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DAILYKENN.com -- Memories of the Jewish holocaust — real or imagined — are fading from view.
A recent survey revealed that 41 percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 were unfamiliar with Auschwitz. 66 percent of millennials don't know what Auschwitz was.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence suggests the Jewish holocaust story has been embellished, apparently to elicit sympathy for and cash payments to "survivors".
The actual number of Jews intentionally killed by National Socialists in concentration centers is around six million, according to the source article. The six-million number has been bandied about for decades with virtually no substantiation. The number of victims may have been much higher or much lower. No one knows because no one seems to have concrete documentation.
Holocaust skeptics point to logistics to question the long-held contention that millions of Jews were intentionally gassed to death then burned in crematoria. Skeptics claim the "gas chamber" theory is (literally) full of holes and that the crematoria were incapable for incinerating that many bodies in the time allotted, but were used, instead, to dispose of inmates who died of typhus and other other causes.
To my knowledge there is only one documented case of a Jew being murdered by National Socialists at an internment center. That occurred at the Buchenwald, Germany center.
Center commander Karl-Otto Koch shot a Jewish inmate in the back. For that Koch was arrested, tried, and executed by firing squad by the SS in front of the internment center's population.
Intentionally killing detainees — Jewish or otherwise — was considered homicide by the National Socialists and was punishable by death.
Koch was accused of ordering the murder of Dr Walter Krämer, a hospital orderly who was admired by SS Lieutenant General Josias Waldeck-Pyrmont. Waldeck-Pyrmont ordered the investigation the culminated in the conviction and execution of Koch.
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For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement.
But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened — and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.
Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. And 52 percent of Americans wrongly think Hitler came to power through force.
“As we get farther away from the actual events, 70-plus years now, it becomes less forefront of what people are talking about or thinking about or discussing or learning,” said Matthew Bronfman, a board member of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which commissioned the study. “If we wait another generation before you start trying to take remedial action, I think we’re really going to be behind the eight ball.”
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