Archive/File: orgs/american/ihr soap.jhr In _The Journal of Historical Review_ Vol. 11, #2 (Summer 1991): REVIEWS: "A Forgettable, But Survivable, Hatchet Job on IHR" (Or, "Never Forget -- Witness for the Defense") NEVER FORGET. Produced by Robert Radnitz. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Turner Pictures, Inc. 1991. 2 hours. Reviewed by Tom Marcellus "That the Germans made soap neither from Jews nor anyone else during the war, and that there would be no way to distinguish the hair of a 'gassed' concentration inmate from that of a 'survivor,' since the Germans customarily deloused the shorn hair of inmates, are facts lost on television audiences, most of whom must think: 'What despicable monsters these Revisionists must be!'" From _The Journal of Historical Review_, Vol. 13, Number 6 (Nov./Dec. 1993): Anti-Revisionist Work Takes Aim at Faurisson CROSSING SWORDS IN FRANCE ON THE HOLOCAUST ISSUE _Assassins of Memory: Essays on the Denial of the Holocaust_, by Pierre Vidal-Naquet. Translated and with a foreword by Jeffrey Mehlman. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Hardcover. 205 (+ xxvi) pages. Notes. Index. ISBN: 0-231-07458-1. Reviewed by Mark Weber This book's silly title is typical of the Holocaust literature of our day, even this supposedly serious work. It suggests that revisionists are intellectual criminals who are murdering the sacred "memory" of Holocaust survivors. Implicit here is the notion that it is a sin, a sacrilege, to question the "memory" of (Jewish) "martyrs." Well, does this include the now-discredited "memory" of the five witnesses in the Demjanjuk trial who, under oath, identified John Demjanjuk as a mass murderer at Treblinka? Who are the "assassins" of those "memories"? And who "assassinated" the "memories" of those who talk about soap bars made from Jewish corpses? From _The Journal of Historical Review_, Vol. 14, Number 1 (Jan./Feb. 1994): "BEST WITNESS": MEL MERMELSTEIN, AUSCHWITZ and the IHR Theodore J. O'Keefe Second, made ABSURD claims about what had happened to him and others during the Holocaust -- for example, witnessing a non-existent tunnel leading to the imaginary cellar of Krematorium 5, or being ordered to wash with soap made from dead Jews. [...] Among the absurdities were the nonexistent subterranean tunnel to the above-ground crematory, the soap made from Jewish bodies, a claim that Auschwitz camp "kapos" were rewarded for every prisoner they killed, and that there was a railroad track leading from the crematory to a pond for dumping ashes.
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