The Nizkor Project: Remembering the Holocaust (Shoah)

Shofar FTP Archive File: people/s/schmid.kevin/email/cor-0-article.txt

From: (Jamie McCarthy)
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Open Letter to the Webmaster(s) of the BeWise Web Site
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 1995 21:49:23 -0500
Organization: Absence Software
Lines: 89

      Open Letter to the Webmaster(s) of the BeWise Web Site

Hello.  My name is Jamie McCarthy;  I'm the Webmaster of the Nizkor
web site (

While browsing your web site, I came across the following promise:

   If you find or have information to refute the hard evidence
   presented here, please let us know immediately! Be prepared to
   offer *EVIDENCE*, emotions and or opinions *ARE NOT* evidence.

I do indeed have information to refute a great deal of the evidence,
hard and otherwise, which you provide on your web site.  I would like
to begin the refutation process with one particular, easily-disproved
piece of information:

   Shmuel Krakowski - In an Aug. 1986 Jerusalem Post article - "[Yad
   Vashem director] Krakowski says that many survivors, wanting "to be
   part of history" may have let their imaginations run away with
   them. "Many were never in the places where they claim to have
   witnessed atrocities, while others relied on second hand
   information given them by friends or passing strangers" according
   to Krakowski. Over half of 20,000 survivor accounts were found by
   Yad Vashem to be "unreliable" and "Inaccurate."

This is a blatant lie which was refuted on the alt.revisionism
newsgroup almost two years ago.

Krakowski was blatantly misquoted in the interview mentioned here;
on the same day it appeared in the "Jerusalem Post" (August 17th,
1986), he sent an unequivocal protest, which appeared in the
letters to the editor section a few days later.

A poster to alt.revisionism, Danny Keren, spoke at that time on the
phone with Krakowski. He was rather upset about being
misrepresented and slandered by Nazi propagandists.

Krakowshi's retraction reads:

   To the Editor of the Jerusalem Post
   Sir, - I was deeply astonished to read Barbara Amouyal's front-page
   article of August 17, which is based in part on an interview with
   Many hundreds of the 20,000 testimonies held in our archives were
   extensively used in Nazi war criminal trials, contrary to what
   Amouyal wrote.
   I told Amouyal that survivors wrote their accounts for the record
   of history.  I cannot understand why she made of it that survivors
   wanted "to be part of history".
   I said there are some - fortunately very few - testimonies, which
   proved to be inaccurate.  Why did Amouyal make them out to be a
   large number?
         Shumel Krakowski,
         Yad Vashem Archives

You have now been given "information to refute the hard evidence
presented [on your web site]."  What you do with this information, of
course, is up to you.  If you have any comments, I would like to hear
them.  You may reach me by posting publicly to alt.revisionism, or by
emailing me at;  if you contact me in email, I will
assume that your reply is intended to be a public response unless you
indicate otherwise.

Thank you.

This open letter is being posted to the Usenet newsgroup
alt.revisionism and emailed to  An HTML version is
also being made available at:

 Jamie McCarthy
 I speak only for myself.            Co-Webmaster of
 Unless otherwise specified, I consider pro-"revisionism" email public domain.

Home ·  Site Map ·  What's New? ·  Search Nizkor

© The Nizkor Project, 1991-2012

This site is intended for educational purposes to teach about the Holocaust and to combat hatred. Any statements or excerpts found on this site are for educational purposes only.

As part of these educational purposes, Nizkor may include on this website materials, such as excerpts from the writings of racists and antisemites. Far from approving these writings, Nizkor condemns them and provides them so that its readers can learn the nature and extent of hate and antisemitic discourse. Nizkor urges the readers of these pages to condemn racist and hate speech in all of its forms and manifestations.