I have seen and heard a lot of Holocaust Denial. I am not sure why I am shocked every time I am hit with it. Many times people do not realize that I am Jewish and they simply blurt it out. Other times, they are proud of the fact that have a different “spin” to history much in the way deniers idolize the likes of their “Denial Guru” David Irving.
Fair comment. Whether I agree or disagree, there are many who agree with her. It is certainly a debatable issue. A gentlemen chimed in with a contrary view. I chimed in actually defending Jerri’s right to express her view. Then Jerri let us know what it was really about with this comment:
In denying that the Holocaust was a genocide, Jerri has engaged in a form of Holocaust Denial. The denial is ironic in the face of history. The term “genocide” did not even exist until 1944 when it was coined specifically to describe the Nazi policies of systematic murder. I am not sure what “I don’t believe the spin” means but it certainly implies the questioning aspects of the Holocaust. What is the definition of genocide? It means:
“any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
Who is Jerri? Why do I even care? I had never heard of her or had any social media contact prior to her comment. Jerri’s LinkedIn profile lists her as a “Experienced Editor, Writer, Blogger, Social Media Specialist, Digital Media Specialist, Online Crisis Manager ” She is the editor of Countryside Publications. She also lists herself as a law student at “Concord Law School” which is an online only law school.
Why am I being the “big bad bully” and calling out little Jerri? It’s not like I am going to bring down the world of the ignorant and angry. Unfortunately, there are far too many. I am doing it because to battle Holocaust Denial and eventually defeat it as a virulent form of antisemitism, it must be brought out of the dark, seamy corners of the internet. I doubt Jerri is sharing her views on the Holocaust at mainstream functions and the company Christmas party. Now, to the extent I can play a part in the process, she will have to. To the extent that my little blog has any voice, Jerri can no longer hide her dirty little secret. She is a Holocaust Denier. She is not alone. Who’s next.