Holocaust? What Holocaust?
That’s the attitude of Egyptian columnist Wasim ‘Afifi, who contends the media has inflated the Holocaust because of a propaganda conspiracy by Russia to blacken the images of Germany and the West, which wanted to establish a state for the Jews in Palestine, reports the Middle East Media Research Center.
Auschwitz, according to ‘Afifi, was not a concentration camp but a factory for manufacturing pesticides. And the crematoria were meant for burning the bodies of typhus victims.
Writing for the Egyptian news portal Elmwatin.com, he said the world’s view of Auschwitz came from propaganda by Russia, which controlled the camp and manufactured fake evidence there after the war.
The Egyptian columnist asserted the claim that the Nazis killed 6 million Jews doesn’t add up.
“Historians point out that in 1938, there were 16.5 million Jews in the world, and that a decade later, that is, in 1948, there were 18.5 million Jews in the world,” he wrote.
“Assuming for the sake of argument that six million Jews were annihilated during World War II, it is inconceivable that the remaining 10 million reproduced at such a rate as to become 18 million a decade later. This is contrary to the laws of statistics, and to the human population growth [rate].”
He insisted there were no official documents that prove the Nazis had a policy of exterminating the Jews. The German plan, he said, was to create a Jewish homeland in Madagascar, but “technical difficulties” prompted them to use the Jews as laborers instead.
The historic photographs of camp inmates with ribs protruding from starvation? They were simply efforts by the Germans to “show the extent of the starvation and typhus in Germany in last years of the war,” ‘Afifi claimed.
He said that along with the Soviet Union, the West was a “partner in this conspiracy,” promoting the idea of establishing the state of Israel as the homeland of the Jews.
However, History.com points out that the Nazis themselves documented their “Final Solution” for the Jews.
“Beginning in late 1941, the Germans began mass transports from the ghettoes in Poland to the concentration camps, starting with those people viewed as the least useful: the sick, old and weak and the very young. The first mass gassings began at the camp of Belzec, near Lublin, on March 17, 1942. Five more mass killing centers were built at camps in occupied Poland, including Chelmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and the largest of all, Auschwitz-Birkenau. From 1942 to 1945, Jews were deported to the camps from all over Europe, including German-controlled territory as well as those countries allied with Germany. The heaviest deportations took place during the summer and fall of 1942, when more than 300,000 people were deported from the Warsaw ghetto alone,” History.com said.
“Though the Nazis tried to keep operation of camps secret, the scale of the killing made this virtually impossible.”
Auschwitz, it explained, was in fact a “large-scale industrial operation” that focused on murdering “more than two million people.”
“As many as 12,000 Jews were killed every day.”