Update: I failed to make my opinions about David Irving and Holocaust denial clear.
I consider Holocaust denial to be reprehensible. And I support unequivocally Mr. Irving’s right to say and publish his sentiments.
I have said before that his trial and imprisonment were a travesty. Besides being wrong, they aid the cause of anti-Semitism by giving it the cachet of the forbidden.
Political free speech must be unconditional.
If you’re a Counterjihad blogger — and especially if your blog features the writings of Fjordman — then you get used to being linked by some unsavory websites. Opposition to Multiculturalism and unchecked immigration automatically attracts the kind of readers with whom one would not want to be associated.
To put it bluntly, Gates of Vienna gets a lot of referrals from white supremacist, Nazi, and Jew-hating websites.
We oppose the Islamization of the West, and so do they. We oppose mass Third-World immigration, and so do they. There’s not much we can do about this, short of abandoning our position on immigration.
No matter how many times we state prominently our support for Israel and the Jews, no matter how many times we decry all the racism that masquerades as science, the representatives of the Master Race keep turning up here. Sometimes they leave comments, and when they cross the red line into outright racism, I delete their remarks. Occasionally they return with sneering anger and contempt for us and our foolish ignorance.
And so it goes.
I mention this because of an incident brought to my attention by IceViking. He discovered that Jan Milld, a writer for the Swedish magazine Blågula Frågor, had crossed the line into Holocaust denial. The relevant quote, appearing in a piece about the notorious Holocaust-denier David Irving, is translated thus:
There is no technical evidence regarding the presence of gas-chambers; what is now in Auschwitz was built after the war. The writing of history in this context is based entirely on witness testimony.
In this parcel is included the figure of 6 million — that many Jews were murdered by the Nazis. From the beginning however it was claimed that there were four million that were executed only in Auschwitz, subsequently official numbers for Auschwitz has been reduced with about 2-3 million. Does not simple mathematics tell you then that the total number of 6 million should be reduced to a corresponding degree?
When I read something like this, I immediately think, “This person is an anti-Semite, and is carefully cloaking it by taking a moderate and reasoned tone in his writings.” Very few people question the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz unless they are Jew-haters.
Jan Milld recently emailed IceViking about the issue:
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Subject: What to you mean?
To the responsible parties of the website “Icevikings”
You have on your website put out an attack on me, with an accusation of me being a “Holocaust-denier.”
Regarding this, a question:
What more exactly do you put into that notion?
What is it that I’ve denied?
And Milld, in a public response to IceViking’s posts, has said this:
This latter quote of mine was possibly careless to have written, because I haven’t actually devoted enough interest to this issue so that I know this with a certainty. On the other hand: is there anyone who claims that the facilities that are now on display for tourists in Auschwitz were built before the war?
In that case then I back out from that claim — it is not an issue that I want to take a fight on. Overall I don’t see this as an issue for presently — more than 60 years after the Second World War — to be put high on the agenda.
Regardless how many Jews died during the Second World War and regardless in what way this happened, I regard this as horrible. And ditto for the death of 20 million Russians.
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.
OK, so now he’s trying to duck out of it. I would, too, if I were he. A little too mealy-mouthed for my taste, and a little too late.
IceViking asked me to contact Fjordman and Steen about this issue, since Fjordman allowed his writings to be posted on Milld’s blog, and Steen has blogrolled him.
Fjordman was appalled by the passages mentioned above. He asked that his work be removed from Milld’s blog, which it was.
Steen is also disturbed by what has happened, and says he is looking into the matter (presumably in the original Swedish version).
This “Strange Bedfellows Syndrome” is an ongoing problem. We all have to be alert about it — I’ve had to remove links from our blogroll when certain passages in the linked blogs were pointed out to me.
I can’t kick them out of bed, but I can move as far as possible to the other side and put a bundling board between us.