Medicine and the Holocaust

Counter Example: Denial

        Some people in the world today deny or choose not to believe events surrounding the Holocaust. Holocaust deniers, who often refer to themselves as “Revisionists”, claim that the most pertinent evidence that the Holocaust existed consists of exaggerated or dishonest oral accounts and eyewitness reports as well as obscure or otherwise fabricated documents. Since the Nazis destroyed so many crucial documents that might have served as concrete evidence of their evil doings - advantageous to those who deny the Holocaust -, it is difficult to dispute with deniers over these matters. This is not to accredit their arguments in any way, but quite the contrary; Revisionists only deny oral accounts and documents instead of actually presenting any crucial evidence to justify their own claims. In light of these deniers’ political and/or extremist party association - Neo-nazism, white supremacy, Ku Klux Klan -, Holocaust historians support the belief that their denial of the Holocaust occurs solely from their racial discrimination of Jews and other minorities.

            Holocaust deniers do not deny one aspect of the Holocaust and not another. The nature of their denial implies that they must deny every last detail and fact about the Holocaust we know of today. This indicates that they also deny the medical atrocities performed on Jews and other minorities at camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Since the most incriminating documents were destroyed, only eyewitness accounts remain, which are so easily construed as malicious lies by these often known racists who call themselves “Revisionists”. Since the Euthanasia program is not generally conceived as being part of the Holocaust, yet still a significant result of Nazi ideology, deniers often overlook this matter. This program, which executed hundreds of thousands of “unfit” Germans, served as a precursor to the Final Solution. There are many documents that help solidify proof of the Euthanasia program’s existence, such as the letters of complaint and sermons of Bishop van Galen. So the question is this: If the Nazis could kill their own brethren out of mere health inconvenience, why wouldn’t they kill their mortal nemeses? Those whom they considered foreign and bloodthirsty vermin, the Jews? Quite frankly, deniers’ defense for the non-existence of the Holocaust is built from fallacies and instigated by nothing more than apparent dislike or even hatred for Jews and minorities. If this was not the case, deniers should yield actual evidence that explains their dissentions.