auschwitz revised

“Regarding Auschwitz, a fact not mentioned is perhaps as important as the ones stated. For 45 years, it was an “established fact”that 4 million people died at Auschwitz. This was the figure that showed up in Time and Newsweek, in the Encyclopedia Britannica and countless school texts. A plaque engraved with this number stood for years in the camp. In 1979, Pope John Paul II knelt and prayed for “the 4 million victims of Auschwitz.”Then in 1990, the number changed virtually overnight. On July 17, the Washington Times reported: Poland has cut its estimate of the number of people killed by the Nazis in the Auschwitz death camp from 4 million to just over 1 million. …Shevach Weiss, a death camp survivor and Labor Party member of the Israeli Parliament, expressed disbelief at the revised estimates, saying, “It sounds shocking and strange.”…The latest Polish research is based on studies of prisoners’personal numbers, transport documents and data about Jewish ghettos. (p. A11) This sudden change from 4 million to 1 million is indeed “shocking and strange.”It is an astonishing revision of the standard Holocaust story—suddenly there were 3 million fewer deaths than previously believed. Prior to 1990, then, the total casualty figure for the Holocaust must have been 14 million, since it is 11 million now. Oddly, though, such a number has never appeared in print, to my knowledge. But the more surprising fact is this: The number of Jewish deaths—the 6 million—did not change. How can that be? Quite simple: Before 1990 we were told there were 1 million Jewish and 3 million non-Jewish deaths; after 1990, it was 1 million Jewish deaths and 100,000 non-Jews.[ 27] The story now is that the Poles, not wanting to be left out of the victimhood sweepstakes, had claimed a far greater number of Polish (non-Jewish) victims. But they had done so without any justification. By 1990, the evidence had become overwhelming, and the ‘4 million’could no longer be sustained. The vast majority of the dead are now accepted to have been Jews, despite claims by the former Polish communist government that as many Poles perished in Hitler’s largest concentration camp. The revised Polish figures support claims by Israeli researchers that Poland’s former communist government exaggerated the number of victims by inflating the estimate of non-Jews who died. (ibid.) “Exaggerated”is an understatement. The non-Jewish death toll at Auschwitz dropped from 3 million to 100,000. This is a reduction of 97 percent. We can only imagine the consequences if a comparable drop should ever occur in the Jewish toll.”

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