Eisenhower, on Holocaust Denial – Loren Collins

Posted By on August 8, 2018

Another day, recipe pfizer and another questionable quotation drops in my lap. And this time its offered as a compliment to the attributed author, rehabilitation and to a much more praiseworthy author at that:

Get it all on record now get the films get the witnesses because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, medications on future Holocaust denial

Still, I had to raise an eyebrow to this. It seems a little too colloquial, a little too punchy, to have come from the pen of one of our greatest WWII heroes. The blog I found the quote cited Wikipedia as its source, and Wikipedia citedDominican Today. And here I was expecting maybe, oh, a book about Eisenhower, and not a foreign newspaper article.

Plus, as is the warning sign of many a spurious quotation, even Wikipedias source doesnt offer up when Eisenhower supposedly said this. In fact, Dominican Today hedges its own bets by prefacing the quote by saying Eisenhower said in words to this effect Its all but confessing its a paraphrase, and not an actual quote.

The quote doesnt turn up in a single book indexed on Amazon or Google Book Search, so it might still be early enough to nip it in the bud. Some quick web searches fail to turn up any uses of the quotation prior to December 2007, with wider citation beginning in early 2008. Not a good sign for a supposed author who died in 1969. The earliest use Ive seen is in Oregon Magazine on or just before December 1, 2007. And even it uses the paraphrase-hinting words to this effect language.

So the literal quote is bad. But did Eisenhower say something to that effect? As luck would have it, he did. As related on page 223 of Dear General: Eisenhowers Wartime Letters to Marshall, (available on Google Books) Eisenhower wrote:

The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick. In one room, where they [there] were piled up twenty or thirty naked men, killed by starvation, George Patton would not even enter. He said that he would get sick if he did so. I made the visit [to Gotha] deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to propaganda.

Similar sentiments, but not quite as soundbite friendly. Hopefully by tackling the bad quote this early it wont make it into actual books, which makes it that much harder to kill. Which would be a pity, because the real quote paints a much richer picture of Eisenhowers true distress and concern for posterity.

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