While elaborating on our views about Jews and Judaism, we need to make special emphasis on the cruel genocide of European Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
The Policy of Cruelty Pursued by Nazis
Jewish inmates in Buchenwald, hungry, sick and traumatized under Nazi persecution.
Right after Nazis came to power in 1933, they started to pursue a ruthless policy of isolating and then removing the factors in the German society they found to be "harmful". The primary target of Nazi mass executions was the disabled and people with genetic disorders. Influenced by the thesis of "eugenics" developed by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel, Nazis regarded these people as parasites harmful to the gene structure of the German society and thus employed the most ruthless methods against these miserable people. The handicapped and those with genetic diseases were first rounded up in "sterilisation camps", sterilised and then began to be killed by the secret order of Hitler.
Meanwhile, Nazis were also subjecting the opponents of the regime to inhumane oppression. Many people with leftist or liberal stance, a lot of priests and clergymen were arrested only because of their ideas and were forced to work to death under severe conditions in Dachau camp, which was established at a location close to Munich.
Another group that was oppressed by the Nazis were the Jews in the country. The Jewish nation, who were tried to be presented as "the source of all evil on earth" and "parasites that harmed the German blood" by the Nazi ideologists like Hitler and Rosenberg, were subjected to an ever-increasing oppression. The stores owned by Jews were boycotted, feelings of hatred and enmity were instilled in the German people against Jews and the rights of Jews were restricted by laws.
Murders and Torture in Concentration Camps
In the meantime, first the Jews in Germany and Austria, then the Jews all over the Nazi occupied lands during the World War II were sent to concentration camps. However, not only the Jews but also people from different ethnical and religious identities such as gypsies, Slavs, Russian captives were sent to Auschwitz, Majdanek, Sobibor, Treblinka, Belzec, Chelmno camps, most of which were located in Poland and were forced to work under very hard conditions in German war industry.
However, the Nazi cruelty went far beyond the point of making people work as slaves. Jews and other captives were transported to Auschwitz and other concentration camps in locked wagons and during these long travels, a lot of old and weak people lost their lives out of hunger, thirst and crowd. People who arrived to the camps by trains were treated as animals and those who showed a minor resistance were executed before the very eyes of their families or children. In these camps, many families disunited.
Jewish children in Auschwitz, 1944.
The sadist Nazi officers showed no mercy and pity to captives; for years, these captives led their lives as slaves under the arbitrary Nazi insults, threats and torture. These innocent people were used as guinea pigs. For instance, Mengele, the notorious doctor of Auschwitz, is known to have carried out horrible tests on adults and children chosen among the inmates to explore the limits of human body. In bitter cold in winter, people soaked in icy water were used to observe how many minutes a person could survive before freezing. Mengele is known to have carried out anaesthesia-free operations on inmates; he amputated their legs, arms or even stomachs without anaesthesia. The cruelest experiments of Mengele were the ones carried out on twin inmates. Mengele isolated all twins from other inmates and conducted tests on them to observe the influence of genetic factors. However, his methods were incredibly cruel. By injecting their blood to one another, he traced the reactions of the twins; in most cases one of the twins or in some cases both of them, suffered severe pain and high fever. For instance, to see whether eye-colour could change by genetic factors, he injected ink to their eyes. These experiments resulted in unbearable pain and often in blindness. He injected microbes of various diseases to little children to measure their resistance to them. Many innocent children suffered great pain and torture in the hands of this Nazi monster, became disabled or lost their lives.
Millions of innocent people lost their lives in concentration camps due to the systematic Nazi murders by means of gassing, shooting, and torture of any kind. Among Jews were also gypsies, Slavs, Russians, war captives, and anti-Nazi Germans.
The Nazi brutality explained above briefly is an undeniable and explicit fact of history. Every person of conscience denounces Nazis who are responsible for this cruelty.
However, there is another aspect of the issue that needs to be considered:
Those who were oppressed by the Nazi cruelty are not only the inmates of concentration camps. They are not only Jews as well. The World War II cost the lives of some 55 million people. Only the number of Soviet citizens who lost their lives during the war was about 25 million. Dozens of different nations and ethnical groups were subjected to the torture and cruelty of the Nazis and their fascist allies. Therefore, it would not be right to demand a special political compensation in the name of a single nation due to the sufferings of the World War II.
The fact that Jews were oppressed by Nazis cannot be used to justify and legitimise the cruelty inflicted on other nations (on Palestinians, for instance) by some Jews.
We place particular stress on these two issues, because the State of Israel and atheist Zionism, its official ideology, have been engaging in a misleading propaganda about these two issues for the last 50 years. They instil in the minds of people that the sole nation that was oppressed during the World War II was the Jews and that for this reason, people must see the cruelty inflicted by Jews on Palestinians as excusable.
Jews Who Oppose the Exploitation of the Holocaust
Millions of innocent people were slaughtered by the III. Reich. Jews and many other victims from different nations were buried in mass graves.
In recent years, this fact about the Holocaust has been expressed by Jews themselves. Esther Benbassa, the director of the Contemporary Jewish History Department of Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in France, wrote in Liberation on September 1, 2000 that "the Jewish Holocaust has been turned into a religion" and added: "Putting oneself in the status of a victim secures every Jew against criticisms and thus also Israel against criticisms."
An important work that stresses the fact that the concept of the Jewish Holocaust has become a political and economic means of propaganda is, The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, by historian Norman G. Finkelstein, a Jewish himself, from New York University. In his book published in 2000, Finkelstein, whose grandmother was also an inmate in Nazi concentration camps, explains that the concept of the Holocaust is being utterly exploited both by Israel and the Western Jewish organisations. As we know, international courts held in the wake of the World War II convicted Nazis of the crimes committed against Jews and charged them to pay huge amounts of compensation to them. For decades, Germany has been paying this compensation, which is expressed in billions of dollars, to Israel and other Jews living in different countries. Not only Germany but also other European countries, Switzerland for instance, and even the Eastern European countries that failed to help Jews during the Nazi occupation were several times charged with paying compensation to Jews oppressed by the Nazis.
Finkelstein, in his book, "The Holocaust Industry", states that these huge sums of money taken from Germany and similar governments were channelled to irreligious, Godless Zionist organisations rather than the Jews who were subjected to oppression during the war.
For instance, in recent years the Jewish organisations demanded a new compensation from Germany in return for the "service of Jews who were forced to work as slave-workers in Nazi camps". The number of Jews who were reported to take benefit from this payment was stated to be 135,000. However, relying on official statistics, Finkelstein declares that the number of living Jews who were forced to work in Nazi camps is not more than 14,000-18,000. The huge difference will be channelled to the atheist Zionist organisations under the guise of "compensation". (1)
Finkelstein also clearly expresses that in order to form and keep the Holocaust industry alive, Jewish organisations and, in some cases, some Jewish people commit numerous "frauds". According to the author: "Articulating the key Holocaust dogmas, much of the literature on Hitler's Final Solution is worthless as scholarship. Indeed, the field of Holocaust studies is replete with nonsense, if not sheer fraud." (2)
What has been related so far leads us to the following conclusion: Jews were subjected to a horrible genocide during the World War II by the Nazis. Millions of Jews -together with other people of different nations- became the target of Nazi brutality. We denounce this violence and want that neither Jews nor anyone from any other nation ever receive such hostile and cruel treatment.
However, using the fact of the Holocaust with the purpose of legitimising the crimes committed by atheist Zionism and the State of Israel against humanity, or in the words of the Jewish author Finkelstein, "exploiting" them, is rather wrong. History witnessed numerous genocides or massacres carried out against many nations. We must curse all of them and pay equal respect to the victims of all these nations.
1-Norman G. Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, Verso Press, New York, 2000. s. 126
2-Norman G. Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, s. 55