Kevin’s shame­ful Holo­caust game

Irish Independent - - Comment -

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

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