World War II Research Task: National History Challenge Theme
‘Legend, Fact and History’.
I am against the premise that our contemporary, current understanding of the Holocaust and the persecution of the Jews is a combination of ‘Legend, Fact and History.’ I’m arguing that the only crucial, relevant aspect of our view is fact! That includes undeniable evidence that is totally accepted by all. Some historical records in our time are only causing controversy because many professional historians that disagree with the premise of the Holocaust are presenting their point of view in public. They are more dangerous than the Holocaust deniers; this is due to them reducing the number of Jews exterminated considerably but try to keep the unit
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One type is historians who travel to the old concentration camps and research the gas chambers and the cremation ovens. On their research they inspect whether the chambers could have been effective. These are called ‘revisionists’. They do not full contradict the happening of the Holocaust, but they do challenge the number of Jewish people who were murdered. Different to these revisionists, there are Holocaust deniers. Their beliefs completely and utterly opposes the Holocausts existence in the early 40’s. They are convinced that Nazis did not use gas chambers to mass murder Jews, but small chambers did exist for delousing and Zyklon-B was used in the process. In addition Nazis did not use cremation ovens to dispose of extermination victims. Another belief is that 5-6 million Jewish deaths is an irresponsible number and is an exaggeration, additionally many Jews who actually emigrated to Russia, Britain, Palestine, and the United States are included in the number. Moreover the historical proof for the Holocaust is falsified or deliberately misinterpreted. This is only and example of a few beliefs of a Holocaust denier. Of course in some countries, if such beliefs were practiced, that person would suffer harsh consequences.
The outcome of revisionists researching the areas of the Holocaust after 68 years and publishing documents that oppose the history we know now, are more Holocaust deniers and more