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Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Palestinians caused the Holocaust is a ludicrous distortion

October 23rd, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu

The seeds of Hitler’s murderous anti-Semitism, which came to their full poisonous fruition in the Holocaust were first planted in his fertile but horribly twisted mind before the First World War when he was living the life of a down and out in Vienna while trying in vain to enter the city’s Fine Art School.

The Mayor of Vienna, Karl Lueger, was an open, if idiosyncratic anti-semite, and the city was awash with gutter literature extolling the Germanic race, and excoriating the “lesser breeds” of the multinational Habsburg empire who had flooded into the cosmopolitan capital – especially the Jews. The future Fuehrer eagerly lapped up these racist pamphlets and newspapers, forming a murderous mindset that was to last for the rest of his life.

Hitler spewed out his hatred of the Jews in speech after speech after founding the Nazi party in Munich in 1919, and set it down in cold print when he was imprisoned for almost a year after the failure of his 1923 Beerhall Putsch, and used his enforced leisure in the fortress prison of Landsberg to dictate his notorious combined autobiography and political manifesto “Mein Kampf”.

“”Today I will once more be a prophet. If the international Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into world war, then the result will not be the Bolshevisation of the earth and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.”"

In a chilling prophecy of what actually happened when he achieved the power to put his sick schemes into action, Hitler talked of holding Jews “under gas”, and his writing exudes a physical disgust with Jews deflowering pure Aryan maidens. Later, before his hand-picked Reichstag meeting in Berlin’s Kroll Opera House, Hitler openly predicted that if war broke out in Europe it would end in the extermination of European Jewry. He could hardly have made his hideous intentions clearer.

In ongoing debates about the origins of the Holocaust, historians are still divided between “intentionalists” who hold that it was Hitler’s intention all along to physically wipe out the Jews, and those who claim that the actual circumstances of the war were responsible for the setting up of the Polish death camps – Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Sobibor and Majdanek among others – where most of the industrialised killing took place. None, however, have argued that the Grand Mufti gave Hitler the idea.

German invasion of Poland, 1 September 1939

By the time the two men met in 1941, the mass killing of Jews was already a fact. From the moment that Hitler’s legions invaded Poland in 1939, the Wehrmacht was accompanied by special SS and auxiliary Police battalions tasked with killing Jews. Before the development of chambers where Zyklon B poison gas was used, various other methods were employed, from mass shootings, burnings, batterings, hangings, burial alive and specially adapted vans that pumped carbon monoxide fumes inside to asphyxiate their passengers. These methods were eventually deemed too slow, and the killings escalated inexorably into the millions in the last years of the war with the construction of the gas chambers.

Benjamin Netanyahu, a skilful politician himself, should know enough about the fate of his own people in the Holocaust, and the efforts of Holocaust deniers to twist History, to be able to resist the temptation to indulge in such distortion himself.

Nigel Jones is a historian of Nazi Germany and the author of Hitler’s Heralds and Countdown to Valkyrie. He leads tours of Germany’s Nazi sites for Historical Trips.


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