"A ransom deal that the Americans attempted saved 2,000 Jews and I was one. I actually went into the gas chamber but was reprieved. God knows why".
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We certainly would like to see his evidence for his 'many family members'. I wonder if his parents were 'reprieved from the gas chambers' as well? And what gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen would that be? This is quite comical to say the least.A member of the Jewish community of Belgrade, Shaul Ladany was eight years old when he was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Although he lost many members of his family, he and his his parents survived until the liberation of the Camp.
A 1972 article quoted him as saying "A ransom deal that the Americans attempted saved 2,000 Jews and I was one. I actually went into the gas chamber but was reprieved. God knows why".
It's difficult to imagine a people lying so very much, but yet they do and demonstrably so.
This topic is covered well by Samuel Crowell in the Gas Chamber of Sherlock Holmes. It's a short read of about 80 pages and well worth reading if you haven't already. Crowell sees the Holocaust as a narrative imposed on reality and gives the various sources of this narrative. Wikipedia's article on Eye-witness testimony is also supportive of this and the main research on the topic was done by Elizabeth Loftus. Loftus is Jewish but wanted to give evidence in support of Demjanjuk in his Israeli trial, but was dissuaded under very strong peer pressure.
If the Holocaust story relied on people deliberately and consciously lying for its survival it would have collapsed long ago.
The horrific experiences in ones life tend to be etched on one's memory, and the passage of time, whilst diminishing the impact, does little to erase the shocking recall of detail. I would edge that with an allowance for old age and the lack of brain cells employed when one is perhaps in very old age. However most of the witnesses to the holocaust who claimed to have seen the gas chambers in operation or were active in the admin of Treblinka etc gave their statements when they were only 50 years old or younger.
I am in my mid fifties and whilst my short term memory is sometimes a little weak I well remember the shocking and traumatic detail of seeing a man lose his leg in a motorcycle accident while standing next to me in 1980.
'We don't need evidence, we have survivors' - israeli politician
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