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Report on Beth Israel vigil 02-27-16

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Taking the Message Mainstream

Last summer we reported on The Great Holocaust Trial by Michael Hoffman and its shocking revelation that one of the foremost authorities on the Holocaust was “at a loss” to produce a single document proving the existence of homicidal gas chambers anywhere in Nazi-controlled territories.

Last week we took this message to the Ann Arbor City Council during the public commentary section of its bi-monthly meeting. Generally, the remarks made in this forum go unremarked by Council members, but Councilman Chuck Warpehoski couldn’t resist the kneejerk impulse to label my comments as “Holocaust denial” and opine that they were “repugnant”.

Readers are invited to review the address to Council, below signature and to view them by clicking here and advancing to 00:13:50. You can also view and hear Mr. Warpohoski’s comments by advancing the video to 00:41:05. Mr. 679-Warpehoski’s remarks, also included after signature, will be responded to and expanded upon at the next council meeting on March 10 at 7:00 pm, City Hall.

Jewish marrow contains Israel, not America

Flash back with us to the comments of Heidi Budaj, Detroit Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, when she was granted sole commentary on the Detroit billboard sponsored by Deir Yassin Remembered: “This particular [billboard] goes a step further and raises an old anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty, implying that Jews are not loyal to the country in which they live.”

Not so fast, Heidi. The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, in a full page ad covering the entire back page of the March issue of the Washtenaw Jewish News, explains quite clearly that, under the heading of “Find the Israel within”: “Whether you are secular or religious, Orthodox, Conservative or Reform – there is one value that as Jews – we all share. Israel. It is in our marrow.” Check it out.


The Federation, clearly speaking of all Jews, is telling the reading public that their core loyalties lie with the state of Israel. Heidi may whistle past the graveyard claiming Jews are loyal Americans, but, according to the Federation, this claimed loyalty does not inhabit the marrow and must reside elsewhere. America, maybe, Israel … YESS!


Feb. 13 – Three vigilers
Feb. 20 – Six vigilers
Feb. 27 – Four vigilers
This report dedicated to the memory of Bradley R. Smith
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends

Comments made at Ann Arbor City Council Meeting, Feb. 16, 2016:

Good Evening,

The movie “Son of Saul” was released in the United States on December 18th. It deals with the Holocaust. According to Wikipedia, it joins 341 other films produced since the 1940s on this topic.

On December 21st in this very chamber, the memory of the Holocaust was invoked by a speaker regarding her reaction to the City’s plan to cull the deer population. Tonight I’d like to share with you what I found to be revelatory in this book, The Great Holocaust Trial by Michael Hoffman.

Mr. Hoffman was a reporter at the “false news” trial of community activist Ernst Zundel in Toronto in 1985 and also at the 1988 re-trial. Though Ernst was handed guilty verdicts on both occasions, they were overturned by the Canadian Supreme Court in 1992, when they declared the country’s “false news” law unconstitutional.

Instructive in understanding revisionist history is the following exchange, reported by Mr. Hoffman, between Zundel defense attorney Doug Christie and Raul Hilberg, certified by the Court as an expert witness, and lauded by the Canadian Jewish News as “one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Holocaust”.

Christie: “Can you give me one scientific report that shows the existence of gas chambers anywhere in Nazi-occupied territory?”

Hilberg: “I am at a loss”

Christie: “You are (at a loss) because you can’t.”

When asked by the Canadian government to testify three years later at Ernst’s retrial, Hilberg declined. More astonishing is what Hoffman then writes:

“Neither did a single ‘Survivor’ take the stand in the second trial. They too feared what would happen to the credibility of their tales when subjected to critical scrutiny by Zundel’s defense team”.

To my friends discussing this book Hilberg’s revelation comes with shocking implications. Has the fabric of the standard Holocaust narrative been ripped substantially by Hilberg’s admission, now thirty years old? If claims about homicidal gas chambers are false, doesn’t that pierce the heart of Zionist defenses protecting the state of Israel? Is challenging the factual aspects of the Holocaust a worthwhile endeavor for the goal of liberating Palestine?

There are many who think it is.

Thank you

Chuck W. at comments from council;

Finally I want to thank Mr McGee for his reminder about respect. I think even in situations where there are deeply divided views it’s important to maintain good decorum and some sense of respect. There’s always room for respectful communication. For example I found the Holocaust denial comments at tonight’s meeting – I deeply deeply disagree with that perspective; and however though I deeply disagree with that perspective I respect civil discourse so I respect Mr. Herskovitz’ ability to bring those comments forward. I also respect my ability to say that I find them repugnant. and being able to say that I respect the process, I respect to comment without hissing heckling or name calling is part of the civil discourse.

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