Deprogramming The Masses Since 1547

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Resource Goal
To show the Chanichim the importance of keeping the memories of Holocaust survivors alive and learning the arguments of Holocaust deniers and how to refute them.

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Deprogramming the Masses Since 1547

By David Zurndorfer

Noseh: Yom HaShoa and Holocaust Denial

Goals:

1. The chanichim should realize the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust going, after all the survivors have passed on.

2. The chanichim should understand how dangerous and sneaky Holocaust Denial can be.

Chevraya: Bet

Peula:

Read the attached passage about the Earth. (found at the end of the Peula) about the Flat Earth Society

Sicha: After you or the chanichim have read the passages, (and theyve finished laughing, or making faces) ask them if they think these were made up or were they actually written. In fact, they were written by real people who actually believe what they wrote. Pretty ridiculous what some people will believe, right? Can you prove to me that the Earth is round? Unless they know advanced physics, the chanichim will not be able to prove this. So if you cant prove they it, why do you believe it? They may give various answers here. You should direct them to the idea of Mesorah. For instance, Galileo and other physicists proved scientifically that the Earth was round. They passed this idea around to others until almost everyone believed that the Earth is round. We believe it nowadays, because others before us were able to prove it. They passed it onto their children, and the process repeated itself until it reached us. Its amazing that some people can still deny such an obvious fact, and it seems just plain silly. Unfortunately, it is not the only obvious fact that people deny nowadays. There are some people who deny that the Holocaust even happened. And these people are doing it in a much more sophisticated manner than you think. Can you laugh this off as easily as the Flat Earthers? This information is from a scary site called ihr.org (the Institute for Historical Review- sound very academic, doesnt it?):

Split the chanichim into pairs. Each one should get one of the following statements (theyre in cut-outable form at the end of the peula), read it, and take some time to think up a rebuttal.

1. Notwithstanding the capture of literally tons of German documents after the war, no one can point to documentary evidence of a wartime extermination order, plan or program.

2. At the postwar Nuremberg Tribunal, the Allies charged that the Germans exterminated four million people at Auschwitz. Today no reputable historian, not even those who generally accept the extermination story, believes this figure. Israeli Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer said in 1989 that it is time to finally acknowledge the familiar four million figure is a deliberate myth. . In July 1990 the AuschwitzStateMuseum in Poland, along with Israel's YadVashemHolocaustCenter, suddenly announced that altogether perhaps one million people (both Jews and non-Jews) died there.

3. Many thousands of secret German documents dealing with Auschwitz were confiscated after the war by the Allies. Not a single one refers to a policy or program of extermination. In fact, the extermination story cannot be reconciled with the documentary evidence.

4. It is often claimed that all Jews at Auschwitz who were unable to work were immediately killed. Jews who were too old, young, sick, or weak were supposedly gassed on arrival, and only those who could be worked to death were temporarily kept alive. But the evidence shows that, in fact, a very high percentage of the Jewish inmates were not able to work, and were nevertheless not killed. For example, an internal German telex message dated Sept. 4, 1943, from the chief of the Labor Allocation department of the SS Economic and Administrative Main Office (WVHA), reported that of 25,000 Jewish inmates in Auschwitz, only 3,581 were able to work, and that all of the remaining Jewish inmates -- some 21,500, or about 86 percent -- were unable to work.

5. The Holocaust extermination story is superficially plausible. Everyone has seen the horrific photos of dead and dying inmates taken at Bergen-Belsen, Nordhausen and other concentration camps when they were liberated by British and American forces in the final weeks of the war in Europe. These unfortunate people were victims, not of an extermination program, but of disease and malnutrition brought on by the complete collapse of Germany in the final months of the war. Indeed, if there had been an extermination program, the Jews found by Allied forces at the end of the war would have long since been killed.

6. Jewish historian Arno J. Mayer, a PrincetonUniversity professor, wrote in his 1988 study Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?: The 'Final Solution" in History': ... From 1942 to 1945, certainly at Auschwitz, but probably overall, more Jews were killed by so-called 'natural' causes than by 'unnatural' ones."

7. Cremation specialists have confirmed that thousands of corpses could not possibly have been cremated every day throughout the spring and summer of 1944 at Auschwitz, as commonly alleged.

For example, Mr. Ivan Lagace, manager of a large crematory in Calgary, Canada, testified in court in April 1988 that the Auschwitz cremation story is technically impossible. The allegation that 10,000 or even 20,000 corpses were burned every day at Auschwitz in the summer of 1944 in crematories and open pits is simply "preposterous" and "beyond the realm of reality," he declared under oath.

8. America's leading gas chamber expert, Boston engineer Fred A. Leuchter, carefully examined the supposed "gas chambers" in Poland and concluded that the Auschwitz gassing story is absurd and technically impossible.

Leuchter is the foremost specialist on the design and installation of gas chambers used in the United States to execute convicted criminals. For example, he designed a gas chamber facility for the Missouri state penitentiary.

Have the chanichim read out their statements, and present their arguments. Other chanichim should contribute additional arguments if they can think of them, or challenge whether the arguments presented are good. How well are we able to formulate rebuttals against these things? Some thing to point out- their technique is 1) to very selectively quote. They especially like to quote Jews, because is adds legitimacy. At some point in the website, they quote the former Chief Rabbi of England, who certainly did not agree with their views, for one specific point they make. 2) They focus on specific points where they can expose holes, but they dont face the most fundamental questions. By nitpicking on specific details, they hope to throw the whole story out. If scholars now say that there were 3 million killed in Auschwitz, and not 4 million as used to be claimed, theyve scored a victory in their eyes. Ummmm. 3 million is still a pretty big number? What were Jews doing in these camps? Why were they getting killed at all? The technique is to carefully stay away from the whole picture and focus on very specific details. Ok, even if we have some answers- Did they make you doubt things at all? Did they make you nervous? Do you think these arguments are effective for non-Jews? What is the agenda behind this?

Heres another quote to read from the same website, where the Holocaust deniers talk about what they think is the motivation behind the Holocaust hoax.

The perpetual Holocaust media blitz is routinely used to justify enormous American support for Israel and to excuse otherwise inexcusable Israeli policies, even when they conflict with American interests.

The sophisticated and well-financed Holocaust media campaign is crucially important to the interests of Israel, which owes its existence to massive annual subsidies from American taxpayers. As Prof. W.D. Rubinstein of Australia has candidly acknowledged: "If the Holocaust can be shown to be a ÔZionist myth,' the strongest of all weapons in Israel's propaganda armory collapses." (note 12)

Jewish history teacher Paula Hyman of ColumbiaUniversity has observed: "With regard to Israel, the Holocaust may be used to forestall political criticism and suppress debate; it reinforces the sense of Jews as an eternally beleaguered people who can rely for their defense only upon themselves. The invocation of the suffering endured by the Jews under the Nazis often takes the place of rational argument, and is expected to convince doubters of the legitimacy of current Israeli government policy." (note 13)

What is this really about? What do they hope to undermine by undermining the Holocaust?

Todays Holocaust deniers seem to aim to legitimize the state of Israel. The Holocaust was made up in order to excuse Israels inexcusable policies. According to them, the Holocaust is the reason that America supports Israel. This is a bigger discussion about modern anti-semitism and anti-Zionism that you might want to touch on now- how Antisemitism is now disguised as criticism of Israels inhumane treatment of the Palestinians.

What should we do to combat this?

Right now there are people who experienced the Holocaust first hand and are willing to tell everyone their story. However, the generation that lived through the Holocaust is passing on, and soon enough, unfortunately, there wont be any first hand witnesses. They will not be able to tell their stories to those around them. Then how will people know what happened in the Holocaust? Can we assume that they will just read about it? We must take this responsibility upon ourselves to gather as much information from the Holocaust survivors, so we can be the ones to pass it onto the next generation. We must not forget and make sure that others do not forget as well. We must make sure that the lies that are being spread around do not continue to spread around anymore. We must remember what happened to six million Jews who were living comfortably in a land that was not theirs. Although we hope that nothing of this sort ever happens again, we must always be aware that many Jews, including ourselves, comfortably live in a land that is not theirs. We must realize that living in a land of our own, with our own army, is the only way to guarantee our future existence. Never again will we be subject to the whims of those around us.


The Flat Earth Society

For centuries, mankind knew all there was to know about the shape of the Earth. It was a flat planet, shaped roughly like a circle, with lots of pointy things hanging down from the underside. On the comparatively smooth topside, Europe sat in the middle of the circle, with the other continents scattered about the fringes, and parts of Africa hanging over the edge. The oceans lapped against the sides of the Earth, and in places ran over, creating currents that would pull over the edge ships that ventured too far out to seaThen, in the year of our Lord fourteen-hundred and ninety-two, it all changed. For decades a small band of self-proclaimed "enlightened" individuals had been spouting their heretical nonsense that the Earth was in fact round. Citing "proof" based on nothing more than assumptions, half-truths and blind guesses, they dazzled the populace with their " . . . undeniable mathematical and scientific evidence . . . that the world is shaped not like a pancake, but an orange!"

Rightly wishing to dispel notions regarding the alleged citrus-like shape of our planet, the Church was able to either silence or execute nearly all the fanatics. But a small handful remained, continuing to spread their blasphemous speeches and to promote their heretical ideals involving the very center of the universe. One of their number, who called himself Grigori Efimovich, would later be known to the rest of the world as Christopher Columbus. Using an elaborate setup involving hundreds of mirrors and a few burlap sacks, he was able to create an illusion so convincing that it was actually believed he had sailed around the entire planet and landed in the West Indies. As we now know, he did not. What Efimovich actually did was sail across the Atlantic Ocean to a previously undiscovered continent, North America, and even then only to a small island off the coast. It took him several years more even to "discover" his blunder and claim it as a " . . . new world". But the damage had already been done, and mankind entered into what we now call its "Dark Ages" . . .

Enter the Flat Earth Society. For over five hundred years humanity has believed the "round Earth" teachings of Efimovich and his followers. But all hope is not lost. For through all that time, a small but diligent band of individuals have preserved the knowledge of our planet's true shape. And now, after centuries in the Dark Ages, we believe that mankind as a whole is once again ready to embrace the truth that has forever been the Flat Earth Society. Using whatever means are deemed necessary and relying heavily on a callous disregard for the lives and well-being of our members, we have slowly but steadily been spreading the news.

But why? Why do we say the Earth is flat, when the vast majority says otherwise? Because we know the truth.



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