Professor Finkelstein, please explain to us how the Holocaust "extortion racket" works
"If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one, who did Hitler kill?"
"The holocaust is a commodity and a power base!"
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education or fraud, what we are taught about the holocaust?
FINKELSTEIN: The Times calls it "The Holocash". Finkelstein perceives the Jewish leadership in the United States as corrupt. It is anything but a reflection of a reality that only he can perceive through the clouds of mystification and demagogy that have deceived thousands of lay persons, scholars, and intellectuals.
Who are the Holocaust swindlers?
FINKELSTEIN: The main culprit, in the world according to Finkelstein, is "the Holocaust industry," made up of Israeli officials and fat lawyers, Jewish agents well placed in American political circles and ruthless Zionists ...
Is there a Jewish conspiracy, pursuing the purpose of financially shaking down the entire world and to consolidate world power?
FINKELSTEIN: Now, however, the Jewish conspiracy is intended to "shake down" (his favorite phrase) such innocent entities as Swiss banks, German corporations and East European owners of looted Jewish property, all in order to consolidate Jewish power and influence without giving the real survivors of the genocide anything but empty rhetoric.
Was the Holocaust fabricated? If yes, by whom and for what reason?
FINKELSTEIN: The Holocaust was' fabricated because it legitimizes "one of the world's most formidable military powers," Israel, allowing it to "cast itself as a 'victim' state," and because it provides "the most successful ethnic group in the United States," the Jews, with "immunity to criticism," leading to "the moral corruptions that typically attend" such immunity.
Are those criminals, who are conducting a gigantic holocaust fraud, Jews?
FINKELSTEIN: From the author's perspective, this is simply a case of organized American Jewry "lording it over those least able to defend themselves," such as, presumably, the Swiss banks it was "plotting" to boycott, and "the United States and its allies" from whom it "finagled another $70 million."
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Why are we told that the Holocaust was unique in the history of man?
FINKELSTEIN: Unique suffering confers unique entitlement!
Is the Holocaust story used as a weapon?
FINKELSTEIN: To deflect criticism, American Jewish elites "remembered" the Nazi holocaust which, ideologically recast, proved a potent weapon.
Is the Holocaust story used to advance any inhuman treatment of non-Jews?
FINKELSTEIN: "The world wants to wipe out the Jews ... the world has always wanted to wipe out the Jews." Indeed this dogma confers total license: intent as the Gentiles always are on murdering Jews, Jews have every right to protect themselves, however they see fit. Deploring the "Holocaust lesson" of eternal Gentile hatred, respected Israeli scholar Boas Evron observes that it is "really tantamount to a deliberate breeding of paranoia. ... This mentality ... condones in advance any inhuman treatment of non-Jews, for the prevailing mythology is that 'all people collaborated with the Nazis in the destruction of Jewry,' hence everything is permissible to Jews in their relationship to other peoples.
Does the Holocaust Industry misappropriate monies from European governments?
FINKELSTEIN: In my last chapter I explore the material compensation issue. I contend that the Holocaust industry is guilty of a "double shakedown": it misappropriates monies from European governments as well as from the actual survivors of Nazi persecution. ...
Are the numbers regarding Jewish Holocaust victims fabricated in order to shake down more money?
FINKELSTEIN: "If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one," my mother (a concentration camp survivor) used to exclaim, "who did Hitler kill?"
Are those who resist the Holocaust racket and therefore suffer many years in imprisonment (especially in Germany and Switzerland) responsible for anti-Semitism?
FINKELSTEIN: It is primarily the ruthless and reckless tactics of the Holocaust industry that forment anti-Semitism.
Is the German government aware that it is succumbing to an extortion racket?
FINKELSTEIN: During the slave-labor negotiations, I met privately with a member of the German delegation holding unimpeachable moral credentials. For several hours he defended the Claims Conference as vehemently as I denounced it. Just before leaving, however, he turned to meand said: "I'll be honest with you. On our side, we all feel like we're being blackmailed."
Are objective Holocaust researchers and scientist thrown into prison in order not ruin the shoa-business racket?
FINKELSTEIN: Open debate is kept under wraps in deference to "political correctness," the discontent will only fester.
What must be done in order to prevent anti-Semitism? Must the dissident resisters to this corruption be continously hunted (as practiced in Germany) or must the Holocaust profiteers be repudiated?
FINKELSTEIN: To avert a resurgence of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust profiteers must be publicly exposed and repudiated. The purpose of my book is to facilitate a long overdue open debate.
Is the Holocaust a matter of public knowledge that does not require any new research and therefore does not permit new facts that contradict the old Holocaust story. According to German law every German must know what the Holocaust consists of, i.e. gassed or steamed to death, 6 million Auschwitz victims or 66.204 etc. Has this historical event really been comprehensively studied in a scientific and factual manner?
FINKELSTEIN: Finally, I emphatically believe that the Nazi holocaust should be studied. Yet one cannot learn anything substantive until and unless the Holocaust industry is shut down.
Is there a pre-empted Holocaust-Dogma, that no-one is allowed to understand the real historical dimensions of the Hitler era?
FINKELSTEIN: Holocaust dogmatism pre-empts understanding the crucial individual and historical dimensions of Nazism.
Is it morally correct to make distinctions between Jewish suffering and the suffering of non-Jews?
FINKELSTEIN: The main lesson they imparted is that we should always compare. To make out moral distinctions between "our" suffering and "theirs" is itself a moral travesty. "Do not compare" is the mantra of moral blackmailers.
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Is it true that even high holocaust officials, like directors of holocaust memorial museums, are corrupted too? Do they tailor their beliefs for the sake of power and profit?
FINKELSTEIN: A director of the Israeli Holocaust museum Yad Vashem even had been corrupted by the Holocaust industry, tailoring his beliefs for power and profit.
Have ordinary Jews fabricated Auschwitz stories in order to make money?
FINKELSTEIN: Many Jews fabricated their pasts to meet this eligibility requirement. 'If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one,' my mother used to exclaim, 'who did Hitler kill?'. Survivors are now revered as secular saints, one doesn't dare question them. One contributor to a Holocaust website maintained that, although he spent the war in Tel Aviv, he was a Holocaust survivor because his grandmother died in Auschwitz.
Are the tales of Holocaust survivors credible or are they fabricated for exploitation?
FINKELSTEIN: The tales of 'Holocaust survivors', all concentration camp inmates, all heroes of the resistance were a special source of wry amusement in my home. My parents often wondered why I would grow so indignant at the falsification and exploitation of the Nazi genocide.
Can the Holocaust output be considered historically factual as a tribute to Jewish suffering or is it for Jewish aggrandisement?
FINKELSTEIN: Most of the output is worthless, a tribute not to Jewish suffering but to Jewish aggrandisement.
Are the Holocaust tales a weapon for committing crimes against humanity without being criticized?
FINKELSTEIN: 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 US has likewise acquired victim status. Considerable dividends accrue from this specious victimhood in particular, immunity to criticism, however justified.
Does the Holocaust Industry lie about the numbers of Holocaust victims?
FINKELSTEIN: The figure for these Holocaust survivors at war's end is generally put at some 100,000. The number of living survivors cannot be more than a quarter of this figure now. ... The Israeli prime minister's office recently put the number of 'living Holocaust survivors' at nearly a million. The main motive behind this inflationary revision is again not hard to find. It is difficult to press massive new claims for reparations if only a handful of Holocaust survivors are still alive.
Is the most prominent Holocaust celebrity, the greatest survivor in Holocaust history, Elie Wiesel, in fact a Holocaust liar?
FINKELSTEIN: Preposterous statements pass without comment. Elie Wiesel reminisces in his acclaimed memoir that, recently liberated from Buchenwald and only 18 years old, "I read the Critique of Pure Reason don't laugh! in Yiddish." Leaving aside Wiesel's acknowledgment that at the time "I was wholly ignorant of Yiddish grammar", The Critique of Pure Reason was never translated into Yiddish. "The truth I present is unvarnished", Wiesel sighs, "I cannot do otherwise."
Are the promoters of the Holocaust Industry deliberately spreading lies?
FINKELSTEIN: Israel Gutman, director of Yad Vashem and a Holocaust lecturer at Hebrew University, said: "It's not that important' whether Binjamin Wilkomirski's [now discredited 'autobiographical' account of childhood in the camps], Fragments, is a fraud. 'Wilkomirski has written a story which he has experienced deeply; that's for sure ... He is not a fake. He is someone who lives this story very deeply in his soul." So it doesn't matter whether he spent the war in a concentration camp or a Swiss chalet; Wilkomirski is a Holocaust survivor because "his pain is authentic".
What is the reason for the Holocaust Industry, extorting billions of Dollars from any country that has a functioning Banking system? Is it about justice, or is it about money?
FINKELSTEIN: Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg: "It's not about justice, it's a fight for money." In recent years, the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket.
Does the Holocaust Industry (by using their Western government politicians as puppets) prohibit us from investigating and collecting new evidence of the Jewish experience in order to maintain their abnormal exploitation of it?
FINKELSTEIN: The challenge today is to restore the Nazi Holocaust as a rational subject of inquiry. Only then can we really learn from it. The abnormality of the Nazi Holocaust springs not from the event itself but from the exploitative industry that has grown up around it.
How does the Holocaust racket technically work?
FINKELSTEIN: Tom Bower, in a study reports that 'Swiss greed was unique'; that the 'Swiss character' combined 'simplicity and duplicity'; that the Swiss were 'not just a peculiarly charmless people who had produced no artists, no heroes since William Tell and no statesmen, but were dishonest Nazi collaborators who had profited from genocide', and so on. Yet almost none of these witnesses, according to Itamar Levin, an editor of Israel's main business newspaper, 'had real proof of the existence of assets in Swiss banks'. In 1997 the Swiss reportedly spent Dollars 500m to fend off the Holocaust industry attacks. In April 1998 they started buckling under pressure. In June the banks made a 'final offer' of Dollars 600m. The next month stiff US sanctions were threatened. The Swiss caved in and agreed to pay Dollars 1.25bn. Like Switzerland, the US denied entry to Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism before and during the second world war. Yet the US government hasn't seen fit to compensate them. Alongside Switzerland, the committee observed, the US was also a primary safe haven for transferable Jewish assets in Europe. The question is, what happened to the dormant Holocaust-era accounts in American banks?
Is it good for Israel but not for Switzerland?
FINKELSTEIN: The most sensational charge levelled against the Swiss banks was that they required death certificates from the heirs of Nazi holocaust victims. Israeli banks have also demanded such documentation. One searches in vain, however, for denunciations of the 'perfidious Israelis'.
|The Guardian, London, 13 July 2000|