Truth, History, and Integrity

Back in 2007 the notorious American Jewish right-wing organization, the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) announced that it recognised the events in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were massacred as “genocide.” The ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, insisted that he made the decision after discussing the matter with ‘historians’. For some reason he failed to mention who the historians were, nor did he refer to their credibility or field of scholarship. However, Foxman also consulted with one holocaust survivor who supported the decision.  It was Elie Wiesel, not known for being a leading world expert on the Armenian ordeal. 

The idea of a Zionist organization being genuinely concerned, or even slightly moved, by other people’s suffering could truly be a monumental transforming moment in Jewish history. However, this week we learned that the ADL is once again engaged in the dilemma of Armenian suffering. It is not convinced anymore that the Armenians suffered that much. It is now lobbying the American congress not to recognize the killings of Armenians as ‘genocide. This week saw the ADL speaking out against Congressional acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide, and is, instead, advocating Turkey’s call for a historical commission to study the events.”

How is it that an event that took place a century ago is causing such a furor? One day it is generally classified as ‘genocide’, the next, it is demoted to an ordinary instance of one man killing another. Was it an ‘historical document’ that, out of nowhere, popped out on Abe Foxman’s desk? Are there some new factual revelations that led to such a dramatic historical shift? l don’t think so.

The ADL’s behaviour is a glimpse into the notion of Jewish history and the Jewish understanding of the past.  For the nationalist and political Jew, history is a pragmatic tale, it is an elastic account. It is foreign to any scientific or academic method.  Jewish history transcends itself beyond factuality,  truthfulness or  correspondence rules with any given vision of reality.  It also repels integrity or ethics. It by far prefers total submission, instead of creative and critical thinking. Jewish history is a phantasmic tale that is there to make the Jews happy and the Goyim behave themselves. It is there to serve the interests of one tribe and that tribe only. In practice, from a Jewish perspective,  the decision whether there was an Armenian genocide or not is subject to Jewish interests: is it good for the Jews or is it good for Israel.

Interestingly enough, history is not a particularly ‘Jewish thing’. It is an established fact that not a single Jewish historical text has been written between the 1st century (Josephus Flavius) and early 19th century (Isaak Markus Jost). For almost 2 thousand years Jews were not interested in their own or anyone else’s past, at least not enough to chronicle it. As a matter of convenience, an adequate scrutiny of the past was never a primary concern within the Rabbinical tradition. One of the reasons is probably that there was no need for such a methodical effort. For the Jew who lived during ancient times and the Middle Ages, there was enough in the Bible to answer the most relevant questions to do with day-to-day life, Jewish meaning and fate. As Israeli historian Shlomo Sand puts it, “a secular chronological time was foreign to the ‘Diaspora time’ that was shaped by the anticipation for the coming of the Messiah.”

However, in the mid 19th century, in the light of secularisation, urbanisation, emancipation and due to the decreasing authority of the Rabbinical leaders, an emerging need of an alternative cause rose amongst the awakening European Jews. All of a sudden, the emancipated Jew had to decide who he was and where he came from. He also started to speculate what his role might be within the rapidly opening Western society.

This is where Jewish history in its modern form was invented. This is also where Judaism was transformed from a world religion into a ‘land registry’ with some clearly devastating racially orientated and expansionist implications. As we know, Shlomo Sand’s account of the ‘Jewish Nation’ as a fictional invention is yet to be challenged academically. However, the dismissal of factuality or commitment to truthfulness is actually symptomatic of any form of contemporary Jewish collective ideology and identity politics. The ADL’s treatment of the Armenian topic is just one example. The Zionist’s dismissal of a Palestinian past and heritage is just another example. But in fact any Jewish collective vision of the past is inherently Judeo-centric and  oblivious to any academic or scientific procedure.

When I Was Young

When I was young and naïve I regarded history as a serious academic matter. As I understood it, history had something to do with truth seeking, documents, chronology and facts. I was convinced that history aimed to convey a sensible account of the past based on methodical research. I also believed that it was premised on the assumption that understanding the past may throw some light over our present and even help us to shape a prospect of a better future.  I grew up in the Jewish state and it took me quite a while to understand that the Jewish historical narrative is very different. In the Jewish intellectual ghetto, one decides what the future ought to be, then one constructs ‘a past’ accordingly. Interestingly enough, this exact method is also prevalent amongst Marxists. They shape the past so it fits nicely into their vision of the future. As the old Russian joke says, “when the facts do not conform with the Marxist ideology, the Communist social scientists amend the facts (rather than revise the theory)”.

When I was young, I didn’t think that history was a matter of political decisions or agreements between a rabid Zionist lobby and its favorite holocaust survivor. I regarded historians as scholars who engaged in adequate research following some strict procedures. When I was young I even considered becoming an historian.

When I was young and naive I was also somehow convinced that what they told us about our ‘collective’ Jewish past really happened. I believed it all, the Kingdom of David, Massada, and then the Holocaust: the soap, the lampshade,1 the death march, the six million.

As it happened, it took me many years to understand that the Holocaust, the core belief of the contemporary Jewish faith, was not at all an historical narrative for historical narratives do not need the protection of the law and politicians. It took me years to grasp that my great-grandmother wasn’t made into a ‘soap’ or a ‘lampshade’.1 She probably perished out of exhaustion, typhus or maybe even by mass shooting. This was indeed bad and tragic enough, however not that different from the fate of many millions of Ukrainians who learned what communism meant for real. “Some of the worst mass murderers in history were Jews” writes Zionist Sever Plocker on the Israeli Ynet disclosing the Holodomor and Jewish involvement in this colossal crime, probably the greatest crime of the 20th century. The fate of my great-grandmother was not any different from hundreds of thousands of German civilians who died in an orchestrated indiscriminate bombing, because they were Germans. Similarly, people in Hiroshima died just because they were Japanese. 1 million Vietnamese died just because they were Vietnamese and 1.3 million Iraqis died because they were Iraqis. In short, the tragic circumstances of my great grandmother wasn’t that special after all.

It Doesn’t make sense

It took me years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense. Here is just one little anecdote to elaborate on:

If, for instance, the Nazis wanted the Jews out of their Reich (Judenrein - free of Jews), or even dead, as the Zionist narrative insists, how come they marched hundreds of thousands of them back into the Reich at the end of the war? I have been concerned with this simple question for more than a while. I eventually launched into an historical research of the topic and happened to learn from Israeli holocaust historian professor Israel Gutman that Jewish prisoners actually joined the march voluntarily. Here is a testimony taken from Gutman’s book

One of my friends and relatives in the camp came to me on the night of the evacuation and offered a common hiding place somewhere on the way from the camp to the factory. …The intention was to leave the camp with one of the convoys and to escape near the gate, using the darkness we thought to go a little far from the camp. The temptation was very strong. And yet, after I considered it all  I then decided to join (the march) with all the other inmates and to share their fate.2

I am left puzzled here; if the Nazis ran a death factory in Auschwitz-Birkenau, why would the Jewish prisoners join them at the end of the war? Why didn’t the Jews wait for their Red liberators?

I think that 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we must be entitled to start to ask the necessary questions. We should ask for some conclusive historical evidence and arguments rather than follow a religious narrative that is sustained by political pressure and laws. We should strip the holocaust of its Judeo-centric exceptional status and treat it as an historical chapter that belongs to a certain time and place

65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz we should reclaim our history and ask why? Why were the Jews hated? Why did European people  stand up against their next-door neighbours? Why are the Jews hated in the Middle East, surely they had a chance to open a new page in their troubled history? If they genuinely planned to do so, as the early Zionists claimed, why did they fail? Why did America tighten its immigration laws amid the growing danger to European Jews? We should also ask for what purpose do the holocaust denial laws serve? What is the holocaust religion there to conceal? As long as we fail to ask questions, we will be subjected to Zionists and their Neocons agents’ plots. We will continue killing in the name of Jewish suffering. We will maintain our complicity in Western imperialist crimes against humanity.

As devastating as it may be, at a certain moment in time, a horrible chapter was given an exceptionally meta-historical status. Its ‘factuality’ was sealed by draconian laws and its reasoning was secured by social and political settings. The Holocaust  became the new Western religion.  Unfortunately, it is the most sinister religion known to man. It is a license to kill, to flatten, no nuke, to wipe, to rape, to loot and to ethnically cleanse. It made vengeance and revenge into a Western value. However, far more concerning is the fact that it robs humanity of its heritage, it is there to stop us from looking into our past with dignity. Holocaust religion robs humanity of its humanism. For the sake of peace and future generations, the holocaust must be stripped of its exceptional status immediately. It must be subjected to thorough historical scrutiny. Truth and truth seeking is an elementary human experience. It must prevail.

  1. During WWII and after it was widely believed that soaps and lampshades were being mass produced from the bodies of Jewish victims. In recent years the Israeli Holocaust museum admitted that there was no truth in any of those accusations. [] []
  2. Israel Gutman (editor), People and Ashes: Book Auschwitz-Birkenau (Merhavia, 1957). []

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz@onetel.net.uk. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.

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  1. cweinblatt said on March 13th, 2010 at 12:22pm #

    I’ll try to answer some of your questions, based upon my research:

    1. Jews (and other prisoners) were marced out of concentration camps near the end of the war, as those camps were in danger of Allied occupation. They were force-“marched into Germany” to the only remaining Nazi concentration camps that were still open.

    2. Jewish prisoners were forced to march out of Auschwitz as the Russian Army approached. Jews had no coice about going with the Germans as at least two armed companies forced them at gunpoint to march. There was no choice. Either you marched, or you were shot.

    No event in human history has been studied as thoroughly and carefully than the Holocaust. Thousands of thesis and dissertations papers have poured over mountains of data, from physical evidence and anecdotal testimony to captured German war documents. Virtually everyone with a PhD in History will stake their career on the fact that millions of Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany. One can no more “revise” this fact than one can revise the existence of gravity. Wannsee Conference records prove that Nazis planned the extermination of Jews as, “The Final Solution.” German concentration camp records prove that it was carried out.

    You say, “IF Auschwitz was a death factory…” as though there was uncertainty about it. I know people who were incarcerated at Auschwitz. I researched it for fove years. There is no “if” about it.

    Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize genocide we send a critical message to the world. As we continue to live in an age of genocide and ethnic cleansing, we must repel the broken ethics of our ancestors, or risk a dreadful repeat of past transgressions.

    Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. Deniers seek to distort the truth in a way that promotes antagonism against the object of their hatred, or to deny the culpability of their ancestors and heroes.

    Museums and mandatory public education are tools to dispel bigotry, especially racial and ethnic hatred. Books, plays, films and presentations can reinforce the veracity of past and present genocides. They help to tell the true story of the perpetrators of genocide; and they reveal the abject terror, humiliation and degradation resulting from prejudice. It is therefore essential that we disclose the factual brutality and horror of genocide, combating the deniers’ virulent, inaccurate historical revision. We must protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes.

    A world that continues to allow genocide requires ethical remediation. We must insist that religious, racial, ethnic, gender and orientation persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny’s only hope. Only through such efforts can we reveal the true horror of genocide and promote the triumphant spirit of humankind.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, “Jacob’s Courage”
    http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/

  2. Rehmat said on March 13th, 2010 at 2:34pm #

    Personally, I tends to agree with Dr. Norman Finkelstein mother’s interpretation of Holocaust: “Jews or anyone else doesn’t has the monopoly over Holocaust.”

    Jewish religious text mention two Jewish Holocausts carried out by Romans. According to Jewish holy book Talmud (Gittin 57b): “Four billion Jews were killed by the Romans in the city of Bethar – While Gittin 58a claims that sixteen million Jewish children were wrapped in scrolls and burned alive by the Romans. The Book of Esther tells the story behind Jewish festive holiday of Purim, which is based on the slaughter of 75,000 non-Jewish Persians on the order of King Ahasueros (Xerxes) on the advice of his Jewish Queen Esther and Jewish prime minister Mordecai.

    Holocausts – Too many to remember
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/holocausts-too-many-to-remember/

    Ironically, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama – during their election campaign promised the one million US-Armenian citizens that if elected – they would recognize the Armenian genocide as “holocaust” – but the citizens were reminded by the Israeli lobby, ADL’s president Abraham Foxman that the word “Holocaust” is reserved for the Jewish mass-killings. only. Abe even refused to accept Armenian tragedy as ‘genocide’ – resulting in several Jewish leaders demanded that he should step-down as the head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Abe cooperated with Kemalist Army in 2007 to kill the ‘Armenian Genocide Bill’ in the Congress to hide Jewish involvement in this WW I ‘false flage’ operation for which Turk Muslims are being blamed till today.

    President Obama shed crocodile tears while attending Jewish holocaust memorial ceremonies in April 2009 – but did not mention the Palestinian Holocaust carried out by the Zionazi state just a few months earlier. Obama just became the third US President to receive Nobel Peace Prize for serving the cause of Israel.

    Armenia’s forgotten holocaust
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/armenias-forgotten-holocaust/

  3. bozh said on March 13th, 2010 at 2:47pm #

    Socialists and communists have always criticized ‘religion’ because, in their and in my eyes, priests were strongly anti an egalitarian society.
    I am more against mosheism than christianity and islam because of the three cults, mosheism and its other sibblings of pure evil like mishnah, judaism, and talmudism is the worst imaginable cult.

    Islam is the worst in treatment of women and other poor muslims, but is much less dangerous to the exsistence of the world than the other two cults.

    All three cults derive ‘knowledge’ a priori; i.e., from thinking rather than experience.
    Science first looks then theorizes; ‘religions’ first take a guess and then look, but only at events that support their initial guesses; facts that deduct from their theories are always diregarded.
    Curioso appears that they all run to a hospital when sick, but not to their almighties; which proves that they do not believe in own theories.
    So, in short, it is a science [quest for knowledge] against another science. Which are bound to clash forever. What a way to live?? And in add’n, the three cults will also forever fight one another.
    Can these people get more unsane? Yes, they can! Expect anything from them!

  4. kalidas said on March 13th, 2010 at 5:24pm #

    “Jacob’s Courage” is a work of fiction.
    Is it not?

  5. Rehmat said on March 13th, 2010 at 7:08pm #

    kalidas – it seems your knowledge of women rights in Islam is based on Daniel Pipes or some Hindu Brahmin who are known for using naked women (Devdasi) for the pleasure of their gods.

    Women have been oppressed all around the world, religiously (Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and culturally for centuries. So is the case in the abuse of women’s rights in various cultures prevailent in the Muslim world. However, no honest and educated person could blame Islam for such abuses. Islam liberated women over 1400 years ago – at the time when the women were treated as a male property with no legal rights in the so-called “Western Civilization”. Find out the truth here and watch a video at the end of this post.

    How many westerners know that American women were NOT allowed to vote until August 26, 1920? The US Constitution was amended (Amendment 19), which allowed the women to vote in both state and presidential elections. Women in western countries were given the rights to vote – in Norway (1913), in Britain and Canada (1918), in Germany (1919), in France (1944), in Italy (1945), in Greece (1952) and in Switzerland (1971). German Chancellor Markel is the first women head of state of that country. The world is waiting to see a woman lead the government in the US, France, Australia and Russia. Contrary to that, women had been the leaders of the governments in Muslim countries, such as, Pakistan, Bangladesh (its current prime minister is a woman), Indonesia and Turkey.

    Women in Islamic Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Bosnia, Hizb’Allah and Hamas can be found in leading positions in almost every sector of the society, such as education, healthcare, CEOs, government, parliament, judiciary and police. Women are recruited in Armed Forces of several Muslim nation-states – but with the exception of Islamic, they are not allowed to participate in active duty during a war. In order to combat sexual abuses in male-dominated military – Islamic Iran has created an independent Women Armed Force with its own commanding officer who is answerable only to the Spiritual Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, who, under Iranian Constitution, is the C-in-C of Iranian Armed Forces. In comparasion, the so-called “Women equality” promoter, the US – its Armed forces (200,000-women-strong) – is reported to have one out of every three female soldier experienced sexual abuse as compared to one in six women in the civilian world (CBS News).

    United States has world’s highest numbers of its citizen in jails (7.3 million) of which women are in majority. United States also tops the latest World Divorce Rate (4.95% per 1000 people) while Qatar (12th position) has the highest divorce rate of (0.97% per 1000 people) among the Muslim countries. United States also has the highest numbers of female prostitutes and according to Amnesty International, over 50,000 foreign women are added yearly. Israel has the distiction of being the only country in the world where legalized sex-slavery is practiced and the world’s largest numbers of brothels (280) in one city – Tel aviv. Canada is No.5, United States is No.9 , UK No.13 and France No.15 in world’s rape record. The US also has the highest numbers of battered women (over 7 million) – and while the country boast for having 3,800 annimal shelters, it has only 1,500 for the battered women. In a government survey, it was found that the upper-caste Hindus out-number Muslims (5.8% to 5.6%) in polygamy in India. According to some experts, over 50,000 American Christians practice polygamy.

    Liberating Muslim Women
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/liberating-muslim-women/

  6. Rehmat said on March 13th, 2010 at 7:10pm #

    Sorry my above response was for bozh’s rant.

  7. mary said on March 14th, 2010 at 1:17am #

    Be very afraid.

    Bliar, the murdering monster, is to tour A M E R I K A with his Faith Foundation spending an allocated £4.5m to ‘unite faiths’. He has acquired some very strange connections.

    Delusions of grandeur? Chutzpah? Or just insane?

    See the connection of Clinton and Stronach. Stronach’s father is the founder of the car parts conglomerate, Magna International, that was involved in a proposed takeover of GM. She flew Bliar to Canada in her private jet when he launched his ghastly Faith Foundation using Messianic imagery.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/mar/14/tony-blair-faith-foundation-america

  8. bozh said on March 14th, 2010 at 8:09am #

    In s.arabia cutting a hand for ‘illegal’ stealing appears a cruel and unusual punishment while ‘legal’ [laws written by theocrats] stealing is OK and the biggest thieves are rewarded with titles like beys, deys, amirs, princes, kings, aghas.
    There is also much hatred btwn shias and sunnis; over stupidest things. Not that christianity or ‘jewish’ cults are any better at hatred of and rage at all other cults.
    To rehmat this is ranting. But not to me. Islam had also helped to destroy the most egalitarian arab society in all arab world: that of iraq.
    Iraqi women had as much rights as some western women. In ’91, arab countries even joined US to fight just that.
    However, christo-islamo-judaic ad hoc alliance joined hands once again in ’03 to destroy this society.

    Islamo-cultists cannot see thse events. So they rage against anyone who sees it and writes ab the injsutices of all ‘religions': a science dominated by clazy umma, ulema, imams, muftis, caliphs.
    God saves us from such unsane and bitter-hating-raging men!

  9. kalidas said on March 14th, 2010 at 12:44pm #

    “Truth needs no law to support it. Truth is self-evident to all. Truth withstands re-examination. Truth survives questions.
    Throughout history, from Galileo to Zundel, only lies and liars have resorted to the courts to enforce adherence to dogma.

    At the close of World War 2 the Zionists faced a formidable public relations problem. The world had just united against Hitler on the principle that one nation does not have a right to simply march into another nation and steal if for their own use.

    And yet that is exact;y what the founders of Israel were planning to do, to match into Palestine and steal it for Israel.

    The Zionists’ task was to convince the world that what Germany could not be allowed to do to Poland, Israel must be allowed to do to Palestine. The Zionists needed a public relations tool powerful enough to trick the rest of the world into abandoning the very principles they had spent so much blood and gold on.

    So, the slave-labor camps of the Nazis were propagandized into death camps; their enslaved populations portrayed as primarily Jewish, delousing became gassing, and the entire grizzly horror story decorated with hoaxes about soap made from human fat, lampshades made from human skin, mysterious electrical rays that caused bodies to vanish, and so forth. Rudolph Hoess was beaten into “confessing” how Jews were deliberately exterminated at Camp Walzcak.

    So the world, ignoring Hitler’s warning about falling for the “Big Lie”, stood back and allowed Israel to do to Palestine what Hitler was crushed for doing to Poland and France, etc. Indeed Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians continue to this very day, protected from the world’s condemnation by endless Hollywood images of the orthodox tale of WW2.

    Time makes ancient truth uncouth. We know that Ramses II lied when he carved his temples to show a victory over the Hittites at Kadesh. We know that JBL lied about torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin. We know Bush lied about Saddam’s ‘nooks.”

    The great lies of history rarely survive for very long outside their own time.

    Laboratory tests show the soap supposedly made from human fat contains very little fat, and that it came from pigs (a major embarrassment for all those graveyards that gave bars of soap funerals). Lab test showed the lampshades were made from goats. The shrunken heads displayed as trophies made by death camp commanders turned out to be souvenirs from South America totally unrelated to Hitler’s time. There was no magic electrical machine that made bodies vanish. Ground penetrating radar shows no mass graves at Treblinka. Zyklon-B is an insecticide. The crematorium at Auschwitz was built AFTER the war to deal with the still-raging Typhus epidemics which were the real cause of the death and emaciation at the German camps. And the Camp Walczak testified to by Hoess never existed.”
    -Mike Rivero

  10. Rehmat said on March 14th, 2010 at 1:31pm #

    Europe’s White Supremacy and Communism were the two common bond which united Zionists and the apartheid government in South Africa even before the establishment of Israel in 1948. John Henrik Clarke wrote in ‘Israel and South Africa’: “Both Israel and White South Africa are artificial settler states created by the political backwash of Europe. While mentally and culturally they are part of Europe, they are removed from it geographically. This is the basis of the schizophrenia that prevails in Israel and South Africa. These European settlers are involved in a perpetual contradiction. They are stubbornly trying to establish a nationality in nations that never belonged to them. They are doing this at the expense of the indigenous population in the countries where they have settled…..Within ten years of its establishment, Israel had more goodwill in Africa than any other White-controlled nation. By November 1973, most of this goodwill had been lost and nations of Africa, like the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Zaire, and Liberia had broken off diplomatic relations with the state of Israel – not because of their love for the oppressed Palestinians – but after their relalization that the Israelis in Africa were no different from other Whites who wanted to control the resources of this vast continent by any means necessar……The formation of a Jewish state was not seriously considered until the imperialists of Europe found a way to benefit from its creation. Theodor Herz, the founder of Political Zionism, promised his colonial sponsors that the Jewish state was destined to “form a part of a wall of defense for Europe in Asia, an outpost of civilization against barbarism”…….”

    Israel’s roots of anti-Semitism, Racism and Communism
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/israels-roots-of-anti-semitism-racism-and-communism/