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Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 16:49:48 -0700
From: (Orest Slepokura)
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Subject: Simon Wiesenthal: Holocaust denier
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In article
, (Orest Slepokura) wrote:

> In article , John.Morris@UAlberta.CA
> wrote:
> > In  in
> > alt.revisionism, on Sun, 24 Oct 1999 20:51:36 -0700,
> > (Orest Slepokura) wrote:
> > 
> > [yadda yadda]
> > 
> > Keep posting, Orest.  This is just brilliant.  You show us example
> > after example of anti-Revisionists critical both of Holocaust fiction
> > and faked memoirs.
> > 
> > I cannot imagine a more thorough debunking of the Revisionist myth of
> > a seamless Jewish conspiracy to pull the wool over our eyes with their
> > Holocaust hoax.  So far from showing us what an untouchable subject
> > the Holocaust is, you demonstrate more conclusively and convincingly
> > than I could have imagined that the discursive field is wide open and
> > that the interpretation of the Holocaust is as up for grabs as any
> > other area historical inquiry.
> > 
> > Neither you nor Andrew Allen quite gets it when I say that Wilkomirski
> > is fatal to Revisionism.  Yet you have shown us the way, Orest.
> > 
> > Please, carry on.
> > 
> > -- 
> >  John Morris                                
> >  at University of Alberta  
> 0=0=0=0

Thank you for your valued support, John, although I'm a wee bit taken aback by 
your sudden display of civility. Still. Since you invite me to continue to
keep on posting, I'll (again) oblige you.
This is excerpted from Eli M. Rosenbaum's Betrayal: The Untold Story of
the Kurt Waldheim Investigation and Cover-Up [St. Martin's Press: New
York, p. 463]. 

Note that it's yet again from the text of a book published by St. Martin's
Press of New York--the publisher who spiked a Goebbels bio from David
Irving but very happily published the seedy memoirs of Jerry Springer.

...If one can be guilty of malpractice in the field of Nazi-hunting, this
was surely it. Actually, the atrocious error that [Simon] Wiesenthal had
made in 1979 when he cleared [Kurt] Waldheim for the Israelis was hardly
very surprising, given the extraordinary incompetence that has
characterized the Nazi-hunter's biggest cases (and countless smaller ones)
since the war. Indeed, if this blunder had been Wiesenthal's only offense
in the Waldheim affair, it might have been forgivable.

But Wiesenthal's subsequent actions, at least those that followed
Waldheim's initial exposure, were unpardonable, indeed unconscionable. He
had used his "mandate" to help elect to Austria's presidency an accused
Nazi war criminal--one whose campaign, moreover, reintroduced overt
anti-Semitic parlance to the lexicon of major-party European politics for
the first time since the Nazi era. He had given aid and comfort to some of
the vilest hate-mongers in Austria, even adopting some of their code words
in attacking the World Jewish Congress. By mid-1988, he was denouncing the
WJC leadership in the Austrian press as "some psychopaths in America,"
telling an Austrian reporter that he had delivered the following
condemnation to Singer and Steinberg in person: "When I look at you and
see that you dare speak on behalf of world Jewry, I see what Hitler did to
us." [17] Worst of all, he had resorted to the basest tactic of all:
denying the undeniable facts about the Holocaust and other Nazi
barbarities. This act of utter indecency--the ultimate betrayal of
Hitler's victims--is one that none of us, even those who knew the truth
about Wiesenthal's Nazi-hunting "record," could ever have imagined him
capable of committing. But how *could* anyone ever have predicted that, in
order to protect his *own* reputation, Wiesenthal would sink to embracing
the hideous syllogism at the heart of Waldheim's campaign of lies: If
there were *no crimes*, then there was no cover-up.

At last I had the answers, even if they gave me no real comfort. The
nightmare of the past two years was finally over. Or *was* it? I knew now
I had to see to it that the truth came out.  That, however, would be a new
and different kind of nightmare. It was one thing to take on Kurt
Waldheim, a man who, in the words of WJC president had been part and
parcel of the Nazi killing machine. But it was quite another to tell the
truth about Simon Wiesenthal. Not only would the Nazi-hunter's many
influential associates surely respond with daggers drawn, but there would
be no joy for me in exposing the revered idol of my youth...

* "What sort of truth is it that needs protection?"        * 
* Auberon Waugh - The London Daily Telegraph - May 9, 1992 *                    

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