Collins reply to the Hill-Conway letter, from the North Shore News: The story keeps changing Dear Editor: Leonidas E. Hill of UBC accuses me of "selectivity" and "slandering" Professor Yehuda Bauer and others in my column of Aug. 18 on the "Holocaust" (the story keeps changing). Bauer is director of Holocaust studies at Hebrew University in Israel and was reported in the _New York Times_ of Nov. 12, 1989, as saying that the four million figure for all deaths at Auschwitz was "patently false," and that the true figure as far as Jews were concerned was 1.35 million. "The larger figures have been dismissed for years," he continued, "except that it hasn't reached the public and I think it's about time it did."  The Polish communists and nationalists "promoted the larger figures to serve a political purpose." According to Hill, "scholars have proven that the Red Cross never provided a figure of 300,000 (who died in the camps)." But a Red Cross report dated May 11, 1979, states that the total was 271,304, plus a further 90,069 who died elsewhere.  The numbers do indeed keep changing. Hill's snooty remark on Winston Churchill demands comment. That Churchill made no reference to the Holocaust in his six-volume war history he puts down to Churchill's "inadequacy" as a historian. Really? Churchill may not have had a degree in history from UBC but the author of "The World Crisis, A History of the English Speaking Peoples, The Life of Marlborough, The Second World War" and many other works is not to be sneezed at. What has Hill done? Hill needs a lesson in English, too. One can libel a person in print, but not slander him. Doug Collins West Vancouver  Here Collins tries to imply that the Polish communist figure of 4,000,000 was an integral part of the 6,000,000 total estimated Jewish deaths during the Holocaust. In fact, this is completely untrue, and the 4,000,000 figure was never accepted by western scholars as being accurate. The accepted figures (5.1 to 5.8 million Jewish victims) did not include 4,000,000 supposed Auschwitz victims, as Collins would have us believe.  The report Collins refers to has been submitted to the B.C. Press Council, which demanded that he produce it. The International Red Cross refutes the report, without qualification, in the letter archived as URL: ftp://ftp.almanac.bc.ca/pub/orgs/swiss/icrc/300000-victims.response.
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