Finally, it should be noted that a British researcher, Gerald Reitlinger, in his work The Final Solution (London, 1953 and Cranbury. N. J. , 1968), questions the total of 6 million. He asserts that many of the figures were deliberately inflated for psychological reasons - both by the Nazis, who were motivated by an urge to boast of their crimes, and by the Jews, who were influenced by the pessimism typical of victims. He therefore strongly questions some of the figures given by the Nazis. By systematically re-examining the figures given for each country, adopting the lowest figure in each case by way of hypothesis, he arrives at a total between a minimum of 4,200,000 and a maximum of 4,600,000. His heaviest corrections are in the figures for Eastern Poland and the Soviet Union proper. In the case of these two regions, estimates are complicated by population movements during and after the war, and by the total absence of reliable statistical data on the present Jewish population there.
In our opinion, one who devotes time and effort to making such corrections solely on the basis of psychological considerations must be motivated by similar considerations himself. In Reitlinger's case this could be explained by the typical British penchant for understatement. No doubt there always will be some uncertainty about the exact total of victims claimed by the racist madness. However, the estimated data available are sufficiently abundant and reliable for us to be able accept, as the most probable numer (sic), the "classic" total of 6 million.
'Are you denying the Holocaust?'
'Well, are you revising the Holocaust?'
'So what are you doing?'
'We're understating the Holocaust.'
'You're understanding the...'
'No, we're understating it.'