ASMarques wrote:Of course it was, given the (official) public domain.
But if one wishes to go into demographic questions, the material circulating within the public domain (in the sense of a ceremony held by the Pope) is not at all appropriate. One must there turn to the body of academic works, published documentation such as it is (being on the lookout for potentially suspicious documents of odd origin), demographic tables published yearly by Jewish organization themselves, and so on. The issue of what did the Pope say somewhere is totally irrelevant to any demographic arguments. But unfortunately too many people taking an amateur interest in Holocaust revisionism are misled down the path of thinking that the change in the Auschwitz plaque is somehow a key to demographic arguments. You'll find that error tossed around on this board in a number of places. I only cited the most recent example, but I've seen it show up here before. And it's not just raised in response to dull-witted fanatics of the Meir Kahane type either, as you try to imply. It arises from an actual misconception, among people who haven't thoroughly reviewed the literature, about the actual significance of the old Auschwitz plaque.