Archive/File: orgs/american/codoh/mayer.arno arno.book Last-Modified: 1994/02/15 From: "sheldon sheps"
Message-ID: <199215.1206.9547@dosgate> Date: 15 Apr 92 23:14:11 EST Organization: Canada Remote Systems What did Arno J. Mayer actually say about Auchwitz and the Holocaust, or... history as a movie advertisement There's a story told about a movie publicist who looked at a dozen terrible movie review and proceeded to use them in a newspaper ad. Where the reviewer had said "great if you want to catch 40 winks" he put "great" in 40 pt type. Where the reviewer wrote "fastpaced if you're dead", he put "fastpaced". This is what the revisionists have done with Arno Mayer's excellent book "Why did the heaven's not darken?". And more importantly it shows the academic bankruptcy of their view. Valerie Lippert (not a revisionist supporter, quotes from the ad that ran at Northwestern University VL> > Arno J. Mayer, chaired professor of European history at VL> Princeton >University, has written in his _Why the Heavens Did Not VL> Darken_, that >at Auschwitz more people died of "natural causes" VL> than were killed. >Mayer is a Jew and himself a refugee from the VL> Nazi regime. at page 364 of the 1990 paperback version: "Besides, from 1942 to 1945, certainly at Auschwitz, but probably overall, more Jews were killed by so-called "natural causes than by "unnatural" ones. Let's now try the WHOLE paragraph... at page 364: "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. and let's try p.451 "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". I do recommend Arno's book...it is somewhat controversial as it does not believe that the physical destruction of Jews was an initial goal of Nazism...but that does not mean that Arno supports the revisionists. firstname.lastname@example.org -- Canada Remote Systems - Toronto, Ontario/Detroit, MI World's Largest PCBOARD System - 416-629-7000/629-7044
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