From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jamie R. McCarthy) Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 18:06:04 GMT In his New York Post column of March 17, 1990, Patrick Buchanan wrote: Since the war, 1,600 medical papers have been written on "The Psychological and Medical Effects of the Concentration Camps on Holocaust Survivors." This so-called "Holocaust Survivor Syndrome" involves "group fantasies of martyrdom and heroics." Reportedly, half the 20,000 survivor testimonies in Jerusalem are considered "unreliable," not to be used in trials. Finally, the death engine. During the war, the underground government of the Warsaw Ghetto reported to London that the Jews of Treblinka were being electrocuted and steamed to death. The Israeli court, however, concluded the murder weapon for 850,000 was the diesel engine from a Soviet tank which drove its exhaust into the death chamber. All died in 20 minutes, Finkelstein swore in 1945. The problem is: Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody. In 1988, 97 kids, trapped 400 feet underground in a Washington, D.C., tunnel while two locomotives spewed diesel exhaust into the car, emerged unharmed after 45 minutes. Demjanjuk's weapon of mass murder cannot kill. This is, of course, a preposterous conclusion. If the operator of the diesel engine races it up to high RPM and then restricts the air intake, the engine can be made to run arbitrarily rich, producing nearly-arbitrarily low levels of oxygen. The victims at the Reinhard camps were suffocated to death, not killed with carbon monoxide, because, although an intentionally-mistuned diesel produces enough carbon monoxide to kill you, the lack of oxygen will kill you first. A properly-tuned diesel engine running at idle cannot kill, this is true. But unlike the locomotive engineer in Buchanan's example, the Nazis had no qualms about flooring the throttle, or tweaking the fuel/air ratio. The question is, where did Buchanan get his information for the above column? Who told him that the deaths of 850,000 people (in fact, between 1.5 and 2.0 million people) were imaginary? According to Jacob Weisberg, in his article "The Heresies of Pat Buchanan" in the October 22, 1990 issue of The New Republic, "Buchanan stands by his bizarre claim about the diesel engines, but refuses to discuss it on the record. Suffice it to say that he embraces a bolder debunking claim than he is yet willing to endorse in print. ... Where did he get the anecdote [about the children in the tunnel]? 'Somebody sent it to me.'" Who that "somebody" is will probably never be known. But the "it" that was allegedly "sent" to Mr. Buchanan is known. Mr. Buchanan's source was almost certainly the July 1988 issue of a small (six-page) pamphlet: the G.I.E.A. Newsletter of the German American Information and Education Association (P.O. Box 23169, Washington D.C., 20026). The agenda of this newsletter becomes clear on page two: The May Newsletter which discusses the Holocaust Museum continues to generate the greatest response. Approximately 95% of the response has been favorable; 5% negative. Evidently, that museum has a lot of people stirred up. It is obvious that the issue that sticks in the craw of so many is the hypocrisy blatantly displayed and practiced by the American Jewish community. It is very clear that if enough people would write their senators and congressman [sic], and demand that rooms be set aside for other holocausts, something could be accomplished. Write them and point out that the German people were "holocausted" after WW II, especially by the Bolshevics, originally a Jewish/Zionist movement. The Palestinians daily suffer terrible persecution with their civil and human rights being trampled upon by the State of Israel. Even the United Methodist Church condemned "Israel's current iron-fist policy ... is totally unacceptable as civilized behavior." The Church's reproach against Israel... [etc.] On page five is a photocopy of a Washington Post article on May 13, 1988: "5th Graders' Trip Turns to Terror in Train Tunnel." (Why do newspapers always insist on such stupid alliteration in headlines?) Above the article is typed "For the inevitable victory of decency, free speech, and historical truth!" Below it is written (and I've reproduced the typos and other errors exactly): _SCHOOLCHILDREN UNHARMED BY DIESEL EXHAUST!_ Nothing surprising about this, we would say, since it has been long known that the exhaust from Diesel engines is, though malodorous, not especially toxic. But why ist this of relevance to a German-American organization? And why this mailing? Because _our_ children _are_ still being _poisoned_ by the loathsome Zionist "Holocaust" story, and: * Because, despite the of hundreds movies, books, TV docu-dramas, "eyewitness-testimonies" and warcrimes trial "evidence" - 1. No one any longer claims "gassing" in the camps inside the German Reich (Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Mauthausen, Ravensbrueck, etc.). In fact,a recently brought forward allied investigatory document reveals the authorities knew the stories were false as early as _1948_. 2. The Auschwitz/Birkenau (and related Majdanek) "gas chamber" story, the very _cornerstone_ of the entire "Holocaust" legend (though long discounted by the sophisticated), has just been dealt the final death blow. In Toronto on April 20th, 1988, Mr. Fred Leuchter, an American engineer with over 25 years of experience in the design and construction of gas chamber for execution of criminals... At this point it's obvious where the article is going. The remainder of page five and all of page six is devoted to Holocaust-denial. One assumes that one particular section would have caught Mr. Buchanan's eye, considering that his cause at the time was exonerating Nazi SS member John Demjanjuk: ...that the ruthlessly efficient, evil Germans Exterminated Millions of Jews at three tiny (and long since virtually vanished) transit camps near the Polish Eastern border (Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka) - - and did so (though some early versions referred to "steam" or "suffocation") by means of _DIESEL EXHAUST_ "from a Russian T-34 tank". (One assumes the tank was operated by John Demjanjuk, who no doubt clubbed the "950,000" victims of Treblinka into the "gas chamber", and then sprinted around the back, lept into his tank, and started 'er up!) In short, it looks suspiciously like Mr. Buchanan received a Holocaust-denial newsletter in the mail and, accepting its claims as true, reprinted them in his nationally-syndicated column. His column should sound very familiar to anyone who's familiar with Holocaust-denial literature of the last decade or two: "group fantasies" of Holocaust survirors; "half the 20,000 survivor testimonies are considered 'unreliable'"; "electrocuted or steamed to death...The Israeli court, however, concluded"; and, finally, of course, "Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon dioxide to kill anybody." The chances are good that, if I looked hard enough, I could find those exact quotes in literature published by such organizations at the Institute for Historical Review. Whether Patrick Buchanan is a revisionist, or merely a journalist who let his biases convince him to pass on frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Semitism as truth, is left as an exercise to the reader. But remember Jacob Weisberg's cryptic comment, presumably based on comments made off the record, that "he embraces a bolder debunking claim than he is yet willing to endorse in print." And note that the only letter to the New Republic protesting Weisbers article was written by Mona Charen; her letter was entirely rhetorical and contested none of the facts.
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