Trump official once called defender of Holocaust deniers a ‘national treasure’ – The Times of Israel

Posted By on August 23, 2017

WASHINGTON The person US President Donald Trump chose to lead federal family-planning programs once referred to a defender of Holocaust deniers as a national treasure.

Teresa Manning, Trumps pick for deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services is known for her history as a fierce anti-abortion activist and former lobbyist with the National Right to Life Committee.

She also has a history defending and praising Joe Sobran, a former columnist and editor for the conservative magazine National Review until its then editor William Buckley fired him for writings he considered contextually anti-Semitic.

Mother Jones was first to report Mannings history with Sobran, who died in 2010.

Joseph Sobran (Wike Media)

During a January 2003 event promoting her book Back to The Drawing Board: The Future of the Pro-Life Movement, Manning introduced Sobran, who was a speaker, and said of him: He has been called the finest columnist of his generation as well as a national treasure. I wholeheartedly agree with both statements.

In fact, it was Pat Buchanan, who himself has doubted the death toll of the Holocaust and who the Anti-Defamation League has called an unrepentant bigot, who was responsible for the former quote.

During the years between Sobrans unceremonious 1993 departure from the National Review and Mannings introduction, he repeatedly defended an organization that denies the Holocaust while also churning out his own writings containing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Teresa Manning (Screenshot/YouTube)

Through columns and speeches, Sobran has spoken fondly of the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), an organization best known for publishing articles and books denying the Holocaust and that scholars consider one of the leading vehicles for the international Holocaust denial movement.

The Southern Poverty Law Center refers to the IHR as a pseudo-academic organization that claims to seek truth and accuracy in history, but whose real purpose is to promote Holocaust denial and defend Nazism.

Indeed, one article published in the think-tanks magazine referred to Kristallnacht as quite extraordinary.

The author, Ingrid Weckert, said it was a radical aberration from the normal pattern of daily life. The outburst was not in keeping with either the official National Socialist Jewish policy nor with the general German attitude towards the Jews. The Germans were no more anti-Semitic than any other people.

Holocaust denier David Irving (photo credit: public domain via wikipedia)

Furthermore, at its conferences, IHR has hosted former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke and the British Holocaust-denier David Irving.

Sobran, in defending this organization and its magazine The Journal for Historical Review, once wrote that, Charges that the IHR is anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi are belied by the Journals calm and reasonable tone, in contrast to the shrillness and violence of its enemies. And I do mean enemies.

He went on, Jewish groups, especially Zionist organizations, are forever reviling the IHR and trying to interfere with its activities.

In other writings, Sobran has not quite explicitly denied the Holocaust, but has said that questioning facts surrounding that historical event was not anti-Semitic.

Why on earth is it anti-Jewish to conclude from the evidence that the standard numbers of Jews murdered are inaccurate, or that the Hitler regime, bad as it was in many ways, was not infact, intent on extermination? he asked.

Sobrans commentary provoked strong response from leading Holocaust historian and anti-Semitic expert Deborah Lipstadt, who took exception with The New York Times obituary for Sobran saying he took a skeptical line on the Holocaust.

Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University)

Mr. Sobran may not have been an unequivocal denier, she said, but he gave support and comfort to the worst of them.

Additionally, Sobran had in the past blamed US policies, particularly regarding its anti-terrorism measures after the September 11 attacks, as being dictated by the Jewish-Zionist powers that be in the United States.

What began as a war on terror is morphing into a war to crush Israels enemies. And naturally so, he said. The 9/11 attacks would never have occurred except for the US Governments Middle East policies, which are pretty much dictated by the Jewish-Zionist powers that be in the United Staes. The Zionists boast privately of their power, but they dont want the gentiles talking about it. Readers of Orwell will recognize the principle of Doublethink.

Manning did not respond to a request for comment.

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