Third and Final Installment of Ron Unz’s “Understanding World War II” https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-understanding-world-war-ii/
When we want to demonize someone the worst epithet we can think of is to call him a Nazi or compare the person to Hitler, as Hillary Clinton did when she declared Russia’s President Putin “the new Hitler.” This ingrained habit comes from the influence of the massive anti-German World War II propaganda. Revisionist historians who have actually dug up the buried evidence and examined it have made a case that whatever the Nazi crimes, they were rivaled, if not exceeded, by those of Churchill and the Americans.
Unz, a prolific reader with a knack for tying things together reviews some of the true history in what follows. To condition yourself for the coming shock, keep in mind that the same Hitler that is said to have hated Jews and systematically gassed and burnt them, had 150,000 half-and quarter-Jews serving in his armies, “mostly as combat officers, and these included at least 15 half-Jewish generals and admirals, with another dozen quarter Jews holding those same high ranks. The most notable example was Field Marshal Erhard Milch, Hermann Goering’s powerful second-in-command, who played such an important operational role in creating the Luftwaffe. Milch certainly had a Jewish father, and according to some much less substantiated claims, perhaps even a Jewish mother as well, while his sister was married to an SS general.”
When truth-tellers rattle our cages, we get upset over having our comfortable make-believe world disturbed and shout invectives. Rather than condemn the messenger, the more mature response would be to condemn those who lied to us and institutionalized false history into our consciousness. Keep in mind that the few who tell you the truth pay a high price for doing so; therefore, you should refrain from adding your invective to the copious amount heaped on them by the Establishment. Think about it. Which is your true friend, the one who tells you the truth, or the one who controls the explanations you receive in order to advance his own agenda?
I again state my admiration of Ron Unz. He is Jewish. He is highly intelligent. He is a Harvard graduate. He is an entrepreneur who made himself a multi-millionaire. He could have held his fire and risen to the top of the establishment. Instead, he chose to tell us the truth. Ron Unz is the person who should be President. Unlike Trump, Unz would know how to staff a government that would put truth and morality back in charge of our future.
Here is Ron Unz weighing for us the historical evidence on who was the worst war criminal. The emphasis is added:
For most present-day Americans, the primary image associated with Hitler and his German regime is the horrendous scale of the war-crimes that they supposedly committed during the global conflict that they are alleged to have unleashed. But in one of his lectures, Irving made the rather telling observation that the relative scale of such World War II crimes and especially their evidentiary base might not necessarily point in the direction of implicating the Germans.
Although Hollywood and those in its thrall have endlessly cited the findings of the Nuremberg Tribunals as the final word on Nazi barbarism, even a cursory examination of those proceedings raises enormous skepticism. As time passed, historians gradually acknowledged that some of the most shocking and lurid pieces of evidence used to secure worldwide condemnation of the defendants—the human lampshades and bars of soap, the shrunken heads—were entirely fraudulent. The Soviets were determined to prosecute the Nazis for the Katyn Forest massacre of the captured Polish officer corps even though the Western Allies were convinced that Stalin had actually been responsible, a belief eventually confirmed by Gorbachev and the newly-opened Soviet archives. If the Germans had actually done so many horrible things, one wonders why the prosecution would have bothered including such fabricated and false charges.
And over the decades, considerable evidence has accumulated that the Gas Chambers and the Jewish Holocaust—the central elements of today’s Nazi “Black Legend”—were just as fictional as all those other items. The Germans were notoriously meticulous record-keepers, embracing orderly bureaucracy like no other people, and nearly all their archives were captured at the end of the war. Under these circumstances, it seems rather odd that there are virtually no traces of the plans or directives associated with the monstrous crimes that their leadership supposedly ordered committed in such massively industrial fashion. Instead, the entirety of the evidence seems to consist of a tiny quantity of rather doubtful documentary material, the dubious interpretations of certain phrases, and various German confessions, often obtained under brutal torture.
Given his crucial wartime role in Military Intelligence, John Beaty [美国的铁幕] was particularly harsh in his denunciation of the proceedings, and the numerous top American generals who endorsed his book add considerably to the weight of his verdict:
他严厉抨击纽伦堡审判，他称纽伦堡审判是对美国的“重大不可磨灭的污点”和“正义的讽刺”。 据他说，诉讼以复仇的德国犹太人为主导，其中许多人伪造证词甚至有犯罪背景。 结果，这场“惨败”仅告诉德国人“我们的政府没有正义感”。 战后即刻的共和党领袖罗伯特·塔夫脱（Robert Taft）担任非常相似的职位，后来他赢得了约翰·肯尼迪（John F. Kennedy）的称赞。 勇气简介。 在1930年代后期臭名昭著的斯大林主义秀场审判期间，纽伦堡的首席苏联检察官也发挥了相同的作用，在此期间，许多老布尔什维克对各种荒谬和荒谬的事情供认不讳，这几乎没有提高诉讼程序对许多外部人士的可信度。观察者。
By contrast, Irving notes that if the Allies had instead been in the dock at Nuremberg, the evidence of their guilt would have been absolutely overwhelming. After all, it was Churchill who began the illegal terror-bombing of cities, a strategy deliberately intended to provoke German retaliation and which eventually led to the death of a million or more European civilians. Late in the war, military reversals had even persuaded the British leader to order similarly illegal poison gas attacks against German cities, along with the initiation of even more horrific biological warfare involving anthrax bombs. Irving located these signed directives in the British archives, although Churchill was later persuaded to countermand them before they were carried out. By contrast, German archival material demonstrates that Hitler had repeatedly ruled out any first use of such illegal weapons under any circumstances, even though Germany’s far deadlier arsenal might have turned the tide of the war in its favor.
Although long forgotten today, Freda Utley was a mid-century journalist of some prominence. Born an Englishwoman, she had married a Jewish Communist and moved to Soviet Russia, then fled to America after her husband fell in one of Stalin’s purges. Although hardly sympathetic to the defeated Nazis, she strongly shared Beaty’s view of the monstrous perversion of justice at Nuremberg and her first-hand account of the months spent in Occupied Germany is eye-opening in its description of the horrific suffering imposed upon the prostrate population even years after the end of the war. Moreover:
她的书还大量报道了西里西亚，萨达滕兰，东普鲁士以及中欧和东欧其他地区（他们曾和平生活了多个世纪）有组织地驱逐德国人的情况，据估计，这些驱逐者的总数为13至15万。 有时，家人只有十分钟的时间离开他们居住了一个世纪或更长时间的房屋，然后被迫步行走走，有时走了数百英里，走到了他们从未见过的遥远土地上，只有他们财产就是他们可以随身携带的东西。 在某些情况下，任何幸存的人都被分离出来，然后运到奴隶劳动营地，从而产生了只由妇女，儿童和年长者组成的外流。 据估计，至少有数百万人因饥饿，疾病或暴露而丧生。
这些天，我们无休止地阅读着关于切诺基人在19世纪初期遥遥无期的臭名昭著的“眼泪小径”的痛苦讨论，但是这个相当相似的20世纪事件的规模却大了近一千倍。 尽管在数量上存在巨大的差异，而且时间上的距离要远得多，但我想前者可能会吸引普通美国人一千倍的公众意识。 如果是这样，这表明压倒性的媒体控制可以轻易地将感知到的现实转移百万分之一或更多。
I think perhaps the most plausible explanation for the widespread promotion of a multitude of largely fictional German war-crimes at Nuremberg was to the camouflage and obscure the very real ones actually committed by the Allies.
Other related indicators may be found in the extreme tone of some of the American publications of the period, even those produced well before our country even entered the war. For example:
但是早在1940年，一个名叫西奥多·考夫曼（Theodore Kaufman）的美国犹太人就对他认为希特勒虐待德国犹太人感到非常愤怒，于是他出版了一本简短的书，题为《 德国必须灭亡！, in which he explicitly proposed the total extermination of the German people. And that book apparently received favorable if perhaps not entirely serious discussion in many of our most prestigious media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time Magazine.
Meanwhile, the terrible nature of the Pacific War fought in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor is suggested by a 1944 issue of Life magazine that carried the photo of a young American woman with the skull of a Japanese soldier her boyfriend had sent her as a war souvenir. If any Nazi magazines ever featured similar images, I doubt the Allies would have had any need to fabricate ridiculous stories of human lampshades or soap.
And remarkably enough, that grotesque scene actually provides a reasonably accurate indication of the savage atrocities that were regularly committed during the brutal fighting of the Pacific Theater. These unpleasant facts were fully set forth in 没有怜悯的战争是美国著名历史学家约翰·W·道尔（John W. Dower）于1986年获奖的书籍，受到了著名学者和公共知识分子的热烈赞誉。
The unfortunate truth is that Americans typically massacred Japanese who sought to surrender or who had even already been taken as prisoners, with the result that only a small slice—during some years merely a tiny sliver—of Japanese troops defeated in battle ever survived. The traditional excuse publicly offered for the virtual absence of any Japanese POWs was that their Bushido code made surrender unthinkable, yet when the Soviets defeated Japanese armies in 1945, they had no difficulty capturing over a million prisoners. Indeed, since interrogating prisoners was important for intelligence purposes, late in the war U.S. commanders began offering rewards such as ice cream to their troops for bringing some surrendering Japanese in alive rather than killing them in the field.
American GIs also regularly committed remarkably savage atrocities. Dead or wounded Japanese frequently had their gold teeth knocked out and taken as war-booty, and their ears were often cut-off and kept as souvenirs, as was also sometimes the case with their skulls. Meanwhile, Dower notes the absence of any evidence suggesting similar behavior on the other side. The American media generally portrayed the Japanese as vermin fit for eradication, and numerous public statements by high-ranking American military leaders explicitly claimed that the bulk of the entire Japanese population would probably need to be exterminated in order to bring the war to a successful conclusion. Comparing such thoroughly-documented facts with the rather tenuous accusations usually leveled against Nazi political or military leaders is quite revealing.
During the late 1980s evidence of other deep wartime secrets suddenly came to light.
1986年在访问法国准备一本无关的书时，一位名叫詹姆斯·巴克（James Bacque）的加拿大作家偶然发现线索，暗示战后德国最可怕的秘密之一长期以来一直被完全隐藏，他不久便着手对该主题进行了广泛的研究。 ，最终发布 其他损失 1989年。基于政府记录，个人访谈和记录的目击者证词等大量证据，他辩称，战争结束后，美国人饿死了多达XNUMX万名德国战俘，这似乎是故意的的政策，战争罪行肯定会跻身历史上最伟大的行列。
几十年来，西方宣传人员一直在不停地抨击苏维埃，声称他们将XNUMX万或更多“失踪”的德国战俘保留为古拉格的奴隶劳工，而苏维埃则无休止地否认了这些指控。 根据巴克的说法，苏联人一直在说真话，而失踪的士兵则是在战争临近结束时向西逃亡的众多士兵中的一员，他们寻求他们认为在前进的道路上可以得到更好的治疗的士兵。英美军队。 但是，相反，他们被剥夺了所有正常的法律保护，并被限制在可怕的环境中，在那里他们迅速因饥饿，疾病和暴饮暴食而丧命。
在不试图总结巴克广泛积累的支持材料的情况下，值得一提的是他的一些事实因素。 在敌对行动结束时，美国政府采用circuit回的法律推理来辩称，他们俘虏的数百万德国军队不应被视为“战俘”，因此不属于《日内瓦公约》的规定。 此后不久，国际红十字会试图将食品运送到巨大的盟军监狱营地的企图遭到一再拒绝，并且在附近的德国城镇和村庄张贴了告示，任何试图将粮食偷运到绝望的战俘的平民都可能遭到枪击。视线。 这些不可否认的历史事实似乎确实暗示了某些黑暗的可能性。
Although initially released by an obscure publisher, Bacque’s book soon became a sensation and an international best-seller. He paints Gen. Dwight Eisenhower as the central culprit behind the tragedy, noting the far lower POW losses in areas outside his control, and suggests that as a highly ambitious “political general” of German-American ancestry, he may have been under intense pressure to demonstrate his “harshness” toward the defeated Wehrmacht foe.
Furthermore, once the Cold War ended and the Soviet Archives were open to scholars, their contents seem to have strongly validated Bacque’s thesis. He notes that although the archives do contain explicit evidence of such long-denied atrocities as Stalin’s Katyn Forest massacre of Poland’s officer corps, they show absolutely no signs of any million missing German POWs, who instead had very likely ended their lives in the starvation and illness of Eisenhower’s death camps. Bacque points out that the German government has issued severe legal threats against anyone seeking to investigate the likely sites of the mass graves that might hold the remains of those long-dead POWs, and in an updated edition, he also mentions Germany’s enactment of harsh new laws meting out heavy prison sentences to anyone who merely questions the official narrative of World War II.
如上所述，战后德国在1947年和1948年的第一手观察员，例如Gollanz和Utley，直接报告了他们发现的可怕状况，并说多年来，整个人口的官方粮食配给与纳粹集中营的囚犯人数有时甚至更低，导致周围目睹了广泛的营养不良和疾病。 他们还指出，战前德国大部分房屋遭到破坏，以及大量涌入中欧和东欧其他地区的可怜的德国少数民族难民涌入，造成了严重的人满为患。 但是这些访问者无法获得可靠的人口统计数据，只能推测饥饿和疾病已经造成的巨大人类死亡人数，如果不迅速改变政策，这种死亡人数肯定还会继续。
Years of archival research by Bacque attempt to answer this question, and the conclusion he provides is certainly not a pleasant one. Both the Allied military government and the later German civilian authorities seem to have made a concerted effort to hide or obscure the true scale of the calamity visited upon German civilians during the years 1945-1950, and the official mortality statistics found in government reports are simply too fantastical to possibly be correct, although they became the basis for the subsequent histories of that period. Bacque notes that these figures suggest that the death rate during the terrible conditions of 1947, long remembered as the “Hunger Year” (Hungerjahr) and vividly described in Gollancz’s account, was actually lower than that of the prosperous Germany of the late 1960s. Furthermore, private reports by American officials, mortality rates from individual localities, and other strong evidence demonstrate that these long-accepted aggregate numbers were essentially fictional.
相反，巴克试图根据对各种德国人口普查的人口总数的调查以及记录的大量德国难民涌入来提供更现实的估计。 根据这个简单的分析，他提出了一个相当有力的理由，在此期间，德国的超额死亡人数至少约为10万，甚至可能更多。 此外，他提供了充分的证据，表明饥饿是美国政府对海外粮食救济工作的抵制，是有意的，或者至少在很大程度上恶化了饥饿。 考虑到官方的《摩根索计划》（Morgenthau Plan）计划消灭约20万德国人，这些数字也许并不完全令人惊讶，而且正如巴克所表明的那样，即使美国最高领导人在理论上宣布放弃该政策，它也悄悄地同意继续实施这一政策。
Assuming these numbers are even remotely correct, the implications are quite remarkable. The toll of the human catastrophe experienced in post-war Germany would certainly rank among the greatest in modern peacetime history, far exceeding the deaths that occurred during the Ukrainian Famine of the early 1930s and possibly even approaching the wholly unintentional losses during Mao’s Great Leap Forward of 1959-61. Furthermore, the post-war German losses would vastly outrank either of these other unfortunate events in percentage terms and this would remain true even if the Bacque’s estimates are considerably reduced. Yet I doubt if even a small fraction of one percent of Americans are today aware of this enormous human calamity. Presumably memories are much stronger in Germany itself, but given the growing legal crackdown on discordant views in that unfortunate country, I suspect that anyone who discusses the topic too energetically risks immediate imprisonment.
在相当大的程度上，这种历史上的无知在很大程度上是由我们的政府所养成的，经常使用卑鄙的甚至是邪恶的手段。 就像在衰老的苏联中一样，当今的美国政府及其欧洲各个附庸国目前在政治上的合法性都建立在第二次世界大战的特定叙事历史上，并挑战叙事可能产生可怕的政治后果。 巴克令人信服地提出了一些明显的努力，以劝阻任何主要的报纸或杂志发表有关他的第一本书的惊人发现的文章，从而实施“停电”措施，目的是绝对减少任何媒体报道。 这些措施似乎已经相当有效，因为直到八，九年前，我不确定我是否曾听说过这些令人震惊的想法，而且我当然也从未见过在众多报纸或杂志中认真讨论过这些措施。在过去的三十年中，我已经仔细阅读了。
甚至采取非法手段也阻碍了这位孤独而坚定的学者的努力。 有时，巴克的电话线被窃听，他的邮件被截获，他的研究材料被秘密复制，而他对某些官方档案的访问被阻止了。 一些亲自证实他的分析的年长目击者收到了威胁性的笔记，并破坏了他们的财产。
In his Foreword to this 1997 book, De Zayas, the eminent international human rights attorney, praised Bacque’s ground-breaking research, and hoped that it would soon lead to a major scholarly debate aimed at reassessing the true facts of these historical events that had taken place a half-century earlier. But in his update to the 2007 edition, he expressed some outrage that no such discussion ever occurred, and instead the German government merely passed a series of harsh laws mandating prison sentences for anyone who substantially disputed the settled narrative of World War II and its immediate aftermath, perhaps by overly focusing on the suffering of German civilians.
尽管巴克的两本书都成为国际畅销书，但几乎没有任何第二媒体报道可以确保他们从未以针刺的方式进入公众意识。 另一个重要因素是印刷媒体和电子媒体的比例过大。 畅销书可能被成千上万的人阅读，但一部成功的电影可能会达到数千万，而且只要好莱坞制片出无休止的电影来谴责德国的暴行，但另一方面却没有一部暴行，那就是真实的事实。这段历史几乎不可能获得太大的吸引力。 我强烈怀疑，今天相信蝙蝠侠和蜘蛛侠的现实生活的人远远超过甚至不知道巴克假说的人。
World War II dominates our twentieth century landscape like a colossus, and still casts huge shadows across our modern world. That global conflict has probably been the subject of far more sustained coverage, whether in print or electronic media, than any other event in human history. So if we encounter a small handful of highly anomalous items that seem to directly contradict such an ocean of enormously detailed and long-accepted information, there is a natural tendency to dismiss these few outliers as implausible or even delusional. But once the total number of such discordant seemingly yet well-documented elements becomes sufficiently large, we must take them more seriously, and perhaps eventually concede that most of them are probably correct. As was suggested in a quote widely if doubtfully attributed to Stalin, “Quantity has a quality all of its own.”
我几乎不是第一个逐渐意识到第二次世界大战这种连贯的反叙事的人，几个月前，我碰巧读了 德国战争, published in 2014 by amateur historian John Wear. Drawing from sources that substantially overlap with the ones I have discussed, his conclusions are reasonably similar to my own, but presented in a book length form that includes some 1,200 exact source references. So those interested in a much more detailed exposition of these same issues can read it and decide for themselves.
When intellectual freedom is under attack, challenging an officially enshrined mythology may become legally perilous. I have seen claims that thousands of individuals who hold heterodox opinions about various aspects of the history of World War II are today imprisoned across Europe on the basis of those beliefs. If so, that total is probably far higher than the number of ideological dissidents who had suffered a similar fate in the decaying Soviet Bloc countries of the 1980s.
World War II ended nearly three generations ago, and few of its adult survivors still walk the earth. From one perspective the true facts of that conflict and whether or not they actually contradict our traditional beliefs might appear rather irrelevant. Tearing down the statues of some long-dead historical figures and replacing them with the statues of others hardly seems of much practical value.
But if we gradually conclude that the story that all of us have been told during our entire lifetimes is substantially false and perhaps largely inverted, the implications for our understanding of the world are enormous. Most of the surprising material presented here is hardly hidden or kept under lock-and-key. Nearly all the books are easily available at Amazon or even freely readable on the Internet, many of the authors have received critical and scholarly acclaim, and in some cases their works have sold in the millions. Yet this important material has been almost entirely ignored or dismissed by the popular media that shapes the common beliefs of our society. So we must necessarily begin to wonder what other massive falsehoods may have been similarly promoted by that media, perhaps involving incidents of the recent past or even the present day. And those latter events do have enormous practical significance. As I pointed out several years ago in my original American Pravda article:
We must also recognize that many of the fundamental ideas that dominate our present-day world were founded upon a particular understanding of that wartime history, and if there seems good reason to believe that narrative is substantially false, perhaps we should begin questioning the framework of beliefs erected upon it.
George Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s and discovered that the true facts in Spain were radically different from what he had been led to believe by the British media of his day. In 1948 these past experiences together with the rapidly congealing “official history” of the Second World War may have been uppermost in his mind when he published his classic novel 1984，它著名地宣称：“谁控制了过去，谁控制了未来；谁控制了过去，谁控制了未来；谁控制了谁？ 谁控制了现在，谁就控制了过去。”
Indeed, as I noted last year this observation has never been more true than when we consider some of the historical assumptions that govern the politics of today’s world, and the likelihood that they are entirely misleading:
回顾冷战后期，布尔什维克革命和苏联政权前二十年的无辜平民丧生，包括俄罗斯内战，政府引发的饥荒，古拉格（Gulag）和处决。 我听说这些数字已被大幅下调至大约XNUMX万左右，但没关系。 尽管坚定的苏联辩护律师可能会对如此庞大的数字提出异议，但它们始终是西方教义的标准叙事历史的一部分。
Meanwhile, all historians know perfectly well that the Bolshevik leaders were overwhelmingly Jewish, with three of the five revolutionaries Lenin named as his plausible successors coming from that background. Although only around 4% of Russia’s population was Jewish, a few years ago Vladimir Putin stated that Jews constituted perhaps 80-85% of the early Soviet government, an estimate fully consistent with the contemporaneous claims of Winston Churchill, Times of London correspondent Robert Wilton, and the officers of American Military Intelligence. 亚历山大·索尔仁尼琴（Alexander Solzhenitsyn），尤里·斯莱兹金（Yuri Slezkine）等人的最新著作都描绘了一幅非常相似的图画。 在第二次世界大战之前，犹太人在共产党领导层中的任职人数仍然过多，尤其是在古拉格（Gulag）政府和可怕的NKVD的高层中占主导地位。
这两个简单的事实在我的整个一生中都被美国广泛接受。 但是，将它们与第二世界大战之前大约16万的全球犹太人规模相对较小相结合，并且 the inescapable conclusion is that in per capita terms Jews were the greatest mass-murderers of the twentieth century, holding that unfortunate distinction by an enormous margin and with no other nationality coming even remotely close. And yet, by the astonishing alchemy of Hollywood, the greatest killers of the last one hundred years have somehow been transmuted into being seen as the greatest victims, a transformation so seemingly implausible that future generations will surely be left gasping in awe.
今天的美国新保守派和一百多年前的布尔什维克一样，都是犹太人，他们从这种完全怪异的历史现实倒退所提供的政治豁免权中受益匪浅。 部分由于其被媒体捏造的受难者地位，他们成功地控制了我们的大部分政治体系，特别是我们的外交政策，并且在过去的几年中竭尽全力煽动了一场绝对疯狂的核武器战争俄罗斯。 如果他们确实实现了这一不幸的目标，那么他们一定会超过其祖先所拥有的令人印象深刻的人体计数，甚至可能超过一个数量级或更多。
• The Remarkable Historiography of David Irving https://www.unz.com/announcement/the-remarkable-historiography-of-david-irving/
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