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Zgram - Where Truth is Destiny:  Now more than ever!

December 11, 2004

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

Once more, an essay for history from Dr. Robert Faurisson, Europe's 
most renown Revisionist.  (The short bio sketch was supplied by 
Michael Santomauro of RePorterNoteBook at aol.com )

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  About the author:

  Dr. Robert Faurisson is Europe's leading Holocaust revisionist 
scholar. He  was educated at the Paris Sorbonne, and served as 
associate professor at the  University of Lyon in France from 1974 
until 1990. He is a recognized specialist  of text and document 
analysis. After years of private research and study, Dr.  Faurisson 
first made public his skeptical views about the Holocaust 
extermination story in articles published in 1978 in the French daily 
Le Monde. His  writings on the Holocaust issue have appeared in two 
books and numerous scholarly  articles, many of which have been 
published in the IHR's Journal of Historical  Review. [ www.ihr.org ]

Dr. Robert FAURISSON  

23 November 2004 

Romania yields to the blackmail of Jewish organisations

  The press of the whole world has rung with the news: Romania, after 
persistently saying that it had incurred no personal responsibility 
in what is  conventionally called "the extermination of the Jews" (or 
"the Holocaust" or "the  Shoah"), has at last seen the error of its 
ways and is set to do penance. In  France, Le Monde recently 
headlined "Romania formally acknowledges its  participation in the 
extermination of the Jews" (article by Mirel Bran, 17 November  2004, 
p. 7).

  Yet, if there is one country that protected its Jews during the 
Second World  War, that country is Romania. This truth could still be 
articulated twenty or  so years ago. Today, we are bidden to conceal 
it, and so to lie.

   On the reality of the Romanian Jews' fate during the war, let us 
first quote,  by way of a foreword, a testimony published by 
L'Express in 1979 under the  title "Les Roumains et les Juifs" ("The 
Romanians and the Jews"), then, for a  more in-depth consideration, 
look closely at a 1982 report in Le Monde juif,  the review of the 
Centre de documentation juive contemporaine (CDJC) in Paris,  under 
the remarkable heading "La Roumanie sauvée de l'Holocauste" ("Romania 
saved from the Holocaust").

  "The Romanians and the Jews"

  Here is the letter signed by one Constantin Mares that appeared in 
L'Express  (week of 10 to 16 March 1979):

  I am a Romanian living in the Federal Republic of Germany. I am 51 
years old.  When Hitler died I was 17. - I read with bewilderment in 
L'Express n°1440  that in Romania, during the Second World War 
(source cited and taken up without  objection), 425,000 Jews are 
alleged to have died or disappeared, in other  words 50% of a Jewish 
population of 850,000 (in 1939). - This is a grave error, a 
veritable slander directed at a people who have suffered far too 
much, who  have never practised hatred, political or racial mass 
killing or invasion of  territories belonging to other peoples. It is 
also the occasion to remind your  readers that, during the Second 
World War, Romania was not led by a Fascist  party but by a marshal 
who committed some errors, but who waged a struggle of  invaded 
territories. - It is my duty to specify that, during the Second World 
War,  my Romanian compatriots of Jewish origin were not made to wear 
the star of  David, that they had schools, that, in the capital of 
the country there operated  a [Jewish] secondary school (the 
"Culture") and a [Jewish] theatre (the  Baracheum), the latter being 
attended by all inhabitants of Bucharest, Jewish or  non-Jewish. In 
those years, on the stage of the Romanian national theatre, the  play 
"Star without a Name", written by the great Romanian playwright of 
Jewish origin Mihail Sebastian, brought full houses. In all Romania 
there existed  no concentration camps for the Jews, with Marshal 
Antonescu having personally  opposed Hitler's request [to establish 
them], and, consequently, none of my  compatriots were handed over to 
the Nazis.

  Let us chiefly note three strong points of this brief testimony: the 
Romanian  Jews, unlike, for example, certain French Jews, did not 
have to wear a star  of David in public, were not put in 
concentration camps and were not handed  over to the Germans for 
deportation to Germany or Poland. 

  "Romania saved from the Holocaust"

  (presentation of the Popescu report by Le Monde juif)

  Bearing the signature of Josif Toma Popescu, the report entitled "La 
Roumanie  sauvée de l'Holocauste" (Le Monde juif, January-March 1982, 
p. 1-2 and 3-11)  is all the more important as it received the 
approval of the CDJC, whose  director was Georges Wellers, sworn 
enemy of the revisionists. The presentation by  Le Monde juif (p. 
1-2) of the report (p. 3-11) is laudatory and rather  honest. It is 
careful to recall that the Romanian government did not incur 
responsibility in the fate that may have been experienced by the Jews 
of certain  territories that had been stripped from the country 
between 28 June and 30 August  1940 in application of the 
German-Soviet pact and of the treaty of Vienna  imposed by Hitler and 
Mussolini. In the space of two months, northern Transylvania  was 
annexed by Hungary, Bessarabia and northern Bucovina were annexed by 
the  Soviet Union and southern Dobruja was annexed by Bulgaria. 
Consequently, to  impute to Romania responsibility for the fate of 
the Jews in all of those regions  amounts to a swindle. What is true 
is that in 1941 the Romanian government,  allied with Germany, was to 
recover Bucovina and Bessarabia and then transplant  many Jews of 
those provinces in Transnistria (the western part of the Soviet 
Ukraine) with the intention of sending them to the Urals should 
circumstances  allow. The project of a transfer and settling of those 
Jews was to meet with  disaster and, one year on, those of them who 
had avoided death from typhus,  hunger and the cold - the main 
killers in the tragedy - were taken back to  Romania. The team of Le 
Monde juif specify: "The responsibility of the Romanian  government 
in these hardships is a heavy one, although it is not easy to 
distinguish it from that of the German officials [Romania's allies in 
the crusade  against the Soviet Union]. Le Monde juif condemns the 
existence of ghettos (!) in  the rest of the country and the 
anti-Jewish laws whilst adding that, on the  other hand, there were 
no deportations to the camps in Poland or Germany. It goes  so far as 
to acknowledge that general Antonescu (who became Marshal in August 
1941), deputy prime minister Mihai Antonescu (an Anglophile), the 
Queen  Mother and some high authorities of the orthodox church 
responded favourably to the  numerous interventions by the chief 
rabbi of Romania, Dr Alexandre Safran. As  for Iuliu Maniu, former 
prime minister and president of the National  Peasants' Party, he 
played, in his relations with Marshal Antonescu, a decisive role  in 
favour of his Jewish compatriots.

  "Romania saved from the Holocaust"

  (the Popescu report itself)

  At the time, J. T. Popescu was a practising barrister in Bucharest. 
His  report is rich in precisions confirming that, thanks in 
particular to Marshal  Antonescu's government, the Romanian Jews saw 
themselves spared all sorts of  hardships inflicted on the Jews of 
various other European countries. A certain  number of these Romanian 
Jews showed their sympathy for the cause of the Soviet  Union, which 
was fighting Romania. At the beginning of the war, in the town of 
Iasi, a Romanian military formation, marching to the front and 
passing through a  narrow street, had been attacked by some Jewish 
communists: there ensued an  engagement that cost lives on either 
side as well as amongst the population;  only the Jewish losses, 
considerably inflated by legend, have been recorded in  history. J. 
T. Popescu does not bring up this affair but he does call to mind  an 
illustration of it: the Romanian Jews were not mobilised in the 
Romanian  army and thus did not take part in the Russian campaign, 
which was to cause  Romania terrible losses. As compensation for this 
privilege, Marshal Antonescu had  foreseen "a special contribution 
imposed solely on the Jews, considering that  they were not 
participating in the military campaign" (p.7). Nonetheless, upon  one 
of the many interventions of I. Maniu, the projected measure was 
abandoned. The Popescu report also mentions an astonishing Jewish 
privilege: the  granting, with retroactive effect, of an old-age 
pension to foreign Jews who,  having worked in Romania, had neglected 
to satisfy the formalities of  naturalisation within the stipulated 
time. With illegal Jewish immigrants flocking to the  country from 
Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, the government in Bucharest 
looked to take measures for the internment and forcible repatriation 
of such  persons but ended up, once again, abandoning the idea. On 23 
August 1944, when  the fortunes of war had turned, Marshal Antonescu 
was arrested by order of King  Michael I and handed over to the 
Soviets, who executed him in 1946.  

  The figure of Marshal Antonescu

  For their part, the Romanian people after the war were to experience 
the  rigours of communism (1947-1989). Then, after the fall of 
communism, they set  about erecting statues here and there of their 
former "Conducator". Far from  appearing as a "fascist", Antonescu at 
the time assumed the traits of a  nationalist who, in 1941, had, at 
the extreme right, violently put an end to the Iron  Guard movement 
and, at the extreme left, taken up arms against communism. With 
respect to his German allies he had proved to be fiercely independent 
both in  his refusal to hand over the Jewish communists in his 
country for internment  in camps in Germany or Poland and also in the 
facilities that he accorded to  the Jews, at the height of the war, 
in order to let them reach Turkey.

  Today the Romanian Jewish community and its friends in the 
international  community protest against the homage paid to the 
memory of the Marshal who was  shot by the communists. In December 
2000, a right-wing leader, Corneliu Vadim  Tudor, who received 28% of 
the votes cast in the presidential election of that  year won by Ion 
Ilescu, stated: "I do not dispute the Holocaust, but I don't  think 
that grief should be exploited as a business. [Š] In [the case of] 
Romania, figures are exaggerated so as to claim a maximum of 
financial compensation  [Š]. The Jews are asking us to demolish the 
statues of Antonescu as the  Talibans have done with the Buddha's" 
(Mirel Bran, "L'autre mémoire roumaine", Le  Monde, 8 March 2002, p. 
8).  

  Romania is a candidate for membership in both the European Union and 
NATO.  But the first condition imposed on candidate countries is, as 
we know, the  payment of an entrance fee to benefit the international 
Jewish organisations. The  amount of the fee is not negotiable: it is 
directly proportional to these  organisations' tally of Jews who, 
they allege, perished during the war in the  country in question. 
This kosher tax will have to be paid, cash on the nail, as the  Swiss 
have paid theirs, even though they were not asking anything of 
anyone,  and certainly not membership in the European Union or NATO.

  Kneeling and penitence

    The Romanian government has bowed low, got down on its knees and 
made its  act of contrition. "Under the pressure of the Jewish 
community of the United  States, Romania, a candidate for NATO, has 
ended up reconsidering its past. In  March [2002], a new law notably 
prohibited [Š] statues of Marshal Antonescu.  Three of these have 
already been dismantled", announced Mirel Bran with  satisfaction (Le 
Monde, 17 July 2002, p. 5). The said law, in its anti-revisionist 
provision, punishes "any public denial of the Holocaust" with five 
years'  imprisonment (in France the tariff is one year). In an open 
letter signed by Hillary  Clinton, senator from New York, Romania has 
been summoned to remove the  Marshal's portrait from the gallery of 
portraits of all Romanian prime ministers.  Octogenarians of Romanian 
origin, having become United States citizens since  the war, have 
been declared former war criminals by American courts, stripped of 
their American nationality and handed over to Romania for trial and 
conviction there. Elie Wiesel has personally inaugurated a monument 
to the "Holocaust"  in Romania and warned president Iliescu and 
social democratic prime minister  Adrian Nastase: "Do not turn your 
back on the past. [Š] Integrate it into  your life and you will 
flourish. Forget it and you are doomed" (New York Times,  31 July 
2002). Slightly less than a year afterwards, on 12 June 2003, the 
Romanian government, in an ephemeral movement of rebellion, declared: 
"This  Government encourages research concerning the Holocaust in 
Europe - including  documents referring to it and found in Romanian 
archives - but strongly emphasizes  that between 1940 and 1945 no 
Holocaust took place within Romania's boundaries",  which was 
accurate. Five days later, "yielding to international pressure",  to 
the wrath of the State of Israel and to the indignation of the Yad 
Vashem  Institute in Jerusalem, Bucharest rectified its position and, 
on 17 June, issued  a statement confessing that the Antonescu 
government "was guilty of grave war  crimes, pogroms, and mass 
deportations of Romanian Jews to territories  occupied or controlled 
by the Romanian army", adding that the wartime regime had  employed 
"methods of discrimination and extermination that are part of the 
Holocaust" 
(http://www.rferl.org/newsline/2003/06/4-SEE/see-180603.asp). On 14
February 2004, the press announced the repentance of the "far-right" 
politician C.  V. Tudor: "I am asking for forgiveness from all Jews. 
I've changed". He  stated his intention to "lead a group of [Greater 
Romania] party members to the  site of the Auschwitz camp in southern 
Poland this year. He also promised that  if he became president, he 
would introduce the study of the Holocaust in  schools" ( 
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1076744701710&p=1008596981749).

      Thus, as we have seen, Le Monde of 17 November 2004 was able to 
trumpet  in a three-sentence headline: "Romania formally acknowledges 
having  participated in the extermination of the Jews. President Ion 
Iliescu assumes 'the full  responsibility of the State' for the Shoah 
during the Second World War. About  400,000 Jews and 11,000 Gypsies 
were killed." The latter figures obviously do  not correspond to any 
historical truth; they constitute a mere indication of  amount of the 
bill that will be presented to the Romanian taxpayer. The article 
recalled that, in the recent past, Ion Iliescu had tried to "minimise 
the  tragedy of the Jews in Europe and especially in Romania" to such 
a degree that  "the Jerusalem Post had called for the isolation of 
the Romanian head of State on  the international scene, likening him 
to the Austrian extremist leader Jörg  Haider". The Israeli interior 
minister, Avraham Poraz, himself born in Romania,  had declared the 
Romanian president "persona non grata". The Le Monde piece  ended 
with the confirmation of three news items: a memorial to the Shoah is 
to  be built by the Romanian government, then a museum of the 
"Holocaust" and,  finally, "this dark episode of Romanian history 
will be incorporated in the  school textbooks".

      If Georges Wellers were to return to this world and reiterate in 
Bucharest the remarks made in    Le Monde juif of March 1982, he 
would incur on the  spot a five-year prison sentence: the fact stands 
as a firm indication that  that, year after year and from one country 
to another, the conquering character of  Shoah Business and the 
"Holocaust" industry is growing ever more forceful.  Over this 
subject there reigns an entente, and a cordial one, of master 
blackmailers between the State of Israel, the Jewish diaspora and the 
American  superpower.  

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  Note: Today Romania is accused of having killed 400,000 Jews and, if 
one is  to believe the press, she is also accusing herself. Yet, 
according to the most  highly regarded Jewish historians, the number 
of dead (and not only of the  killed) was quite smaller. Gerald 
Reitlinger proposes a total of from 210,000 to  220,000 dead, whilst 
specifying that "owing to the lack of reliable  information at the 
time of writing, these figures must be regarded as conjectural" (The 
Final Solution, Jacob Aronson, North Vale, New Jersey, 1987 [1956], 
p. 497,  501). Lucy Dawidowicz puts forth the figure of 300,000 (The 
War against the  Jews, 1933-1945, New York, Holt, Rinehart and 
Winston, 1975, p. 403) and Raul  Hilberg that of 270,000 (The 
Destruction of the European Jews, New York, Holmes  and Meier, 1985, 
p. 1220). Leni Yahil, for her part, refrains from giving any  figure; 
her conclusion on the fate of the Romanian Jews is, in certain 
places,  qualified to the point it amounts, if one may say so, to a 
defence of Romania ( The Holocaust, the Fate of European Jewry, 
1932-1945, translated from the  Hebrew, New York and Oxford, Oxford 
University Press, 1990 [1987], p. 344-348).  For an interesting 
debate between two revisionists (Serban C. Andronescu and  Mark 
Weber) on the subject of the Romanian Jews during the Second World 
War and  for some quite different mortality figures, one may consult 
The Journal of  Historical Review (Summer 1982, p. 211-223; Fall 
1982, p. 233-238; Winter 1982, p.  357-358, 479).

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