Kevin’s shameful Holocaust game
KEVIN Myers remarks (‘I'm a holocaust denier, but I also believe the Nazis planned the extermination of the Jewish people’, Irish Independent, March 4) that six million was a “round estimate” of the number of Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps, and has no documentary basis.
He is in error. The six million number was Adolf Eichmann's estimate.
There have been a number of efforts to estimate the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis, using both documentary evidence and comparisons of censuses, and the six million number has held up fairly well.
Raul Hilberg's ‘The Destruction of the European Jews’ estimates 5.1 million. Martin Gilbert's ‘Atlas of the Holocaust’ estimates 5.7 million. Yehuda Bauer and Robert Rozett's ‘Estimated Jewish Losses in the Holocaust’ in the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust estimates between 5.6 and 5.9 million.
Lucy Dawidowicz's ‘The War Against the Jews’ estimates about 5.9 million.
Mr Myers is also incorrect when he claims that most Jews were not murdered in the concentration camps.
According to Yad Vashem, these are the numbers for the major concentration camps:
Auschwitz-Birkenau: 1.4 million Treblinka: 870,000 Belzec: 600,000 Majdanek: 360,000 Chelmno: 320,000 Sobibor: 250,000 That adds up to 3.8 million, which is between two-thirds and three-quarters of the total Jewish victims. Mr Myers’ more general comments about the Holocaust are simply shameful and disingenuous. His use of ‘Holocaust denial’ is mostly word games about whether ‘Holocaust’ is really etymologically correct.
Genocide is not something to play little word games with, and Mr Myers ought to be ashamed of himself. WILLIAM SJOSTROM WHITEGATE, CO CORK