Mark Weber says millions of Jews lost their lives because of Nazi policies

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2012-05-16 19:53

By Carolyn Yeager

Mark Weber, director of the Institute of Historical Review (IHR), ended his radio show The Mark Weber Report on April 25, 2012 by saying that “it cannot be disputed” that “millions [of Jews] were forced from their homes, millions lost their lives.”

How many millions? Weber doesn't say. How many were forced from their homes?… many, but not millions. Lost their lives? … no.

The only references Weber gives for this is some lines from the purported diary of Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Propaganda Minister under Adolf Hitler, and an editorial written by Goebbels in 1941 titled “The Jews are Guilty.” To this he adds an internal memo or “information bulletin” circulated among “high-level government officials” on Oct. 9, 1942 which he describes as including this line: “A full expulsion and removal of Jews in the European Economic Sphere is a pressing demand, and it is in the nature of the problem that it can only be carried out with ruthless severity.” Weber explained that “this means, in practice, that many many Jews were killed, mainly by shooting on the Eastern Front.” What does removal of Jews in the economic sphere have to do with shooting Jews in Russia? Weber is also inaccurate in saying the memo went to government officials; it states very plainly in the Nuremberg Judgement that this bulletin was sent to all Gauleiters and Kriesleiters, who were NS Party officials, not government officials.

On the 9th October, 1942, a confidential information bulletin was sent to all Gauleiters and Kreisleiters entitled "Preparatory Measures for the Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe. Rumours concerning the Conditions of the Jews in the East." This bulletin stated that rumours were being started by returning soldiers concerning the conditions of Jews in the East which some Germans might not understand, and outlined in detail the official explanation to be given. This bulletin contained no explicit statement that the Jews were being exterminated, but it did indicate they were going to labour camps, and spoke of their complete segregation and elimination and the necessity of ruthless severity. ...from Section “The Leadership Core of the Nazi Party” under Judgement: The Accused Organizations

Is Mark Weber implying that the Jews who were removed from the economic sphere in Europe were taken to places on the Eastern Front and shot? Millions of them? "Segregation and elimination" from German and European nations is what is meant here. Weber says only "expulsion and removal" but focuses on the word "ruthless." He backs this up with quotes from Goebbels' Diary, the authenticity of which he describes as “uncontestable.”

Weber ignores that the National Socialists often used the word “ruthless” in this context to emphasize that a natural reluctance among Germans to treat people in a hard manner had to be overcome or it would interfere with or sabotage the expulsion of the Jews, which was an important goal of the Nazis. Because Germans are not naturally ruthless, the Party leadership was often bolstered by being reminded that “we must be ruthless” in order to carry the policy out to the end. Even Goebbels had to keep reminding himself that ruthlessness was necessary. The German idea of ruthlessness is not the same as the Jewish idea of it. So I don't think this bulletin is proof of the murder of millions at all.

It's hard to know where Weber stands on the Jews since it's not something he will talk about, but it seems that he has grown to be increasingly on their side. He said that during the Nazi domination of Europe, “millions of Jews suffered a great catastrophe” and that “no serious person, no informed person disputes this.” Surely it was a great catastrophe from the point of view of the Jews, but how great a catastrophe it was from the point of view of history is another matter. Weber also used the word “genocide” in reference to the treatment of Europe's Jews, something the Jews themselves say.

Mark Weber the historian

Mark Weber calls himself an historian and an author—although he has never written a book and I just don't know how one can be considered an historian without at least one book on history to one's credit. I have argued before that Weber is a writer, and should not call himself an author. Does Mark Weber consider himself a scholar?

A scholar is one who has developed a thesis within his field of scholarship, something which Mark Weber has never done. That's why he can't write a book—he doesn't have the courage to come forth with ideas of his own. At best, he is a 'popularizer' or presenter of other people's points of view, and one with a talent for organizing these views into an easy-to-assimilate product. For this reason, Mark Weber is an asset to historical revisionism and his many articles, and some speeches and podcasts, are a valuable resource to students of 20th Century European history.

Long time holocaust revisionist Friedrich Paul Berg has asked Mark Weber to engage in a debate on a radio program format on the topic of gassing of Jews, but Weber has declined. Weber does not want to answer questions about his stated position that up to a million Jews died in gas chambers in Poland. He says he considers himself a holocaust revisionist, but if that is true he only represents “revisionism-lite,” or better, revisionism-ultra lite.

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