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Did War on Hitler Actually Cause the Holocaust?

Published on Saturday, September 19 of 2015 by

By Bradley Smith

This is the title of an article on the website of The Jewish Libertarian, which describes itself as where Anarcho-Capitalism and Judaism Converge. The article, by Rafi Farber, is self-reflective and intelligent, though he is discovering stuff that a lot of us here are already more than familiar with.

Rafi Faber

Rafi Farber

Rafi is from Miami, made Aliyah in 2007, and lives with his wife and two girls in Karnei Shomron. He writes financial content for a living.

“Despite turning 180 degrees on almost all of my historical perspectives, there are some establishment positions that, even for me, are hard to give up. There was one major establishment position that still stuck in me like a dagger and was only loosened last week. That is, declaring and winning World War II was justified if only in order to save what was left of European Jewry.

“But then I read Ralph Raico, a libertarian historian and student of Ludwig von Mises. And he said something that totally took me for a loop. ‘Churchill’s refusal to listen to Hitler’s peace overtures may have doomed European Jewry.’ When I first read that sentence I did a double take. I didn’t even understand what Raico was saying on a basic level, the thought was so foreign to me. So I read it again. And again. Was I reading this right? How can that be?

“And then I just stared into space for a minute and said to myself, ‘Oh my God.’”

Farber had realized that it could have been Winston Churchill who set the Final Solution and the Holocaust in motion. That Adolf Hitler may have been only the vehicle and not the direct cause. That Winston Churchill may have been the ultimate enabler.

Farber, reading this, experienced a break-through moment in his understanding of how the world might work. I liked the personally revealing way he writes and thought to nudge him forward another step or two. I posted a short message on his comments page.

Bradley Smith
September 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm
Interesting article but. . . . it appears you believe the gas-chamber stories.
Perhaps I’m wrong.

rafi farber
September 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm (Six minutes later)
Wow! I actually got a Holocaust denier to comment here! That’s a strange accomplishment. I am building bridges I’m not sure I even want built. Surely those who disagree with me will cite this as evidence that I have “gone too far”. Yes Bradley Smith. I “believe the gas-chamber stories”. I am a Jew whose extended family was murdered in the gas chambers.

And I physically visited the gas chambers and saw the 17-ton pile of human ash at Majdanek filled with my family who died there in the gas chambers that I was physically in. Those Jews who are reading this who want to know where I’m drawing the line, it’s here. This guy is on the other side. Do not comment here again, Mr. Smith.

September 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm (11 minutes have passed)
Please tell me you aren’t surprised.

rafi farber
September 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm (another 12 minutes)
Taken aback, but not shocked. Part of me has always wanted to seriously talk with one to examine them, but I don’t think I can handle it emotionally.

Bradley Smith (The following comment is not dated because it was not posted. I have been permanently banned from The Jewish Libertarian.)Can you provide, with proof, the name of one person who was killed in the gas-chambers of Majdanek? No? Actually, I am on your side, Rafi, particularly with re to Ron Paul and the ideals of intellectual freedom. Try to put a damper on your “emotions,” an act that each of us should attempt when we find ourselves questioned. You and me, Rafi — at bottom there is not much difference. We’re just folk.



  1. Comment by Kingfisher

    September 20, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I’m rather surprised at your surprise, Bradley. I have long thought this, long indeed before I accepted a revisionist position on the Holocaust. It seemed pretty obvious that the German murder of the Jews (as I then believed it to be) occurred because of the War. Even Raul Hilberg accepted that.

    Even without that deduction, since the Holocaust happened (whether as according to Believers or revisionists), the notion that we had to fight to prevent it is illogical.

  2. Comment by David

    September 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    The simple fact is that the “17-ton pile of human ash” is not real. It is a prop faked after the War.
    Is is also clear that there were never any gas chambers at Majdanek.

    On the other hand, it is quite probable that most members of Farber’s family who were sent to Majdanek, died there.
    Here is what Revisionist say,
    “The concentration camp Majdanek was a place of suffering.

    The people imprisoned there suffered under catastrophic sanitary conditions, epidemics, at times completely insufficient rations, back-breaking heavy labor, harassment. More than 40,000 Majdanek inmates died, primarily from disease, debilitation and malnutrition; an unknown number was executed.

    The real victims of Majdanek deserve our respect, just as all victims of war and oppression deserve our respect, regardless what nation they belong to. But we are not doing the dead any service by inflating their number for political and propagandistic reasons and by making utterly unfounded claims about the way they died.

    Obviously Mr. Farber has every right to be hurt and angry over what happened to members of his family.
    But that is not a reason to distort history. Is it better for the next generation to know that people died from disease, brutality and shortages of supplies than rather than to think that there was a insane program of gas chambers and fertilizer factories?
    I think the Truth is better.
    I think reality was bad enough. Don’t make up sick twisted stories.

  3. Comment by J Kelly

    September 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    How is it possible to blame Winston Churchill for the massacre of Europe’s Jews? Even if the British surrendered in the Summer of 1940 and the Germans went through with the Madagascar plan this would have caused untold death and suffering. Madagascar is hardly the place for Europeans. Turning it into a massive concentration camp would have moved the deaths from Europe to Madagascar.
    No, this is only on the Germans. They didn’t have to deport the Jews to the east to their deaths or shoot millions of them on the Eastern front. That fault lies only with the Germans.

  4. Comment by J Kelly

    September 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I respect the fact you put a dissenting comment on your blog. To me the Holocaust is an accepted fact of history and I don’t understand your view point. I do respect that you are willing to let my comment post.

  5. Comment by Bradley Smith

    September 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I do think the statement on my letterhead explains something:

    “Some of it happened, some of it didn’t.”

  6. Comment by Kingfisher

    September 23, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Mr/Ms Kelly Why the need to express such respect? This is the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust. It’s the other side that’s so afraid of debate. ☺

  7. Comment by J Kelly

    September 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I think the gentlemen at holocaust controversies and Nizkor would dispute the debate issue.



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