- Note: One of the most controversial books in decades,
'The Holocaust Industry', continues to cause anger and consternation among
readers in Europe and America. The following are a sampling of quotes
from Professor Finkelstein's (City University of New York) book:
- "The Holocaust" is an ideological representation
of the Nazi holocaust. Like most ideologies, it bears a connection, if
tenuous, with reality. The Holocaust is not an arbitrary, but rather an
internally coherent construct. Its central dogmas sustain significant
political and class interests. Indeed, The Holocaust has proven to be
an indispensable ideological weapon. Through its deployment, one of the
world s most formidable military powers, with a horrendous human rights
record, has cast itself as a 'victim' state, and the most successful ethnic
group in the United States has likewise acquired victim status. Considerable
benefits accrue to this specious victimhood - in particular, immunity
to criticism, however justified. " (Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry
published by Verso, London and New York (2000) (p 3)).
- Some further quotes:
- "In an authoritative study, Leonard Dinnerstein
reported: Sixty thousand Jews.. walked out of the concentration camps.
Within a week more than 20,000 of them had died.". But 'As it entered
into negotiations with Germany [just two years ago, in 1999], the Holocaust
industry demanded compensation for 135,000 still living former (camp inmates)."
- On page 83 he notes that "The Israeli Prime Minister's
office recently put the number of "living Holocaust survivors"
at nearly a million."
- On page 127, he further notes "If 135,000 former
Jewish slave laborers are still alive today, some 600,000 must have survived
the war. That's at least a half-million more than standard estimates...
If Jews only constituted 20% of the surviving camp population and, as
the Holocaust industry implies, 600,000 Jewish inmates survived the war,
then fully 3 million inmates in total must have survived. By the Holocaust
industry's reckoning, concentration camp conditions couldn't have been
that harsh at all; in fact, one must suppose a remarkably high fertility
and remarkably low mortality rate... If, as the Holocaust industry suggests,
many hundreds of thousands of Jews survived, the Final Solution couldn't
have been so efficient after all - exactly what Holocaust deniers argue."
- "Both my father and my mother were survivors of
the Warsaw ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps.. One of my father's
lifelong friends was a former inmate with him in Auschwitz, a seemingly
incorruptible left-wing idealist who on principle refused German compensation
after the war. Eventually, he became a director of the Israeli Holocaust
museum, Yad Vashem. Reluctantly, and with genuine disappointment, my father
finally admitted that even this man had been corrupted by the Holocaust
industry, tailoring his beliefs for power and profit. As the rendering
of the Holocaust assumed ever more absurd forms, my mother liked to quote
(with intentional irony) Henry Ford: 'History is bunk.' (ibid. p7)."
- "The Holocaust proved to be the perfect weapon for
deflecting criticism of Israel (ibid p30)."
- "Much of the literature on Hitler's Final Solution
is worthless as scholarship. Indeed, the field of Holocaust studies is
replete with nonsense, if not sheer fraud." (p 55).
- "Given the nonsense that is turned out daily by
the Holocaust industry, the wonder is that there are so few skeptics."
- "Annual Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust are
a national event. All 50 states sponsor commemorations, often in state
legislative chambers.. Seven major Holocaust museums dot the American
landscape. The centerpiece of this memorialization is the United States
Holocaust museum in Washington.. (This) museum's annual budget is $50
million, of which $30 million is (taxpayer) federally-subsidized."
(p72). (This is in spite of the fact that, as he points out on page 32,
per capita Jewish income in the US is almost double that of non-Jews).
"With a re-election campaign looming, Jimmy Carter initiated the
(US Holocaust Museum) project to placate Jewish contributors and voters,
galled by the president's recognition of the "legitimate rights"
of Palestinians." (p 73).
- "The Holocaust may yet turn out to be the "greatest
robbery in the history of mankind"... The Holocaust industry has
clearly gone berserk."(p 138-9).