Archive/File: people/b/butz.arthur butz.004 Last-Modified: 1994/07/05 "Butz's list of culpable parties is all-encompassing. He blames the 'Zionist International' and the Communists as well as the U.S. government's War Refugee Board and Office of Strategic Services.<15> In addition the New York-based research institute YIVO; U.S. government officials; the prosecutors and judges at the war crimes trials; Polish-Jewish 'propagandists'; and Soviet officials all helped perpetrate this fraud, aided and abetted by the media and such international welfare organizations as the Red Cross.<16> Butz vacillated between holding Jews solely responsible for this 'Jewish hoax' - which was also a 'Zionist hoax'<17> - and presenting it as the result of a cooperative effort in which Washington, London, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Jews everywhere had participated. Using their political power, Jews had amassed a broad array of allies, 'official Washington' among them.<18> It is noteworthy that those Jews who pressured Washington to cooperate in the hoax were the same ones who were unable to convince it during the prewar and war years to liberalize the immigration system, open its doors to the nine hundred Jews on the _St. Louis_, admit German Jewish refugee children, transport refugees on empty transport ships returning from Europe, or permit any more than one thousand Jews to enter the United States during the war itself.<19>* Butz would have us believe that the same Jews whose rescure record was a dismal failure were somehow able to manipulate Washington into participating in this massive hoax. According to Butz the key to perpetrating the hoax was the forging of massive numbers of documents, an act committed with the complicity of Allied governments. These was no shortage of people to assist in this endeavor: Hundreds of trained staff members were sent to Europe in the immediate aftermath of the war. They were responsible for 'a fabrication constructed of perjury, forgery, distortion of fact and misrepresentation of documents.'<20> Without being discovered by anyone, they created reports by Einsatzgruppen commanders listing the precise cities in which massacres had been conducted and the exact numbers of men, women, and children who had been killed. They prepared documents purporting to be official communiques from the highest-ranking offices of the Third Reich. Not only were they able to falsify and fabricate at will, but they even succeeded in planting the documents in the correct places so that those who were not part of the hoax would happen upon them. So complete was their control that they were able to determine whether the war crimes courts received genuine documents, forged documents, or no documents at all.<21> They even created false recordings of speeches by Nazi leaders and inserted them inot the materials collected by the liberating forces.<22> Without their scheme being discovered and exposed by anyone, these hundreds of forgers - working in both Western and Eastern zones, and with the acquiescence of American, British, Frnech, and Soviet officials - somehow managed, in an incredibly short space of time, to produce thousands of documents, all of which were designed to prove that the Nazis intended to annihilate the Jews. The most important question was never addressed by either Butz or any of his compatriots: Why, if the 'propagandists' responsible for the hoax were so successful at producing such a vast array of documents, did they not produce the one piece of paper deniers claim would convince them there had been a Final Solution - that is, an order from Hitler authorizing the destruction of the Jews?" (Lipstadt, 126-128) <15> Arthur Butz, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century (Torrance, California, 1976), pp. 93, 94, 100 <16> Ibid., pp. 29, 30, 45, 199, 287 <17> Ibid., p. 87 <18> Ibid. <19> The Jews were taken to Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York. <20> Ibid., p. 173 <21> Ibid., p. 215 <22> Ibid., pp. 128, 150, 158, 195, 200 * The _St. Louis_ was the German ship that was turned away from Cuba in May 1939 because the Cuban government had invalidated the landing certificates of the refugees on board. When the ship tried to land in Miami government officials denied permission. Work cited Lipstadt, Deborah E. Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. New York: The Free Press (A division of Macmillan, Inc.), 1993.
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