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Holocaust Museum Ripoff


This to me is an issue of Church vs. State or should I say the abuse of it.

And by definition if the State supports an organization with taxpayer money it is a violation of it. 

 

Usually all appropriations of Federal and State money is gone over with a fine tooth comb and nobody wants to be supporting organizations that cause an uproar with the taxpayers on whatever side of the issue they are on.

Look at Christmas in the schools, or the Christmas scenes in front of State buildings if these things don’t cause a raucous I’d be surprised.

How about the case of the Ten Commandments being taken out of one state building.

Even though Christians outnumber any other religious group even their control by being the majority is waning.

 

So here is something that has been bothering me for years and I thought I’d throw it out on the forum for some feed back on what do you think

 

 

Explain this one to me , how can a museum that represents primarily one  religious group of people, from another country mind you ( Germany and surrounding Countries)  get built in the U.S. with taxpayer money and then is funded every year with millions of dollars?

These people weren’t even AMERICANS!  Am I missing something here!

 

I don’t get it.   We can’t even get funding for our own  war memorials of people who have died and fought for our lives in the good old U.S. without fighting tooth and nail.

 

Example:

“ROANOKE, Va. (Nov. 8) - The National D-Day Memorial Foundation filed for bankruptcy to protect the $25 million monument from creditors while it contends with massive debt, foundation officials said Friday.

 

The memorial, which President Bush helped dedicate June 6, 2001, has trimmed a $7 million debt to about $4 million since acknowledging its financial troubles last year.”

 

My question?

 

Why isn’t there a memorial to the Blacks or the American Indians, or some other American group of people who actually suffered in this country? 

I’m sure there are somewhere but you might have to look far and hard.

How did this one get passed the publics eye?

 

These are the facts for good or bad about one of the biggest frauds of the century.

I’m not focusing on the Religious aspect of it as much as it was made to happen, it could have been any religion.

 

When I read this article I knew nothing about it and  never looked at it this way, but now my eyes have been opened to see another American tax payer Ripoff.

 

Again this is an abuse of Church and State powers, in my opinion anyway

Not that they will close it down if you do complain! LOL

 

 

The Holocaust Museum An American Ripoff

 

 

 

Origins

In the late 1970s, during the presidency of James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, a propaganda campaign to promote the "Holocaust," the alleged systematic slaughter of some six  million Jews by the Germans during the Second  World War, was organized and  carried out from Hollywood and New York. As Benjamin Meed, an important functionary of the Council that controls the Holocaust Museum,  wrote in 1990:  (note 1) Almost a dozen years ago, a new phenomena  [sic] developed. The Holocaust was introduced  into schools, colleges, and universities. Television  broadcast programs on the Holocaust and  millions of Americans watched  them. Soon, Americans took great interest in the  lessons of the Holocaust,  its uniqueness and its universal message.

Why the urgency  of this campaign? Two factors were paramount: first, the  beginnings, more than three decades after the end of the Second World War, of  an  objective, scholarly assessment of the facts of the alleged  German policy to  exterminate European Jewry. (note 2)

Second,  the need to justify Zionist theory and practice in the face of  unprecedented  international resistance to Israeli intransigence (including the  famous UN General Assembly Resolution that equated Zionism with  racism), and to  defend Israel's aggressive policy under the leadership  of the former terrorist,  Prime Minister Menachem Begin. (note  3)

The US Holocaust Memorial Council

In 1978 President Carter, his administration  beleaguered at home and abroad,  succumbed to pressure from the  new "Holocaust"  lobby (and thus America's influential  Israel-first minority) by  creating, through executive order, the President's  Commission  on the Holocaust.  Two years later, on October 7, 1987, Congress  passed -- unanimously  -- a law establishing the United States Holocaust Memorial  Council, charged  principally with constructing and overseeing the operation of  "a  permanent living memorial to the victims of the holocaust" and with  providing "for  appropriate ways for the Nation to commemorate the Days of  Remembrance,  as an annual, national, civic commemoration of the Holocaust ..." (note  4)

A  priceless tract of public land was turned over to the Council, and,  after  years of costly delay (during which the Council's budget  swelled from $2.5  million to over $18 million a year), the US Holocaust Memorial Museum was finally  completed and opened, to great media fanfare, in April  1993.

A Sectarian, Alien Agenda

Besides soliciting  tens of millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations to  finance  the Holocaust Museum,  the US Holocaust Memorial Council has busied itself with promoting  an agenda of  unalloyed support for minority, Zionist ends.

The membership  of the Council, a US federal agency, has been overwhelmingly  Jewish  since its founding in 1980. The Council's two different chairmen  -- Elie  Wiesel and Harvey Meyerhoff -- have both been committed  to the support of the  State of Israel, and the chairs of the Council's  most important committees have  been likewise Jewish and Zionist.

The  chief fund-raiser for the HolocaustMuseum [and later Council Chairman],  Miles Lerman, was  formerly American vice chairman for the State  of Israel Bonds Organization,  promoting tax-free investment in  a country which receives by far the largest  amount of US foreign  aid per year. Working the same wealthy Jewish-Americans he  has  long dealt with in his fund-raising for Israel, Lerman has helped  raise  nearly $160 million in tax-deductible contributions. The  biggest donors have  been rewarded by having various components  of the museum named for them  (e.g. the Wexner Learning Center).

Nor  is erecting and operating the Museum the only function with which the Holocaust Memorial  Council has been charged. Another of its duties is to  commemorate the "Days of  Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust,"  which Congress has raised to "an annual,  national, civic commemoration  of the Holocaust."  Like the Israeli Yom ha-Shoah ("Day of the Holocaust"), on  which they are based,  the Days of Remembrance are dated according to the lunar  Hebrew  calendar, and thus, like Passover or Chanukah, fluctuate from year  to  year. These foreign days of lamentation are currently celebrated,  under the flag  of the Republic, to prayers and chants in Hebrew,  across the land in  governmental settings from the Capital Rotunda  to city halls.

Need it be stated that no group of American  victims of persecution, let alone  another foreign group, enjoys  any such federally mandated and tax-supported day,  or days, of  recognition?

Museum's  One-Sided 'History'

Although the Council during its early  years made noises about recognizing the  ordeals of non-Jews during  the Second World War, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is relentlessly  Judeocentric.  While here and there are nods to non-Jewish groups oppressed by  the German National Socialists (although never to groups victimized  by Germany's  enemies, above all by Stalin's USSR), the larger holocaust of the Second  World War, which claimed an estimated 75 to 80 million  lives around the world,  is ignored in preference to the Jewish  ordeal. Thus, to cite just one telling  example, the Museum's "Life before the Holocaust"  exhibit refers  strictly to Jewish life before the Holocaust. (note 5)

Where,  in fact, non-Jews figure in the Museum, they figure  largely as villains:  the Germans and their allies and collaborators; the Western  allies,  including America, who refused to accept a large immigration before  the  war; the American political and military leaders who refused  to authorize costly  bombing raids on the Auschwitz "gas chambers."

Soviet  Liberators?

The Museum's  message that support for Jews is  the sole measure of decency during the Second  World War leads  to anomalies which, in an American museum raised on ground  hallowed  to the principles of liberty on which this republic is based, can  only  be called shocking. That the victims of World War II atrocities  by the Allies --  massacres such as the firebombing of Tokyo and  Dresden, the atomic bombing of  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soviet  slaughter of Polish prisoners at Katyn, the  mass rapes carried  out by the Red Army at the war's end -- receive no mention is  deplorable.  But the Museum's  treatment of the armed forces which defended  Stalin's savage Soviet  tyranny is nothing short of grotesque.

Communists appear  in this Museum only in the guise of "resistance fighters" and  "liberators." For  example, the submachine gun and false papers of Samuel  Weissberg,  a Communist Party member who rose to high rank in a Communist  guerrilla  group in North France, are on honored display, no less precious  a  relic in the Museum's  permanent exhibit than the standard heaps of shoes  and hair. (note  6)

Even more unsettling is the honor given to Stalin's notorious  Red Army, which  compiled a bloody and shameful record of atrocities  across Europe during, and  after, the war. As the US Holocaust Memorial Council's newsletter  fulsomely puts it,  "Flags will hang in the museum to honor the millions of  Soviet soldiers who drove  Nazi forces westward and who were the  first allied forces to liberate and  publicize the existence of  the camps." In the words of Council chairman  Meyerhoff, these  martial banners of the Red tyranny have a single association:  "Much  more than simply wartime memorabilia, these military artifacts are  a  significant contribution to memory, one that will remind future  generations of  the pivotal role Soviet forces played in defeating  Nazism ..." (note 7)

What must the millions of Americans  originating or descending from the  European nations -- Russia,  Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,  Poland, Hungary,  Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia -- for which the  Red  "military artifacts" symbolize invasion, tyranny, oppression, and  persecution of religion, think as they see the fierce armies of  their  persecutors hailed as "liberators"?

Israel in the Museum

Just  as one might guess from the circumstance that the Museum's director,  Jeshajahu Weinberg,  and the head of its "Learning Center," Yechiam Halevy, were  brought  in from Israel, the Museum's  treatment of the state of Israel is adulatory. An  emotive tribute  to the founding of Israel is an integral part of the exhibition.  That the establishment of Israel, and its expansion in subsequent  wars, has  meant colonial occupation and oppression for millions  of the land's native  Palestinians, and dispossession and exile  for millions more, goes unmentioned --  another grotesquery in  an American museum supposed to instruct in the dangers of intolerance  and disregard  of human rights.

As for the momentous collaboration between  Hitler's German state and the  Zionist Jewish Agency in the 1930s,  which through the Haavara Agreement enabled  the transfer of vital  capital and the influx of tens of thousands of highly  skilled  Jewish immigrants to Palestine -- that is passed over in utter silence.  (note 8)

'Historical Correctness'

The Museum's  skewed history is not simply a matter of one-sidedness and omission.  It has  further committed itself to a fixed and final interpretation  of the surprisingly  scanty and sometimes suspect evidence for  a German policy of annihilating  European Jewry, largely in gas  chambers, in numbers approaching six million.  This despite a considerable  body of research and scholarship that has arisen  over past two  decades in many lands, and which contests, by academic means, the  substance of the Holocaust "extermination thesis." (note 9)

That the US Holocaust Memorial Council is aware  of the work of  revisionist scholars is clear: the Council's literature  is replete, not with  substantive refutations of revisionist scholarship,  but with slander and  polemic. To cite one characteristic example,  the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Newsletter of May  1992 featured a front-page attack on Holocaust revisionism by Professor  Deborah Lipstadt. In  this article, Lipstadt decried the revisionists  for producing material that  looked scholarly, then lauded the  US Holocaust Memorial Museum as "among the most efficacious ways" of "combatting  this pernicious  trend," while neglecting to specify a single error of  revisionist  scholarship. (note 10)

While the US Holocaust Memorial Council recognizes  that there is a  historical debate on the Holocaust, it takes official notice  of the dissenting  position only to attack it. That an American  institution, supported by the taxes of all Americans,  should commit itself  to inflexible historical orthodoxy -- in the service of a  single  American minority -- is an intolerable imposition on our First Amendment  rights, as well as a mockery of the Western, and American, ideal  of objective  scholarship.

A Center for Education?

Council  Chairman Meyerhoff has stated: "The Museum is primarily an  educational  institution." (note 11) From the Council's own literature, however,  it is clear what Meyerhoff means by education. The "role-playing"  for children  as well as adults who visit the Museum (visitors issued "identity  cards" bearing the name  and alleged fate of various Holocaust victims); the high-tech  computer and video  effects, and the recordings of speech and music  that augment the Museum's  tendentiously  described artifacts; and the Museum's goal, as proclaimed by  its Zionist fund-raising  chairman, Miles Lerman, of insuring that  "Children in Dubuque, families in  Tucson, and schoolteachers in  Atlanta will learn the history and the lessons of  Auschwitz as  thoroughly as they learn the history of their own communities":  all  these show that the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a propaganda enterprise  that seeks to  indoctrinate all Americans in a uniquely and partisanly  Jewish (and Zionist)  version of not merely the past, but the present  and the future. (note 12)

The American Response

What  is the American response to a partisan museum constructed in a  place solemnly  consecrated to the heroes and the values of our Republic, to be  lavishly operated with taxpayer dollars at a time when, even in  our country's  capital, thousands sleep homeless in the shadow  of our national monuments? What  is the American response to an  ambitious propaganda agenda that aims to impose a  sectarian "Holocaust remembrance" in schools where our children cannot  pray, in town  halls and federal buildings from which the religious symbols of  the majority are banned in the name of freedom of worship?

Over  two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "To compel a man to furnish  contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he  disbelieves and  abhors is sinful and tyrannical." (note 13)

Nearly  150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln said: "I insist, that if there is  anything which it is the duty of the whole people to never entrust  to any hands  but their own, that thing is the preservation and  perpetuity of their own  liberties and institutions." (note 14)

The  US Holocaust Memorial Museum,  and the Council that runs it, as agencies of the government in  which the  American people is sovereign, must be removed from the  special interest that now  controls it.

The scope and purpose  of the Museum must be expanded, from its present one-sided  emphasis on foreign  Jewish sufferings, real and imagined, in Europe during the  1930s  and 1940s to a compassionate yet realistic concern for all victims,  but  above all for American victims, of historic injustice.

The Museum must  be made a place where Americans of every heritage, and scholars  of every  viewpoint, may gather, educate, and be educated, without  accusation and in the  absence of propaganda. Until it is, the  men and women who founded and built and  suffered and fought and  died for America, of every race, nationality and creed,  will rest  uneasy.

Notes

1            The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Newsletter (Washington, DC),  August, 1990,  "Survivors Play Major Role in Establishing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,"  p. 1. Meed is  president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, and chairman  of the Council's Content  and Days of Remembrance committees.

2            In  1976, Professor Arthur Butz's book The Hoax of the Twentieth Century:  The  Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry  was first published in  England; in November 1978 Professor Robert  Faurisson's article, "The Problem of  the Gas Chambers," was published  in the Paris daily Le Monde. Professor Butz has  commented on the  simultaneous and independent appearance of a variety of earlier  academic criticisms of the wartime propaganda version of Jewry's  ordeal in "The  International Holocaust Controversy," The Journal of Historical  Review,  Spring 1980, pp. 5-22.

3            By resolution of the United  Nations General Assembly on Nov. 10, 1975,  Zionism was condemned  as "a form of racism and racial discrimination."

4            Public Law  96-388, 1, Oct. 7, 1980, 94 Stat. 1547.

5            Statements regarding  the Museum's  permanent exhibit, except where otherwise noted,  are derived from  the floor plan and photographs in United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a brochure  published in  1991 by the USHMC.

6            U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Newsletter, "French Resistance  Fighter's Weapon Will Help Tell Story of  Underground Movement,"  Sept. 1991, p. 4.

7            U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Newsletter, "Russian Embassy  Presents Flags of Liberating Units to Museum," Fall 1992, p. 6.

8            For  the most complete account of relations between the Nazis and the  Zionists, see Francis Nicosia, The Third Reich and the Palestine  Question,  (Austin: Univ. of Texas, 1985). See also: M. Weber,  "Zionism and the Third  Reich," The Journal of Historical Review,  July-August 1993, pp. 29-37.

9            The most complete survey of Holocaust revisionist writings to date is Carlo Mattogno's  "The Myth of  the Extermination of the Jews -- Part II," in The Journal of  Historical  Review, Fall 1988, pp. 261-302.

10        U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Newsletter, May 1992, "Denying  the Holocaust:  The Growing Assault on Truth," p. 6.

11        US Holocaust Memorial Museum Newsletter, Nov. 1991, "Wexner  Family Donates $5 Million to Fund Interactive  Learning Center,"  p. 1.

12        The "identity cards" and other features of the Museum are described in  the brochure cited in note 5, above. Lerman's  statement is in a fund-raising  letter mailed out by the Museum to potential Jewish contributors in 1991.

13        From "A Bill for  Establishing Religious Freedom," 1779, in Jefferson:  Magnificent  Populist, edited by Martin Larson, (Greenwich, Conn.: Devin-Adair,  1981), p. 319.

14        "Speech at Peoria, Ill.," Oct. 16, 1854,  in The American Intellectual  Tradition, Vol. 1, edited by David  Hollinger and Charles Capper (New York:  Oxford Univ. Press, 1989),  p. 3

 

 

Good point!

The Museum must  be made a place where Americans of every heritage, and scholars  of every  viewpoint, may gather, educate, and be educated, without  accusation and in the  absence of propaganda. Until it is, the  men and women who founded and built and  suffered and fought and  died for America, of every race, nationality and creed,  will rest  uneasy.

 

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