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Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: CODOH: Arno Mayer position clarified..
Followup-To: alt.revisionism
Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Auschwitz,CODOH,Mayer

Archive/File: orgs/american/codoh/mayer.arno arno.1
Last-Modified: 1993/10/24

Given Bradley Smith's use of Arno Mayer's name in his literature, in a
manner which suggests Mr. Mayer supports Mr. Smith's assertions about
the Holocaust, a user responded by providing the material used by
Smith, but in context, from the Mayer work:

 "There is a distinction between dying from 'natural' or 'normal'
 causes and being killed by shooting, hanging, phenol injection or
 gassing.  But quite apart from the vital importance of not allowing
 this distinction to be used to extenuate and normalize the mass
 murder at Auschwitz, it should not be pressed too far.  The Nazi
 leaders decided to transport frail and sick Jews and Gypsies to
 Aushwitz in full awareness of the perils they would face, and they
 continued to do so once there was no ignoring and denying the deadly
 conditions there, including the endemic danger of epidemics.  Besides
 from 1942 to 1945, certainly at Auschwitz, but probably overall,
 more Jews were killed by so-called 'natural' causes than by
 'unnatural' causes." (Mayer, 364)

Mr. Mayer makes his position quite clear with regard to Mr. Smith and
the Holocaust deniers:
"On the contrary, the skeptics, who are outright negationists, mock
 the Jewish victims with their one-sided sympathetic understanding
 for the executioners.  They are ill-disguised anti-semites and
 merchants of prejudice, and this morally reprehensible posture
 disqualifies them from membership in the republic of free letters
 and scholarship."(Mayer, 451)

Work Cited:
Mayer, Arno J. Why the Heavens Did Not Darken (paperback*)

*I lack the publishing information regarding this paperback, and would
appreciate it if someone in possession of same would provide it. Barring
that, page references and publishing information for a hardcover edition
would suffice. knm.

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