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Flynn’s Holocaust distortion comes as no surprise
Having followed Mike Flynn for three years, his raging antisemitism has always been evident, but recently he made a speech in front of pastors in which he blamed Jews for their own extermination by claiming they willingly “handed over their child and got on the train.”
This ignited a firestorm on Twitter and got a number of notable people concerned, including 4-star retired general Barry McCaffrey, Mueller lead prosecutor Andrew Weissman, and Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe.
It also got the attention of the Auschwitz Memorial who wrote a long response to Mike Flynn’s offensive, antisemitic claims.
I’m reproducing the Auschwitz Memorial’s response to Mike Flynn here in full:
The assertion that Jews could have easily resisted during deportations to extermination simply due to their numerical strength compared to the guards oversimplifies the dire circumstances they faced during the Holocaust. Acts of resistance did occur in various forms across German-occupied countries, and it is essential to recognize the complexities and challenges that hindered such efforts.
It's vital to remember that the Germans methodically orchestrated a campaign of terror and manipulation, exploiting the vulnerabilities of the victims to maintain control. Many Jews who were deported were misled into believing they were going to work camps or being relocated. This deception aimed to suppress resistance and prevent panic. Upon arrival at the extermination camps, they were met with even more deception, like fake train stations and elaborate disguises hiding the true horrors. Calling their actions "willing" ignores the psychological manipulation and fear they endured.
The skepticism surrounding the stories of death camps is understandable, considering the unprecedented nature of the Holocaust. We can't expect people at that time to fully grasp the extent of the horrors they faced, especially given the manipulative tactics of the Nazis. The emotional toll on the victims often led to feelings of hopelessness and the desire to end their suffering as quickly as possible.
Upon reaching Auschwitz, Jews were met with armed SS guards at platforms and later, within the confines of Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp itself, surrounded by electrified barbed-wire fences. The sheer number of SS guards made resistance nearly impossible. Additionally, the presence of German police and military units nearby was a threat to any uprising. However, the most insidious obstacle was the orchestrated deception. Those deported were tricked into thinking they were being resettled for a fresh start in the East, unaware of the impending extermination. Dismissing the difficulty of resistance ignores the pervasive climate of misinformation, fear, and the overwhelming force they were up against.
It's also important to remember that Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz organized the most significant uprising in the history of the camp (the Sonderkommando revolt on 7 October 1944) and took unique photographs, the only ones of the kind in the history of the camp, showing the burning of bodies on the pyres in Birkenau, and initiated the campaign of writing down accounts that were later buried in the ground.
Favorable conditions for Jewish resistance were almost non-existent due to the overwhelming force and brutality of the German occupation. The sheer power, combined with deception and fear, made effective resistance extremely challenging.
Despite these harsh circumstances, instances of resistance did emerge, although in different forms. Armed uprisings, escapes, smuggling, and acts of rescue reflect the determination to fight against impossible odds. The broader context of mutual support, rescue attempts, and moral dilemmas further highlights the complexity of their experiences.
Blaming the victims for not resisting more distorts history as it ignores the bigger picture and contexts of the complex and challenging situation they were in and the oppression they faced. Rejecting these kinds of narration is vital because it unfairly shifts the blame from the perpetrators to the people who suffered.
The idea that Jews should be held responsible for their own genocide is not only wrong and hurtful. It doesn't consider how much power the Germans had over them. It demonstrates a fundamental flaw and incurs offensiveness, as it conspicuously disregards the substantial power differentials that existed within the framework of the Nazi regime.
When discussing the Holocaust, sensitivity, accuracy, and a deep understanding of the Jews'' challenges are crucial. Oversimplifying their struggles risks perpetuating harmful narratives and diminishes the complex historical reality they lived through.
The Jewish independent non-profit Forward also wrote about Mike Flynn’s Holocaust distortion.
While I am glad that Flynn is getting attention for his sickening rhetoric, nonetheless he remains an unindicted, free man who is currently predicting the 2024 election won’t happen.
A man who blames Jews for their own mass murder, declares war on his own nation over and over, and appears to be preparing for a new Reichstag Fire is nothing short of a Nazi, despite his lawsuits trying to stop me from saying so.
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