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Subject: Ben Freedman Re: Strom & his garbage
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I've done research on Ben Freedman.  I posted a garbled version of my 

research to alt-revisionism, but here's a copy for reference.

  This is a pretty convoluted story, but I've tried to
  present it in logical order:  Benjamin Harrison Freedman
  wrote in a publication, "Common Sense" on May 1, 1959: 
     "On February 22, 1948, the New York Times published
       figures taken from their 1947 secret census indicating
       a minimum of 16,150,000 and a maximum of 19,200,000
       so-called "Jews" in the world for 1947. Through the
       courtesy of Mr. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of
       the NY Times this author conferred on February 23,
       1948 with Commander Baldwin [NOTE: He refers to Hanson
       Baldwin, military editor of the Times at the time who
       wrote a weekly column for the Sunday paper -- this
       will be important later on in this discussion] in his
       office where this author examined documents fully
       supporting the figures published by the NY Times on
       February 22, 1948.  This author was allowed to examine
       the file containing the results of the searching
       investigations conducted by the NY Times through its
       own offices throughout the world and with the
       collaboration of governments and religious bodies in
       those foreign countries."
     Benjamin Harrison Freedman was the originator of the
  theory that today's Jews are not the descendants of the
  Jews mentioned in the Bible, but rather descendants of the
  Khazars, an Asiatic people who occupied Southern Russia
  (Mongolians, no less) during the seventh century, who had
  converted to Judiasm. He was born a Jew in New York in
  1890, but called himself a fascist and an "honorary Aryan". 
  When WWII broke out he supported of Hitler and predicted
  Germany would win the war.  [More about Freedman and a
  debunking of the Khazar theory avalable on request.]
     Ben's number of "a minimum of 16,150,000 and a maximum
  of 19,200,000" were intended to show that the number of
  Jews had risen after the war, thus proving the Holocaust
  death numbers were exaggerated.  It was picked up (usually
  rounded off to 15 to 18 million for some reason) by various
  Holocaust revisionists over the years.  
     George Lincoln Rockwell, late Fuehrer of the American
  Nazi Party, gave an interview to "Playboy" magazine in
  April, 1966, where cites Hanson's figures--but just the
  higher one (18 million) -- Then he adds the 6 million Jews
  exterminated by Hitler, and comes up with a total of 24
  million world Jewish population for 1948. He compares 24
  million with the 1939 World  Almanac figure for world
  Jewish population: 15,688,259 in an attempt to prove that
  8,311,741 Jews appeared on the planet between 1939 and
     Another (more relavant) example: In 1976, Arthur Butz
  wrote "The Hoax of the 20th Century"--a book that supposes
  that the Holocaust is a Zionist plot and that 6,000,000
  Jews did not die at the hands of the Nazis.  In that book,
  in a discussion of pre- and post-war population figures (p
  13) Butz stated:
     "Hanson Baldwin, N.Y. Times Military expert, in an
  article written in 1948 dealing with the then forthcoming
  Arab-Jewish war on the basis of information available at
  the UN and other places, gave a figure of 15 to 18 million
  world Jewish population, as well as figures for such things
  as Jews in Palestine, Jews in the Middle East, Arabs in
  Palestine, total Arabs, total Moslems,etc. (footnote 6)."
     Hanson's 02/22/48 article (NY Times, page 4) was
  entitled "Armies for Palestine: Need for International
  Force of 70,000 Believed Indicated as U. N. Faces Decision"
  (this was an article about a possible Arab-Israeli war). 
  Buried in the text was this: 
     ". . . The Jewish areas of Palestine are an enclave
  surrounded by Arabs.  There are 650,000 to 700,000 Jews in
  Palestine and about 1,250,000 Arabs.  Another 500,000 Jews
  inhabit other Arab countries in the Middle East.  The Arab 
  population these states, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria,  
  Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Trans-Jordan, is more than  
  30,000,000. In these countries, the Jews are tied by 
  bonds of religion to the rest of the fifteen to eighteen  
  million Jews of the world, and most of the Arabs share
  their religion with the rest of the world's 221,000,000   
     [NOTE: in context, we see that while Baldwin provides
  literal numbers for the various population figures (i.e.
  1,250,000), he gives figurative numbers (i.e. "fifteen to
  eighteen million") for the estimated population of Jews. 
  It would seem he didn't think it was important to get the
  number exact for this article. Ironically, he was trying to
  show how FEW Jews there were compared to Moslems, but
  that's another story.]
     Getting back to Mr. Freedman. Remember his "secret
  census", his visit with Mr. Sulzberger and Mr. Baldwin, and
  his search through a "file containing the results of the
  searching investigations conducted by the NY Times through
  its own offices throughout the world and with the
  collaboration of governments and religious bodies in those
  foreign countries"?  NOTE: Mr Freedman says he went to the
  Times office on Mon. Feb 23 (the paper came out on Sunday,
  Feb 22). Pretty fast footwork, no?
     Morris Kominsky, author of "Hoaxers" (Branden Press,
  1970) [NOTE: this is BEFORE Butz's publication date of
  1976], wrote a letter to Mr. Balwin and recieved the
  following reply:
     "Dear Mr. Kominsky, 
     "Thank you for your letter of inquiry of January 6.
     "The world Jewish population figures printed in this
  story came from the 1948 edition of the World Almanac. 
  Later we checked it with the American Jewish Committee and
  other sources and said in the correction, as I noted to you
  in my previous letter, that the authorities agree that
  Hitler's wholesale massacre of Jews during the war reduced
  the Jewish population to perhaps 12 million today
     "If Mr. Freedman met with me I do not remember it. 
  The problem is of course, that you are talking about events
  that took place 19 years ago.  I see hundreds of people per
  year, many of them only for a few minutes so I could not
  swear that I did not see Mr. Freedman but if I did it made
  no impression either upon me or upon my assistant.
     "I do not know what Mr. Freedman means by examination
  of documents but to my knowledge we had no particular
  documents bearing on the issue in question.
     "I hope this answers your questions; if there is
  anything else you wish to know please do not hesitate to
  write again.
     "Sincerely, Hanson W. Baldwin (Military Editor)"
     There was no "secret census", no "file containing the
  results of the searching investigations conducted by the NY
  Times through its own offices throughout the world and with
  the collaboration of governments and religious bodies in
  those foreign countries".  Just a beleagered ex-military
  man appointed editor who looked up some numbers in an
  almanac.     Mr. Freedman, in his eagerness to prove a point,
  unwittingly caused a chain reaction of errors that were
  perpetuated by people who didn't bother to check the facts.
     A lot of times, when I'm verifying claims made by
  revisionists and racists, I find errors, quotes out of
  context and selective presentation of data.  It's hard to
  take the revisionist postion seriously when it's this easy
  to debunk the basic tenents

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