Debunking Holocaust Denial Claims | ADL

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1. Myth: The Holocaust Did Not Happen Because There Is No Single Master Plan for Jewish Annihilation

Although the historical record is full of Nazi-era documents which illustrate the Nazi effort to annihilate Jews in Europe, Holocaust deniers claim that because no one has discovered a single document or master plan that officially and comprehensively sketches out the details of their extermination agenda, the Holocaust must be a hoax. This myth reveals a fundamentally misleading approach to the history of the era.

Holocaust Deniers in their Own Words In effect, such a formidable criminal undertaking supposedly conceived, ordered, organized and perpetrated by the Germans would have necessitated an order, a plan, instructions, a budgetSuch an undertaking, carried out over several years on a whole continent and generating the death of millions of victims would have left a flood of documentary evidence. - Robert Faurisson, The Victories of Revisionism

The Nazi Final Solution was a plan to forcibly remove, sometimes even by ruthless and brutal means, all Jews from Europe. It was a plan of ethnic cleansing, but not one of total mass exterminationIf the plan to murder the Jews was official policy, then we should expect that there would be documentary evidence of this murderous master plan left over in the tons of Nazi documents the Allies captured at the end of WWII. - Paul Grubach, The Final Solution of the Jewish Question, CODOH, 2007

Deniers Debunked The lack of a master document does not mean that the genocide of European Jews did not occur. The Final Solution the Nazis comprehensive plan to murder all European Jews was, as the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust observes, the culmination of a long evolution of Nazi Jewish policy.[1]The destruction process was shaped gradually: it consisted of many thousands of directives, some written and some verbal.[2]

The development and implementation of this process was overseen and directed by the highest tier of Nazi leadership, including Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann, Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler himself. In the two decades before World War II, Hitler consistently contemplated Jewish annihilation.[3]In a September 16, 1919 letter, he wrote that while the Jewish problem demanded an anti-Semitism of reason comprising systematic legal and political sanctions the final goal, however, must steadfastly remain the removal of the Jews altogether.[4]

Throughout the 1920s, Hitler maintained that the Jewish question was the pivotal question for his party and would be solved with well-known German thoroughness to the final consequence.[5]With his assumption of power in 1933, Hitlers racial plans were implemented by measures that increasingly excluded Jews from German society.

On January 30, 1939, Hitler warned that if Jewish financiers and Bolsheviks initiated war, the result will not be the Bolshevization of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.[6]On, September 21, 1939, after the Germans invaded Poland, the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units operating in German-occupied territory) carried out orders to forcibly move Polish Jews into ghettos, alluding to an unspecified final aim.[7]

In the summer of 1941, with preparations underway for the German invasion of Russia, large-scale mass murder initiatives already practiced domestically upon the mentally ill and disabled were broadly enacted against Jews. On July 31, Heydrich received orders from Goering to prepare plans for the implementation of the aspired final solution of the Jewish question in all German-occupied areas.[8]

Subsequent testimony by the architects of the Holocaust corroborates this fact pattern. Eichmann, while awaiting trial in Israel in 1960, related that Heydrich had told him in August 1941 that the Fhrer has ordered the physical extermination of the Jews.[9]Rudolf Hss, the Commandant of Auschwitz, wrote in 1946 that, in the summer of 1941... Himmler said to me, The Fhrer has ordered the Final Solution to the Jewish Question... I have chosen the Auschwitz camp for this purpose.[10]

On January 20, 1942, Heydrich convened the Wannsee Conference to discuss and coordinate implementation of the Final Solution. Eichmann later testified at his trial: "These gentlemen...were discussing the subject quite bluntly, quite differently from the language that I had to use later in the record. During the conversation they minced no words about it at all...they spoke about methods of killing, about liquidation, about extermination."[11]

Ten days after the conference, in a speech at the Sports Palace in Berlin that was recorded by the Allied monitoring service, Hitler declared: The result of this war will be the complete annihilation of the Jewsthe hour will come when the most evil universal enemy of all time will be finished, at least for a thousand years.[12]On February 24, 1943, he stated: This struggle will not end with the annihilation of Aryan mankind, but with the extermination of the Jewish people in Europe.[13] The overwhelming thrust of written documentation, verbal testimony, demographic research and archaeological evidence demonstrate that Holocaust deniers demand for a document that lays out the Nazis master plan is a deliberate effort to obfuscate the truth.

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