Sorry, I forgot to post last week, so here’s info about both this new episode of I Don’t Speak German and the last episode. It’s fitting because they’re two parts of one topic.
Episode 16 is on the Errol Morris documentary film Mr Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jnr. It’s about the Holocaust Denier Leuchter and his connections with other deniers such as Richard Irving.
And Episode 17 is on Holocaust Denial Today, back on our normal beat.
Content Warnings Apply for the Episodes and for the Notes Below
Show Notes for Ep 16:
Matt Shea connection to Christian Identity in 2018 (Ad-heavy but with good detail)
The Nizkor Project (it’s okay to click through)
“First of all, consider the implicit conspiracy theory. Notice how the testimony of every single inmate of every Nazi camp is automatically dismissed as unconvincing. This total dismissal of inmates’ testimony, along with the equally-total dismissal of the Nazis’ own testimony (!), is the largest unspoken assumption of Holocaust-denial.
This assumption, which is not often spelled out, is that the attempted Jewish genocide never took place, but rather that a secret conspiracy of Jews, starting around 1941, planted and forged myriad documents to prove that it did; then, after the war, they rounded up all the camp survivors and told them what to say.”
“The conspirators also supposedly managed to torture hundreds of key Nazis into confessing to crimes which they never committed, or into framing their fellow Nazis for those crimes, and to plant hundreds of documents in Nazi files which were never discovered until after the war, and only then, in many cases, by sheer luck.
“Regarding postwar testimony from Nazis, were they all tortured into confessing to heinous crimes which they supposedly did not commit? This might be believable if only a few Nazis were captured after the war, or maybe if some had courageously stood up in court and shouted to the world about the supposed attempt to silence them. But hundreds testified regarding the Holocaust, in trials dating from late 1945 until the 1960s.”