As you also know I am 17. Three years ago this October, my father died from cancer of the bile duct. It is a highly rare and always terminal illness. One dies of it similar to one dying of starvation, the way it corrodes the body. I suspect it will never be cured, too rare, no reason for money to go into research. That is why I set this thread aside. I mentioned it in bad news... but goethe responded and I do want to live by the rules here. So I am re-copying and pasting it here so that if it wants to be discussed it can be without going off topic.
I watched my father die in a similar way to how those who died of hunger starvation and overwork in those concentration camps for ten months at the age of 14. The skin pallor changing, the dramatic weight loss, the quenching of the spark of the soul, the fighting to survive even though death is inevitable, knowing you cannot do anything and still watch it, the slow death from the inside out.
Because of that, I cannot believe that someone would make up a story with that in it and not feel emotional guilt and pain of inflicting that on other people. So that is the personal reason why I believe the stories of the Holocaust survivors. Because of that, I believe in the fundamental belief that the Holocaust happened. I have doubts about certain things, yes but I do not doubt it happened.
You watch a parent being led out from your house on death's doorstep to go to the hospital and know you will never see them again or know that nobody will ever find a cure for what killed him because not enough suffer from that disease and tell me if you can listen to those stories and not believe them? So there, that is my personal reason. Does that give me credibility?