Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Today's Cartoon: British Historian David Irving Jailed for Denying Holocaust

There are plenty of people out there who claim to have evidence and/or knowledge which disproves the belief that around six million Jews were killed during the second World War. Still, the way I see it, denying the Holocaust is more of a "personal" choice than an educated one.

I'm all for "free speech" and I believe that everyone should all be allowed to speak their minds, however... the way I've always perceived the Holocaust is that it didn't just involve the killing of millions of Jews, but it also included the destruction of personal belongings, documents and identification, thus erasing their history from existence.

This is where the problem lies for historians. The "estimated" number is between five and six million; however, it could easily be more or less than that. There is no ACTUAL number that can be provided (and relied upon) as to just how many Jews (among others) were killed. Historians are pretty much left on their own to fill in the blanks. And what they decide to fill it with has much more to do with personal beliefs (and biases) than historical accuracy.

For some, it seems that this is a history that is based much more on "want" than "fact".

2 Comments:

Blogger eeore said...

It must be nice to be so relaxed about the death of millions....

4:38 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Who's "relaxed"? Me?

Uh, sorry "eeore", but I think you've misinterpreted the intention of cartoon/post. This isn't about denying/or downplaying the Holocaust. Rather the point that I am trying to make is that so much of it was (purposely) kept hidden from the world (by the Germans)that nobody knows for certain its full extent (that is the biggest tragedy of all). So Historians are forced to fill in the blanks on their own; and quite often they rely on own individual biases to write(and re-write)history.

I hope I've helped clear things up for you. Thanks for stoppying by :)

2:56 PM  

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