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GERMANY: Hitler, the Holocaust, Antisemitism

The sensitive, indeed explosive issue of Hitler and the Holocaust will not go away. A new generation of Germans has grown up, rightfully resentful that they are the targets of sweeping recrimination for acts of a part, not the whole of an earlier generation; that the Holocaust is described as unique, so that Germans are uniquely guilty, while in fact similar "holocausts" go back to antiquity; that Germany and Austria are constantly scrutinized for any sign of a rebirth of Nazism; and that monuments to the Holocaust keep German misdeeds and defeat alive, which is what the Ulstermen do when they march into Portadown. Feelings run high on both side, with lawsuits and demands in America that faculty members accused of anti-semitisim be fired.

Here in brief is the latest wave of recriminations. with no claim to adequate research on them. A respected British scholar, David Irving, was accused by Deboreh E.Lipstadt of Emory University of being a Holocaust denier. He rejected the charge and made the mistake of suing. He lost in a sharply debated case. He recently visited the Hoover Archives, where presumably he was looking for documents on the Holocaust. I did not meet him.

Kevin MacDonald, a psychologist at California State University at Long Beach was called on to testify. His statement that some Jewish organizations attempt to crush open discussion of the Holocaust brought the wrath of these organizations on him, with demands that he be fired.

He is the author of a trilogy: A People That Shall Dwell Alone; Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy (1994) Segregation and its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism (1998), and The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth- Century Intellectual and Political Movements (1998). He approaches the subject as a social psychologist, not as a historian.

In a nutshell, he maintains that Jewish canonical writings encourage eugenic marriages between wealthy Jewish girls and established Jewish intellectuals. This has produced a people with a higher IQ than average. The argument will go on and on, with his writings scrutinized endlessly.

Life is too short for me to study these arguments carefully. It seems to me that the Germans should be angry at Kevin MacDonald, since he implies that they are dumber than Jews. I only wish that all those involved had the WAIS habit of rational discourse.

Ronald Hilton - 7/09/00