Monday, June 7, 2010

Manufactured Ignorance Part 2

For 60 years, we were taught that between 1939 and 1945, the Nazis killed four milion Jews and two million others in the concentration camps. The Holocaust.

In 2009, in his mini-series of the war in Europe, in the penultimate episode, Tom Hanks reported that it was six million Jews and four million others killed in the Nazi concentration camps. This figure was quoted by the Israeli PM in a speach early in 2010, and became the new history (thanks to the Internet and the demise of accurate print reporting).

In the series "The Lost Films," shown here (Australia) in opposition to Hank's "The Pacific", the last episode said the the Nazis killed 14 million people between 1939 and 1945, more than half of them Jews. These figures were quoted while scenes from the concentration camps (more than 1500 claimed) were shown. How long before this figure becomes the new Holocaust figure?

The Nazis killed many civilians outside of the concentration camps: in the occupied countries when caught or during the invasions; in East Europe (courtesy of Nazi sympathisers using the occupation as a chance to settle old scores); the bombing of Britain; and in Russia. This figure could also include the number of soldiers killed on both sides.

But the authors did not bother to say just what they included in these figures. Ignorance of the facts, or an attempt to push an agenda?

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