Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have just denied the Holocaust™ .
The official website Kremlin.ru has reported:
Vladimir Putin sent his greetings to all those attending the requiem held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The President said, in particular, in his message:
“The Holocaust was one of the most tragic and shameful pages in human history. Millions of innocent people fell victim to the Nazis, went through the hell of the death camps and were shot, tortured, and died from hunger and disease. The Red Army put an end to these atrocities and this ruthless barbarity and saved not just the Jewish people but also the other peoples of Europe and the world.”
By the standards of the custodians of Holocaust™ orthodoxy, that sounds a whole lot like Holocaust Denial™ .
According to Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman, authors of Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?, anyone who disputes any one of the following three assertions is a Holocaust Denier™:
1) That six million Jews were murdered
2) Mostly in hydrogen cyanide gas chambers
3) As part of an official Nazi government program aimed at killing all Jews.
Putin’s message pointedly does not support any of these three contested assertions, which together constitute the holy trinity of a new religion, Holocaustianity.
The Russian President merely claimed that “millions” (not six million) of “innocent people” (not just Jews) were victimized. He cites victims being “shot” and “tortured” and “dying from hunger and disease” – but any mention of the alleged Zyklon-B gas chambers is conspicuous by its absence.
Many revisionist historians, including chemistry expert and History of Science Ph.D. Nick Kollerstrom, would undoubtedly agree, at least in broad outline, with Putin’s statement. Dr. Kollerstrom, who was fired without explanation from University College of London after publishing a scholarly article about Zyklon-B residues, acknowledges that large numbers of labor camp inmates suffered and died, but argues that the vast majority succumbed to hunger and disease. According to Kollerstrom, cyanide residues prove that Zyklon-B was used to kill lice, not people, in an effort to fight typhus and save the lives of the labor camp inmates and their guards. In Kollerstrom’s view, the tales of human gas chambers were a sort of urban legend that may have grown out of a wartime British propaganda campaign aimed at demonizing Germans.
Along with eschewing the holy “six million” figure, and mentioning other causes of death but not gas chambers, President Putin also notably refrained from stating that the Nazis pursued an official program aimed at killing all Jews in the territories they controlled. By the standards of such Holocaust™ enthusiasts as Shermer, Grobman, and Lipstadt, that makes Putin a Holocaust Denier™ thrice over.
But Putin’s greatest heresy, from the viewpoint of Holocaustianity™ fundamentalists, is his refusal to acknowledge the primacy and ineffability of Jewish suffering. According to the Church of Holocaustianity, which maintains sacred temples disguised as museums all over the world, the monstrous crime of the Holocaust™ is incomparable to all other holocausts and genocides. Additionally, the Holocaustians assert that the suffering of Jewish victims, which has no parallel in human suffering experienced at any other time or place, renders Jewish life especially sacred and necessitates its defense, by fair means or foul, by the Zionist State of Israel.
Putin’s statement clearly disputes the Holocaustian obsession with exclusively Jewish suffering. By emphasizing the suffering of all “innocent people” and not just Jews, and by insisting that the Red Army saved “not just the Jewish people but also the other peoples of Europe and the world” Putin is committing a damnable heresy against Holocaustianity.
The Russian President appears to believe that the more than 54 million non-Jewish people who died during World War II, the great majority of them innocent civilians, should also be mourned.
Will the ADL label Putin anti-Semitic if he shows up for a press conference in a “GOY LIVES COUNT” T-shirt?
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