In my gallery of democide photos
I have removed one photo allegedly of a Nazi soldier shooting a woman
I replaced it with the explanation that there is too much doubt about
its authenticity. I referred to http://www.codoh.info/daspiktur.html
photograph's evaluation, which was brought to my attention about two years
ago. But, I thought the evaluation was weak and continued to display
the photography on my site. However, the following email from Hugo
Haig-Thomas finally decided me to withdraw it:The picture . . . allegedly shows a German soldier in the Second World
War shooting a woman and her child. In fact, the picture, when seen
in its entirety, shows nothing of the sort . . . . To the right of
the picture you will see a group of men who are taking cover behind
what appears to be some farm machinery from shooting or some danger
coming from the right. The woman with the child is running forward to
join the men taking cover. The soldier is, in fact, firing beyond the
woman in the direction of the danger. There is also doubt that he is
a German soldier because his uniform is quite wrong. The soldier in
the photograph wears boots or puttees which come up almost to his
knees whereas German soldiers wore boots which came only halfway up
their calves. What is more, the soldier in the photograph is wearing
wide breeches-type trousers which the German soldiers never wore in
The picture, or at least the left half of it with the right half
removed, has been much used to depict a German atrocity. In fact, it
shows nothing of the kind.
Now, since I announced this removal of the photograph, I received
this email:. . . do you realize that the information on
the inauthenticity of that photography, or at least the page that
you're linking to, is from a Nazi sympathizing organization who's
whole purpose is to have "debate" over the very reality of the
Holocaust? In other words, you seem to be taking the word of
Holocaust deniers. Right on the page they thank someone from the
"Institute for Historical Review", also another notorious Nazi front
If there is another, more legitimate source, to show the
inauthenticity of this photography, I'd like to see it, and I'm sure
everyone else will too.
If you think "Holocaust revisionism" has any legitimacy at all,
please post about this immediately. I'm sure it would make extremely
interesting reading. Even If you don't, I'd still love to hear your
views on revisionism.
As I said, years ago I did not find the webpage sufficiently
compelling by itself to remove the photograph, but in any case I was
unaware of the association of the web page evaluating the photograph
with Holocaust revisionism. I've written a book, Democide: Nazi
Genocide and Mass Murder, which should leave no doubt about my
position on the Holocaust, and absolute opposition to revisionism. I
would hate to have revisionists exploit my dedication to the truth by
simply raising questions about Holocaust photographs. But,
propagandists were active all sides during WWII and one must be aware
Can anyone provide support for the photograph's authenticity? What
about Haig-Thomas' comments?
Note the not so subtil 'heresy accusation':
If you think "Holocaust revisionism" has any legitimacy at all, please post about this immediately. I'm sure it would make extremely
interesting reading. Even If you don't, I'd still love to hear your views on revisionism.
He got a few replies. Here:
From: Steve Paulsson <gspaulsson>
Look at codoh's "uncropped picture", and it shows clear signs of having
been digitally manipulated. All the figures seem to have been cut and
pasted in (if you zoom in, you can see an area around them enclosed in
rectangular straight-line cuts, with a background that doesn't match the
surrounding area). There is also a blurry area down the middle that
suggests two images having been digitally joined, with the join smudged
so it doesn't show.
I would ignore these people. Their epistemology and ethics are purely
teleological, and their telos is one to which few of us would subscribe.
I had originally put it in plainer English - they are ***** and ******** -
but decorum must apparently be maintained.
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies University of Toronto
And here: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-Holocaust&month=0601&week=d&msg=gmm7MvwfsskaO%2binSL0Dqg&user=&pw=
Strangely, the last link asks:
Under the picture, in tiny black type on the dark grey background, it
says "Credit: Jerzy Tomaszewski, Poland". A google search on his name
According to the article, as of last September, he was alive and well in
Warsaw. Is it possible that someone on this list could contact him and
verify the authenticity of the photo?
This photo appears in the USHMM and it looks like the Professors are only now wondering if it has been authenticated.