The Holocaust. One of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind. The systemic murder of Nazi Germany’s “enemies of the state”, not to mention torture, beatings, and forced labor. Millions perished, while many more managed to survive due to the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich and the liberation of the concentration camps and other places where Nazi atrocities occurred. But those who did survive would carry physical and emotional scars for their rest of their lives. The Holocaust also led to a new word in the dictionary- genocide.
Despite the photos, video footage, and various accounts, there are those who question the number of deaths the Holocaust produced, or that the Holocaust itself was a hoax. Some even flat out deny that the Holocaust even took place. Some of these Holocaust deniers use the term “Holocaust revisionists” to sound more scholarly or analytical (perhaps they are trying to be politically correct). Those who deny the Holocaust include white supremacists and most of the Muslim world. And there are attempts to appease such individuals. Such methods range from Common Core assignments on if the Holocaust took place to some teachers not teaching about the Holocaust in order to avoid offending Muslim students.
So how (and why) do these people claim that the Holocaust never took place? Some of them claim that the figures of the death toll were exaggerated. Others claim there was never any attempt by the Nazis to systemically kill millions of people. Still others say that the Holocaust was nothing but a myth via Jewish propaganda in order to establish the state of Israel.
But these claims are nothing more than conspiracy theories, and the truth is the Holocaust did take place. The evidence is overwhelming- written documents, eyewitness testimony, photographs, and the camps (as well as hospitals). Also, if millions of people were not killed, then what happened to them?
Then there is the issue of the death toll figures. As previously mentioned, Holocaust deniers claim the number of people who died is exaggerated. They go on to say that the number keeps changing (e.g. from 6 million to 12 million to 20 million). But what they are actually doing is focusing solely on the number of Jews who perished (keep in mind most of these Holocaust deniers are anti-Semites). And while making such arguments, they leave out the number of Christians who died, thus leading some people to think the Holocaust was only directed toward the Jews (and therefore resulting in a few of them believing it was just propaganda).
So here are the estimated figures: 20 million people perished in the Holocaust. Six million of them were Jews. The other 14 million were Christians. And whether they were Jewish or Christian, those who perished consisted of leftists, ethnic minorities, physically and mentally handicapped, POWs, etc.
But even though Christians outnumbered Jews in the death toll figures, the Jews were the main target of the Third Reich.
So if you encounter someone who denies the Holocaust took place (particularly if they say it was Jewish propaganda or if they twist the numbers), simply point out to them the actual figures.
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