I came across a post on The Wandering Jew regarding an apparent revisionist effort on the part of the BBC. It seems this recent story about Prince Harry and his poor choice in costume at a party has stirred things up a bit about the Holocaust and how it is recorded. I haven’t read much about the original story or the stories that it has given rise to. For my part I think he should have known better than to wear a Nazi uniform and that doing so could only have caused the furor it did. Harry’s insensitivity is a good reason for him to spend some time delving into the Holocaust and its impact.
Anyway, a man by the name of Tom Gross has picked up on a page on a BBC site that simply records that:
The Holocaust was a mass murder of millions of people leading up to and during the Second World War.
The killings took place in Europe between 1933 and 1945. They were organised by the German Nazi party which was lead by Adolf Hitler.
Most of the victims died because they belonged to certain racial or religious groups which the Nazis wanted to wipe out, even though they were German citizens.
This kind of killing is called genocide.
Of course this has given rise to great debate regarding this apparent revisionist effort. The objections to this piece are that (quoting from Melanie Phillips’s Diary) "this neglects to (a) mention Jews (b) falsely states most victims were
German citizens, and (c) encourages the myth that other groups were persecuted by the Nazis in anything like the way Jews were." If this is all there were to it then I would agree that more information out to be placed on the site. Only, this isn’t all there is on that site. There are a number of links off that site and one of them links to the following content:
The largest group of victims were Jewish people.
It is estimated about 6 million died – nearly 7 out of every 10 Jews living in Europe.
But we will never know exactly how many died, or who they all were and there are lots of different estimates.
The Nazis also killed other large groups of people who they thought were inferior races, including:
Other large groups of people murdered were:
- Civilians and soldiers from the Soviet Union
- Catholics from Poland
- Romany Gypsies.
They also murdered politicians, journalists, teachers and anyone else who spoke out against Hitler.
There were many millions of non-Jewish victims.
So? Why all the hysteria? I recognise the importance of people who question how the media deals with important history like this and at the same time, I think people need to think twice before going off on yet another sensationalist mission.