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Date: Tue, 1 Aug 95 12:49:45 EDT
From: Richard Trott 
To: "Ken McVay" 
Subject: Re: Edward Toner/Population Revisionism
In-Reply-To: Your message of Tue, 1 Aug 1995 09:26:16 -0700 (PDT)

Do you have the current issue of _Skeptic_?  It's the one with the Bell
Curve on the cover.  It has a number of letters about the Holocaust
revision issue.  If you have it, Toner's original letter is in there.
If not, then I'll include a photocopy of it.

Give me an address where I can mail the stuff and I'll send his
materials to you.  Or, if you want, send him a note yourself.
I'm sure he'll send you everything you could want.  His address is:

Edward Toner
52 Newbury Road
Howell, NJ  07731

Here's the copy of my letter that I sent to _Skeptic_:

Mr. Toner's letter ("Population  Revisionism,"  vol. 3, no.3) contains
at least  one egregious misrepresentation sufficient to undermine  his
entire argument.

Mr. Toner's  argument  is,  essentially,  that  the  number  of Jewish
survivors who made claims against the West German government precludes
the possibility  that six million Jews  perished.  To make this claim,
however, Mr. Toner uses the number of *people* who made claims against
West Germany, rather than the number of Jewish survivors.

Mr.  Toner asserts that 4,393,365 "Jewish survivors outside  the  Iron
Curtain...made claims against the W. German government...."  According
to  the very source (the German  Information  Center's _Focus On_  no.
1/May 1985) that Mr.  Toner cites for his figure, these claims include
the following: "...those persecuted for political,  racial, religious,
or ideological  reasons -- people who suffered physical injury or loss
of  freedom, property,  income, professional and financial advancement
as a result of that persecution.  In addition  to racial and political
victims of the Third Reich, the  law includes compensation for artists
and scholars whose works disagreed with Nazi tenets.  It also provides
compensation  for people who were persecuted merely because  they were
related  to or  friendly  with  victims  of  the Nazis.   Finally,  it
guarantees assistance  to  the  survivors of  the  deceased  victims."
Clearly, then, and contrary to Mr. Toner's assertion, these claims are
anything but  limited  to  Jews.   It  appears  that  Mr.   Toner  has
artificially  inflated  the  number  of  Jewish  survivors  so  as  to
artificially reduce the number of Jewish victims.

Richard Trott
New Brunswick, NJ

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