This is part two of my series examining myth. There are sensitivities involved in this particular myth. But don’t worry, I’ll be back with part three soon!
The Holocaust myth
Before I get started on this one I just wanted to say that I’m not some kind of Neo-Nazi or anything it’s just that the holocaust is a very good example of sacred myth in our society. Some people try to deny it based on the numbers of people that died or what they died of. I do not deny it on that basis but merely because it is myth. Don’t worry about it, nearly everything is!
I remember reading in the Guinness book or records that the greatest holocaust is the “Mongol extermination of Chinese peasantry” . But guess what? That’s not the one we think about!
The Dominant myth goes something like: For no reason a group of people called the Nazis under the leadership of Hitler decided to massacre all the Jews in Europe in specially built camps. This being because Hitler was a uniquely evil kind of person and the Nazis a uniquely evil kind of organisation.
This myth is so powerful that to even call it a myth can get you put in jail in some countries. And yet the counter myth denial of it focuses on the parts that actually are true like the fact of the numbers killed and the method of killing.
i.e the Holocaust denial myth says that they were ‘just work camps’ and that ‘they only died of disease’ etc
The dominant myth in this case starts with its conception as The Holocaust i.e its supposed uniqueness when the Soviets killed more in their camps – just not as efficiently.
Secondly there was obviously no conception of it being The Holocaust while it was happening – It was just some bad shit that was going down. What this means is that people didn’t wake up each day and go “I’m in the holocaust – my victimhood is total and the criminality of anyone guarding the camps is total”.
Thirdly the focus is always on the Jewish people that died they don’t talk about the millions of Russian prisoners of war that were killed – who cares about them?
The obvious reason for this is of course is the political power of the Jewish lobby in America.
Within this is a core problem with the holocaust as a unique event, that being the genocide part of it. genocide is an interesting concept. It means the killing of an entire race of people but the issue here is that if there’s something wrong with a race of people as opposed to large numbers of other people (like POWs being killed what is it? Surely it’s not that races are valuable things. If there was something more valuable about races as opposed to other groups of people then that would be playing into the whole cause of the genocide to begin with. If race has no biological meaning how can there be genocide?
Fourthly as opposed to it being all a Nazi idea it was the outcome of a combination of German and Jewish values. The Jewish value of the mass killing of populations as revealed to Moses, done by Joshua and recorded in the old testament, and the German value of efficiency and hard work.
That’s one of the reasons why Jewish people are so obsessed by ‘the’ Holocaust because they are excited by the idea of killing populations, except in this case since it was them so they can’t support it, but still want to think about it.
It would be one thing if that had happened as a part of Jewish history but now rejected as a bad thing but I’ve never heard any Jewish apology for the holocaust they inflicted upon the original inhabitants of Palestine. This is a part of Christianity too, but no one ever says “Oh God, got that mass killing wrong” So why should we expect a Christian country not to follow the instructions of their faith?
Today, missionaries continue to bring books containing instructions for genocide to all the least sophisticated corners of the earth. Guess what happens!
Fifthly, The conception of a bunch of helpless prisoners surrounded by guards who were controlling everything is infact false.
The book The Devils and the Damned by former prisoner Benedict Kautsky paints a different picture.
The first wave of prisoners and those in favored groups were able to form an aristocracy and live at the expense of the less fortunate. This included political prisoners (communists and social democrats), those from ‘anti social’ groups and Jews, Gipsies and criminals.
It’s interesting to note that these groups themselves accepted the labels that they and others had been given by the Nazis as meaning something in terms of how other prisoners should be treated. For instance the group of political prisoners who might previously have been battling amongst themselves were in one group whereas ‘criminals’ were in another. But what could ‘criminal’ mean in that context? i.e to be in prison for assault, murder or robbery by people who were doing the same thing but on a much grander scale.
If we look at why the holocaust myth was developed it’s easy just to say “It was the Jews” etc but actually it serves a function for German society because if it was just the fault of the evil Nazis then everyone else could be exonerated. If it turned out that the camps could not function without the support of society at large and the Jews, Communists and Social Democrats in it then that would be a terrible disaster. Luckily for Germany it’s illegal to say that there.
This is all linked in with another myth: That of the lack of responsibility of Germans for the holocaust. The French have a related saying about the occupation that nobody was a collaborator and everyone was in the resistance.
In the German context it is that everyone was silently disapproving and nobody was a Nazi. If it turns out that one of your ancestors was a Nazi, then you say that they had to be in the Nazi party to get along. If they were in the SS you say that they were in a part that didn’t have anything to do with the concentration camps. If they were in the camps you say that they were only following orders.
But in the end, because of the numbers of people that died, everyone is willing to say ‘oh to hell with it let that be a defining myth of evil in our time’.
And by the way even if you don’t think that that Holocaust is myth you likely think that ‘that’ Holocaust is not but other people’s “holocausts” are. If you don’t believe me try googling “Abortion Holocaust”.
Anyway I’m sick of writing about this one – let’s move onto the next myth.
Clickable extra resources below: