Holocaust deniers... You're insane... as in "mad" ... "lunatics" ... "hateful" ... "evil" ... and worst of all, somewhere maybe NOT so deep, down inside, desirous to see it happen all over again... Whether National Socialism (Naziism), Soviet Communism, Marxism, or high reaching Utopianism, Socialism as a means of whole cloth human engineering has killed more human beings than any force in the past 100 years (including snipers, Michael Moore). What makes the Holocaust different from all other attempts at genocide?
In terms of systematic identity-based death at the hands of Borg-ish social engineers, perhaps not much. But, what was utterly unnerving was how the Nazi Party leadership, all very highly educated, sophisticated, and impeccably mannered men and women, assigned an air of absolute "uber civility" as they went about rationalizing the need to exterminate Jews from the world. The "Final Solution" meetings took place at a swank villa along the Wannsee in Berlin, over fine meals in formal settings where EVERYONE IN THE ROOM knew which fork was which.
The 2001 film The Conspiracy starring Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci recreates the meetings from the actual recovered minutes and is a must see, if one is to understand how true malevolence presents itself. Barbaric acts carried out by humans who had convinced themselves that they had achieved a highly formed state of understanding the human condition.
Remember, true evil NEVER presents itself as ugly or frightening. If it did, who would go near it? No, TRUE evil presents itself as superior, either in knowledge, mannerism, comfort, and physical beauty of the sort(s) that are available only to those who at least pretend to adore these fleeting and temporal values and pretend them further to be eternal.
Once in this club of "enlightened ones," all else becomes part of a grand Zero Sum Gain approach to eliminating opposition, beginning with identity groups, like the Jews. Forget how it developed a scant 70 years past and how it was rationalized under an air of high culture; worse yet, DENY it altogether and it can, it will, more easily than you may think, happen again... maybe to you and yours... maybe even here.
The prologue to The Holocaust was the hallucination of an Aryan race of pre-Christian Celtic origin that Hitler and Heinrich Himmler pretended presaged German National Socialism and from which Himmler fabricated an Aryan religion, even establishing an SS/Aryan house of worship at Schloss Wewelsburg. They viewed their newly invented race as the real inheritor and guarantor of eternal life. Jews were first on the list of easily identifiable groups that did not fit the newly scripted narrative. Despite grand tales of Papal and Vatican conspiracies, Catholics were next on the Nazis' list. Actually, thousands of religious and clergy were also exterminated throughout Germany and Poland. Crosses were pulled down and replaced with swastikas. Many churches were destroyed. Can't have Christians when the real Christ was supposed to be Hitler or Himmler, right? Also caught up in Himmler's mad clamor to purify the race were Gypsies, homosexuals, and the deformed.
Pretty sick. No less sick and demented, in the truest sense of those terms, are the Holocaust deniers. They pretend great stories that Auschwitz and other death camps were built after the war by Canadian Jews for a whole host of perfectly INSANE reasons. It will be up to sane and responsible human beings to ensure that the deniers, not to mention the Iranians, do not become the Holocaust's epilogue.
God bless the victims of The Holocaust, its survivors, their families and the Jewish people, threatened now again, less than 100 years hence. God bless Israel.