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My life as a Holocaust Revisionist

I will not attempt a Blog here in the full sense of that concept, but rather a personal journal where I will record some of the stories that thought turns to in those rare moments of clarity when I am not interfering with it.

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Smith was raised in South Central Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s. Smith is a combat veteran (Korea, 7th Cavalry, where he was twice wounded), has been a deputy sheriff (Los Angeles County), a bull fighter (Mexico), a merchant seaman, and was in Saigon during the Tet offensive of 1968 as a freelance writer. He has been described by the Los Angeles Times as an "anarchist libertarian," and by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith as one of the most dangerous "extremists" in America. He has been married to a Mexican woman for 30 years, there are two children, and now two grandchildren. Smith argues that the German WMD (gas-chamber) question should be examined in the routine manner that all other historical questions are examined. He argues that the Holocaust is not a "Jewish" story, but a story of Jews and Germans together--forever. Those who want to challenge the concept of the "unique monstrosity" of the Germans should be free to do so. He believes it is morally wrong, and a betrayal of the Western ideal of intellectual freedom, to imprison writers and publishers who question publicly what privately they have come to doubt.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bill Clinton and Rosa Parks

Got up this morning, dressed, uncovered the bird cages in the patio—one cage is five-feet wide and seven feet tall—went inside and put on a pot of coffee, opened the venetion blinds, and turned on the television to CNN. President Clinton was in a Black church someplace, a big one, to about to talk about Rosa Parks.

Clinton had a wonderfully intimate rapport with his audience. Standing alone at the podium, it was as if he were down in the benches shoulder to shoulder with his people. He spoke very simply, anecdotally. There was nothing of the politician, nothing of the important man about him. It was as if he sincerely loved the people he was among. I felt moved by his identification with those he was talking to.

He spoke very simply about Rosa Parks. She is in fact a symbolic figure of immense symbolic significance for America. The proverbial right person, at the right time, in the right context. She didn’t change America, but she sparked the movement to change America with her smallest of gestures. It is certain that many, many Blacks had made similar gestures over the years, for a century and longer, encouraging Americans to live up to our own ideals, but the moment was not right, history was not ready, there was no Martin Luther King in the neighborhood.

The comparison of the American civil rights movement with Holocaust revisionism is unavoidable. Intellectual freedom is at the heart of American idealism. If Africans had been allowed to access a free press the moment they were off-loaded from the ships that brought them here in bondage, slavery would have ended where it began. If Americans had been encouraged to challenge the formalities of the Nuremburg Court, the myth of the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans could not have been manufactured, and the Jews of Europe would not have been given Arab land in the Middle East. We all know what came of that one, including Iraq.

At the close of World War II, the American Government stood four-square against intellectual freedom for Germans, just as it had stood against it for Africans. At Nuremburg the Court was allowed to charge Germans with the intentional killing of innocent, unarmed civilians. It was forbidden for Germans to make the same charge against Americans and the British, even after Dresden, Hamburg, and the intentional killing of the innocent, unarmed civilian populations of most every city in the German nation. One standard of justice for “us,” another for “them.” The more things change. . . .

Four decades have passed since Frenchmen and Germans began to challenge the gas-chamber stories and the alleged extermination of the European Jews. The European governments—forget the “Enlightenment”—have treated revisionists the way the American government treated Blacks. Those who “escape” the conformities of their society to challenge the historical lies about WWII are hunted down and imprisoned. The U.S. Government cooperates with the German State in extraditing revisionists to stand trial in Germany for thought crimes.

Like those Blacks who protested against human bondage, against legal forced segregation, against the suppression of their right to free speech for generations before Rosa Parks made her pivotal gesture, revisionists are going to have to go on with their work with no hope of winning their struggle to make of the Holocaust story a historical event that needs revision like the histories of all other historical events, rather than a religious one that must be believed.

We can do what we believe is the right thing again and again, but there is no way to know if it will help now, or any time in the future. Truth doesn’t always win. Individuals all over the world do the right thing, stand up for truth against the most brutal forms of oppression, and fail, and are never heard of again. Revisionists can argue that intellectual freedom is preferable to taboo and censorship, even (particularly) with regard to the Holocaust story.

Intellectual freedom. Only that. There is no simpler gesture I can make. Let’s just bloody talk about it! Let’s talk about it now, not sometime in the future. The future is a time of commonplace little tragedies.

3 Comments:

Blogger Holocaust Historiography Project said...

If "the comparison of the American civil rights movement with Holocaust revisionism is unavoidable," that's unfortunate, because the way Bradley does it, it is wrong-headed. The American civil rights movement was part of the pay-back for the original sin of bringing slaves to the colonies in the first place, but despite the name, it does not involve rights. Rights are something that are yours. "Civil rights" are something that someone else has to give up so the designated victim can have more than his share. If it hadn't been for the Cold War, we wouldn't have had a Civil Rights movement, as such, because during the Cold War the U.S. set out to prove that the "progressive" Soviet Union had nothing on us in terms of equality -- a false god if ever there was one. It's no surprise that Rosa Parks was a Communist, which also explains why she remains such a media darling. As such, the Civil Rights movement is driven by an ideology, no matter what the facts.

Holocaust revisionism, on the other hand, is -- as Bradley points out -- about intellectual freedom. That means it's the opposite of the Civil Rights (and all other progressive movements) in that in follows the facts, disregarding the ideology. This may at least partially explain why some revisionists don't call other revisionists to task about other beliefs or positions that should have nothing to do with Holocaust revisionism.

November 18, 2005 6:29 AM  
Blogger Holocaust Historiography Project said...

I should have mentioned in my first comment that I find it odd to claim that, "If Africans had been allowed to access a free press the moment they were off-loaded from the ships that brought them here in bondage, slavery would have ended where it began."

Slavery didn't begin in the New World, it began in the old. Arabs and negroes all enslaved one another (and whites, as well), and some of those slaves made their way to the colonies, where it might be argued that they and their descendants had a better life than the one they left. This doesn't make slavery good or right, of course, but it's not as if there was no slavery until whites arrived on the east coast of what would become the United States. Thus, it's difficult to understand how and why free press for slaves would have changed the behavior of the non-American slavers, half-way around the world.

Presumably, negros in Africa had the ability to say or print what they wanted, given that there was little or no governmental authority to suppress such freedom of speech. Yet, whatever was said or done 300 years ago in Africa apparently did nothing to abate slavery, as it continues to this day in some of the parts of Africa.

As as aside, it is worth noting that the average IQ of the African negro is somewhere between 70 and 80, some 20 points below the average IQ of white Americans. Some would argue that freedom of the press is going to mean less to those who can neither read nor write.

Finally, I will point out that while slavery hasn't ended elsewhere in the world, it has ended in the United States, even though the cost of doing so was tremendous. This doesn't excuse the fact there once was slavery, but it does show the character of a country, that it would go to such lengths to eradicate it. Is there any other country than can make a similar claim?

November 18, 2005 4:58 PM  
Blogger Bradley R. Smith said...

Well, I was careless with the language in suggesting that "slavery" began when the first Africans were off-loaded onto American docks. I should have said "American slavery."

November 18, 2005 7:13 PM  

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