A couple of days ago I posted about the possibility that the Swedish writer Jan Milld could be a Holocaust-denier, as pointed out by IceViking. By doing so I got myself into a mess of hot water with certain Swedes — if you stuck around long enough to see the slugfest in the comments, you know the ones I’m talking about.
According to the dissenters on this topic, I am either:
|1.||A fool and a dupe, or|
|2.||A deliberate and cowardly suppressor of the truth, possibly motivated by incipient dhimmitude, or|
|3.||Some combination of #1 and #2.|
There’s no use arguing with #2 — it’s an are-you-still-beating-your-wife kind of accusation, so that denying it makes one look even guiltier.
But as for #1, I’ll buy the possibility that I’m a fool, that I’m deluded, and that I’m being used by people with sinister motives.
I received yet another vituperative email from one of the Swedes this afternoon on this topic. He included massive amounts of documentation to buttress his case; unfortunately for me, virtually all of it was in Swedish.
Here’s my reply to him:
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I’m willing to accept the possibility that I have been fooled, hoodwinked, had the wool pulled over my eyes, and been led down the primrose path. That may well be true.
But you won’t convince me by fussing at me and insulting me.
If you want to have an effect, send me material (or send me a link to material) that is in clear coherent English, and that supports your assertions.
That’s what IceViking did. I posted his information. I made no serious judgments about Milld, only that his statement about the gas chambers in Auschwitz was highly suspect.
Send me your information (Readable! And in English!) and I will post a rebuttal. I try to be fair with my readers, especially when the language barrier prevents me from discovering the material myself.
Warning: proving that IceViking is a philo-Semite, or Jewish, or a Zionist, or in the pay of the Mossad will not convince me that you are right. He could be an actual Elder of Zion, and his facts could still be true. Discrediting the source is not an effective argument.
I only want to see a clear refutation of the assertion the Milld is a holocaust-denier. No ad hominem attacks on IceViking are of interest to me.
If you can’t do that, then you had best let this matter drop, since I am going to ignore further email on this topic if it lacks supporting information in English.
Because I am not Swedish and do not speak Swedish nor understand Swedish culture deeply, I can’t make an independent judgment about the case of Jan Milld. I have to rely on translators and my helpful contacts in Sweden.
But, if I were dealing with an American who asserted the same things that Mr. Milld did, I would find two of his statements highly indicative:
|1.||He asserted that there was no “technical evidence”, only the testimony of witnesses, to support the existence of any gas chambers at Auschwitz.|
|2.||He said (in translation), “The most important thing is that we in the future try to avoid that more Jews have to die. As well as Russians, Palestinians or other people having to die.” [my emphasis]|
If it were an American who made these statements, I would feel justified calling him a Holocaust-denier. People in this country who make assertions like these are, virtually to a man, anti-Semites of one stripe or another. People who do not dislike Jews are very, very unlikely to say such things.
It’s true that technical evidence carries more weight than eyewitness testimony. But to question the existence of the gas chambers is, in effect, to call all the survivors of Auschwitz liars, and ignores the existence of Nazi documents on the subject. What possible motive could one have to use this argument?
And the inclusion of the Palestinians in such disclaimers, in order to be “balanced”, is a favorite tactic of CAIR spokesmen and their ilk throughout the West.
I repeat: the above judgment would only apply if Mr. Milld were an American. It may be normal for Swedes to say such things and still care about the Jews. I am not qualified to judge.
But to make legalistic pleas about the technical truth of any of these statements is disingenuous. Rather than descend to lawyer-like dodging of the issue, let’s look for some clarity:
Does Mr. Milld believe that millions of Jews were systematically exterminated, simply for being Jewish, by the Nazis and their allies during World War Two, that such an act was unprecedented in history, and that nothing of comparable scope has happened to any other group since then?
If so, let me see the evidence of this and I’ll post it along with a mea culpa.
And I mean clear evidence, not simple assertions. Referring to Mr. Milld’s good works, or his support for noble causes, or his untarnished reputation, will not suffice. Nor will any statements by him to the effect that yes, the Jews have suffered, but [insert the sufferings of some other designated victim group here].
Send me the material, in English, sourced with links, just as IceViking did.
And I will post it.
But if you want to save yourselves trouble, you won’t send me anymore vitriolic email telling me what a deluded fool I am. I’ll stipulate to that: I’m a deluded fool.
However, I’ll also ignore the emails. Take the fight to the comments instead.