Holocaust Arithmetic

**Francisco Galván de Montemayor writes: The origin of this message is Japan; however, it raises an issue about accounting that cannot be legally addressed in France or Germany. I wonder if the WAISers know if there is any truth to the reduction on the Auschwitz sign.
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There is a new branch of mathematics called "Holocaust arithmetic." It starts from a dogmatically assumed sum total and allows you to subtract from the parts without reducing the total. For example, the Auschwitz component was initially given as 4,000,000 and they even erected a sign giving that number. Over several years, revisionists (who are in no way deniers) came up with forensic and historical evidence that was so persuasive that it forced the Holocaust PR folks to replace the old sign and come up with a reduced figure of 1,500,000. However, those pesky revisionists are still plugging away and it looks like further subtractions are in the offing. But the magic number of 6,000,000 still remains as a criminally enforceable article of belief in several countries. If this e-mail had been written in old Deutschland or France, somebody would be looking at several years in the slammer. Despite a few centuries of European Enlightenment, it seems religious fanatics have resurrected something very much like the Medieval Inquisition.

**A posting said: There is a new branch of mathematics called "Holocaust arithmetic." It starts from a dogmatically assumed sum total and allows you to subtract from the parts without reducing the total. For example, the Auschwitz component was initially given as 4,000,000 and they even erected a sign giving that number. Over several years, revisionists (who are in no way deniers) came up with forensic and historical evidence that was so persuasive that it forced the Holocaust PR folks to replace the old sign and come up with a reduced figure of 1,500,000. Stanley Payne comments: The standard six million figure on the Holocaust is a guesstimate based on a rough calculation of how many Jews seemed to be missing from the general Jewish population of Europe in 1945 compared with 1939. The margin of error is about ten percent, on the high side. The most informed estimates conclude the best figure to use would be about 5.5 million. Raul Hilberg, still one of the leading historians, estimated 5.4 million.
Siegfried Ramler, who was an interpreter at the Nuremberg trials, writes: Please don't resurrect this type of discussion. It reminds me of the testimony at the Nuremberg trials of the commandant of Auschwitz when he quibbled about the precise number of inmates taken daily for extermination in the gas chambers. Man's inhumanity to man should not be examined through the lens of some sort of arithmetic. RH: I understand perfectly how Siegfried feels, and I agree. However, I do not dictate what subjects cannot be discussed in WAISdom.
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**Regarding holocaust arithmetic, Robert Whealey saya:Alan Bullock has an appendix in -Hitler and Stalin (1991) that is to me most convincing. Min: 4,500,000 Jews dead. Max 7,000,000 dead. Six million is a rough guess.
Another book on the statistics can not solve the problem. French and Dutch statistics are good. But Polish, Byelorussian, Ukrainian and Russian statistics are in a chaotic state.
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Ronald Hilton 2005

last updated:
June 11, 2005