour of anyone seeking the truth. I no longer believed but it took me 30 years to get there.
You can fool too many of the people most of the time.