Let’s continue reverse debunking the ADL.
In part one I revealed how the ADL used out of context quotes and deceptive translations to try to make it seem like Hitler was contemplating annihilating the Jews as early as 1919. In reality Hitler was talking about removing Jews from Germany, not murdering them.
In the following paragraph the ADL provides some more evidence that Hitler wanted Jews out of Germany. Why else would he implement measures that excluded Jews from Germany society? When talking about these measures Holocaust affirmers like the ADL will never bring up the Haavara Agreement, a policy that enabled the migration of about 60,000 Jews from Germany to Palestine in 1933-1939. Why would Hitler send Jews out of the country if he wanted to murder them all?
I looked up the source of ADL’s statement that “Hitler maintained that “the Jewish question” was the “pivotal question” for his party and would be solved “with well-known German thoroughness to the final consequence.” It is from Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, edited by Israel Gutman. The book does not cite individual claims, rather, it just has a bibliography at the end of each section. If one were to try find a source for this claim that Hitler fantasized about publicly hanging every Jew in Germany they’d have to go through every book listed in the bibliography. That is assuming there is even a source for this outlandish claim.
Encyclopedia of the Holocaust is the perfect reference for the ADL. Because of the way the book is structured, with no direct sources to claims, it can make all sorts of assertions without being easily fact checked. The ADL’s rebuttal to the Holocaust Denier Myth #1 has eight paragraphs and the book is cited seven times. Just because a claim has a citation doesn’t mean it’s true. It is important to look up sources and a great resource for doing that is the Internet Archive.
Back to the claim the ADL is making. According to the ADL’s own source, the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, ‘final consequences’ was expressed with terms that meant ‘removal’ and ‘expulsion’. This is further evidence that Hitler’s solution was one of deportation, not genocide. Encyclopedia of the Holocaust then says that Hitler’s language became more ominous when he compared the Jew to ‘racial tuberculosis’. Thus the reader is invited to jump to conclusions about Hitler being genocidal. Encyclopedia of the Holocaust also wants you to temporarily forget about the fact that people often use hyperbole and metaphors in speech.
If one wanted to find an actual example of a call for genocide then one need look no further than the book Germany Must Perish!, by Jewish author, Theodore Kaufman. From Wikipedia, “The book advocated genocide through the sterilization of all Germans and the territorial dismemberment of Germany, believing that this would achieve world peace.” Below are a few pages from the book which describe the German people as barbaric and uncivilized and a threat to world peace by their mere existence. As you can see the person making notes in this book was shocked by what they were reading.
I’m only a quarter through the ADL’s Holocaust Denier Myth #1 and I’ve been given the opportunity to present an array of teachable moments. Thanks ADL!
Continue to part three.