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Holocaust Revisionists and Deniers

Posted by Glezele Vayne on June 16, 2009

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I had a visit from a Holocaust denier recently at my humble little blog. He posted a comment along with a link The Holocaust for Dummies.

I checked it out. One of the factoids presented was on the question of the authenticity of Anne Frank’s diary. Supposedly, it couldn’t be real, because the diary was written with a ball point pen, which was not invented in time for little Anne to use it to write up her experiences of being hidden in an attic in Amersterdam with her family for much of the war. A neighbor ratted them out and Anne was then sent to Westerbork transit camp, then to Auschwitz death camp, and ultimately she was murdered in the much more horrible (if you can imagine) death camp of Bergen-Belsen, shortly before liberation. Only her father Otto survived, found the diary in the attic and had it published.

Back to my Holocaust revisionist/denier visitor — I did some checking on one of the “factoids” which this person apparently believes, from the above cited link. Indeed, the ball point pen was not invented until 1945.

Score one for the Holocaust Revisionist/Denier.

The reason why a soul must be dismissive of the suffering of millions of Jews, Gypsies, Catholics and other innocents is the subject of another post. Or maybe I’ll leave it up to someone else who cares to wade through that dark world.

Anne Frank used a fountain pen. The first practical pen was patented in 1884.

About.com on Anne Frank and her diary

The Fountain Pen Network

at “The Fountain Pen Network” I found the following thread —

Anne Frank’s Pen – What Might it Have Been?

A Brief History of Writing Instruments

As Father Patrick Dubois, a Catholic priest who researches the Einstatzgruppen portion of the Holocaust says, there are no Holocaust deniers/revisionists in Eastern Europe. They know it happened.

Holocaust deniers/ revisionists are fond of wondering aloud, “Why are honest questions regarding the truth of the Holocaust always met with charges of antisemitism?” One response: Uncovering Certain Mischievous Questions About the Holocaust by Berel Lang. There many excellent articles on the topic of Holocaust denial/revisionism at the US Holocaust Memoria Museum website.

In response to my Holocaust revisionist/history buff type visitor, your credibility has just been shot down. On to better things for me.

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