"There's no business like Shoah business."
— Gunther Wünker the elder, in Gilad Atzmon's A Guide to the Perplexed
Norman Finkelstein on
The Holocaust Industry
The BBC wrote on their website:
Jewish American historian Norman Finkelstein argues in his explosive new book, "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering" that Holocaust remembrance has been exploited by the Jewish establishment.Neither Finkelstein's book nor this website in any way excuses the actions of the Nazis, who (after being handed power by the German corporate capitalists in 1933) were eventually responsible for one of the greatest horrors ever to afflict Europe (the Second World War, as a consequence of which sixty million people died, including twenty million Russians). Awareness of the depravity exhibited by those who ran the Nazi state and the Nazi extermination campaigns should be part of any person's education, and should never be forgotten (although this should not be used as an excuse to ignore other campaigns of genocide against non-Jewish peoples — equally deserving of the term "holocaust").
In his book he contends that a greater threat to the memory of the Holocaust than Holocaust deniers is what he calls 'The Holocaust Industry'.
He accuses those who exploit the Holocaust of telling lies and of naked greed. He argues that the ruthless industrialisation of the Holocaust has encouraged the rebirth of anti-semitism in Europe and the United States.
The son of survivors of the Warsaw ghetto and concentration camps, he says, "I do care about the memory of my family's persecution. The current campaign of the Holocaust industry to extort money from Europe in the name of "needy Holocaust victims" has shrunk the moral stature of their martyrdom to that of a Monte Carlo casino."
But Finkelstein makes clear that the Holocaust Industry is not about making sure that Nazi depravity is not forgotten — it is about extorting huge sums of money from Switzerland, Germany and any other country which can be tarred with the Nazi brush.
Modern-day Germany has already atoned for the sins of the Nazi era, both morally and financially. Many times since the war (and even today) Germany's leaders have expressed their profound regret at the actions of the Nazis, and have accepted collective responsibility for what happened. As Finkelstein says, "In the early 1950s, Germany entered into negotiations with Jewish institutions and signed indemnification agreements. It has paid out to date some $60bn."
Although we may rightly feel contempt for the Germans of the 1920s and 1930s who supported Hitler, most of them are now dead. Germans born after the war (apart from a few young Nazi sympathizers) think very differently. Germany no longer has any reason to abase itself before the denunciation of its Nazi past. Especially not when that denunciation comes from those who appear to be motivated primarily by a desire for money.
The following two extracts from Norman Finkelstein's book were first published in The Guardian (London), Section G2, on July 12th and 13th, 2000.
Norman Finkelstein has caused a storm on both sides of the Atlantic and it is not hard to see why: he says the Holocaust has been exploited to extort cash, that most 'survivors' are bogus and that too much money is spent commemorating the Nazi genocide. In the first of two exclusive extracts, he argues that it's time to shut down 'the holocaust industry'.
The Business of Death
In our second extract from his controversial new book, Norman Finkeistein argues that the campaign to reclaim Jewish assets from Swiss banks smacks of hypocrisy and double standards.
It's not only the hypocrisy of those profiting from the Holocaust industry — the hypocrisy of the United States in this affair stinks to high heaven. Finkelstein writes:
Like Switzerland, the US denied entry to Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism before and during the second world war. Yet the US government hasn't seen fit to compensate them. And, although dwarfed in size and resources by the US, Switzerland admitted just as many Jewish refugees as America (approximately 20,000) during the Nazi Holocaust. ...
Alongside Switzerland, the committee observed, the US was also a primary safe haven for transferable Jewish assets in Europe. The question is, what happened to the dormant Holocaust-era accounts in American banks? ...
In his House testimony [Professor Seymour] Rubin stated that, after a most superficial and rudimentary audit of banks in just New York, the value of these accounts was put at $6m. Jewish organisations requested this sum for "needy survivors" from Congress ... [but the US] "took only very limited measures to identify heirless assets in the United States, and made available a mere $500,000, in contrast to the $32m acknowledged by Swiss banks even prior to the Volcker inquiry." In other words, the US record is much worse than the Swiss record.
And, as Finkelstein points out, the US refuses even to consider the question of compensation to African-Americans for having enslaved their ancestors, reduced them and their descendants to poverty and misery, and denied black Americans their human rights during most of the history of the US.
And if we're talking genocide, let's not forget the genocide perpetrated by the US against the original inhabitants of the land (almost all of the continental US) siezed by the US government. How many indigenous American Indian families broken and destroyed? How many millions slaughtered? ... But will the US government consider compensation for survivors of this genocide? No.
In August 1944 Dwight D. Eisenhower (who in the early 1960s ordered the assassination of Patrice Lamumba) and Henry C. Morgenthau came up with the Morgenthau Plan to inflict collective punishment upon the German people following the end of the Second World War. This was, basically, a plan to starve millions of Germans, mostly citizens, to death (reminiscent of the plan that the Nazis had for Ukrainians and Russians). Although the plan was officially cancelled, it was in fact implemented.
In March 1946 U.S. Senator Langer said in the Senate:
[We] are caught in what has now unfolded as a savage and fanatical plot to destroy the German people by visiting on them a punishment in kind for the atrocities of their leaders. Not only have the leaders of this plot [Eisenhower and Morgenthau] permitted the whole world situation to get out of hand ... but their determination to destroy the German people and the German Nation, no matter what the consequences to our own moral principles ... has become a world scandal. ... We have all seen the grim pictures of piled-up bodies uncovered by the American and British armies, and our hearts have been wrung with pity at the sight of such emaciation -- reducing adults and even little children to mere skeletons. Yet now, to our utter horror, we discover that our own policies have merely spread those same conditions even more widely ... among our former enemies. — Quoted in James Bacque's Crimes and Mercies, p.39.
The result of the Morgenthau plan was that in fact millions of Germans, mostly civilians, died during 1945-1950 as a result of starvation and disease. (It is not irrelevant to point out that Morgenthau was himself Jewish.) This was a genocidal action by the British and the American governments. But will the US government consider compensation for survivors of this genocide? No. Why not? Because (in the minds of the perpetrators) genocide is evil only when done by another.
Further articles on this website:
- James A. Montanye's review of The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering
- Sherri Muzher: Racism: When will We Face the Facts?
- Israel Shamir: Battle for Palestine
Norman Finkelstein's website is here.
Although the Jews (not to mention the gypsies, socialists and others) suffered much at the hands of the Nazis it seems that they were also good students. It is quite plain to see that the Zionists are now applying what they learnt in their attitude to, and brutal treatment of, the Palestinians. Ask any Israeli where the term Arabrein (said of areas that have been "cleansed" of Arabs) comes from.
On 2002-11-22 an Israeli military sniper murdered a UN official, Iain John Hook, in the United Nations Relief Works Agency compound as he tried to evacuate civilians and staff caught up in an Israeli military assault on a nearby house. Hook had been directing the rebuilding of Jenin refugee camp, previously reduced to rubble by the Israeli army.
Murdered by Israelis
On 2002-11-30 Israeli troops inspected a warehouse in Beit Lahiya (Gaza) which belonged to the World Food Programme, which was clearly marked with UN flags, and which contained 500 metric tons of flour, rice and vegetable oil, intended for distribution to the poorest families in Gaza to celebrate the forthcoming Muslim feast of Eid. The Israeli troops dynamited the building and destroyed the food.
The Zionists indeed learnt well from the Nazis. So well that it seems that their morally repugnant treatment of the Palestinians, and their attempts to destroy Palestinian society within Israel and the occupied territories, reveals them as basically Nazis with beards and black hats.
Links to other websites:
- Norman Finkelstein: Counterfeit Courage: Reflections on "Political Correctness" in Germany (Counterpunch, 2002-11-25)
- Finkelstein Book On Holocaust 'Industry' Sets Germans Squirming
- Interview With Controversial Prof. Norman Finkelstein In Die Welt
- $5bn Nazi slave fund set up
- Is there a Holocaust Industry?
- The Holocaust History Project
- World War Two Revisionism
- Christian Pross: Paying for the Past
- Germany Has Paid Out More Than $61.8 Billion in Third Reich Reparations
- Holocaust-Era Assets, including Bibliography: Restitution
- The Material Losses of the German Freemasons
- Alfred M. Lilienthal : Why The Rise In Anti-Semitism In Europe?
- Alfred Lilienthal's website
- Israel Accused
- Israel and the Occupied Territories: Excessive use of lethal force
- Palestinians Accuse Israel of War Crimes
- The Writings of Israel Shamir
- The First Holocaust
- Lauren A.E. Schuker: Law school professor denies he relied on another's work
A DePaul University professor [Norman Finkelstein] has charged Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan M. Dershowitz with committing plagiarism in his recent bestselling book The Case for Israel — an accusation that has set off a furious back-and-forth about what does and does not constitute plagiarism.
- Norman Finkelstein: Finkelstein Proclaims 'The Glove Does Fit'
Quite simply, the book he [Dershowitz] claims to have written is a hoax: (1) substantial swatches are lifted from another notorious hoax on the Israel-Palestine conflict, (2) it is replete with egregious falsifications, and (3) the few scholarly sources actually cited are mangled beyond recognition.
- Noam Chomsky: The Fate of an Honest Intellectual — about Norman Finkelstein
- Egypt Sounds Off on the "Myth" of the Holocaust (Also here.)
- 2004-12-20 CE: Holocaust survivors, U.S. agree to settle claims Army stole Jewish riches
The families and the Justice Department said they have agreed in principle to a financial award covering Hungarian families worldwide, but the terms have not been worked out. The lawsuit sought up to $10,000 each for as many as 30,000 Hungarian Jews and their survivors. ... Sen. Charles Schumer, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said, "This agreement is a step closer to the goal we all share, a measure of justice for these Holocaust victims and their families."
- Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, UK, 2005-01-01: Holocaust fund investigated for 'unusual' money transfers (Also here.)
- Norman G. Finkelstein's latest book (June 2005): Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
- Gary Younge: J'accuseFinkelstein billed his book as "an exposé of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict," but essentially it is an attack on Dershowitz in general and his bestselling book, The Case for Israel, in particular, which Finkelstein describes as "among the most spectacular academic frauds ever published on the Israel-Palestine conflict."
Norman Finkelstein: The Attacks on Beyond Chutzpah
- Norman Finkelstein & Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami Debate: Complete Transcript
- Anis Hamadeh: Finkelstein Banned in Berlin: A Democracy that isn't a Democracy
(Except for the Palestinians, of course.)
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