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About The 6,000,000, An Assessment.

HolocaustPosted by Patrick Dempsey Mon, September 08, 2014 21:03:32

About The 6,000,000 An Assessment -- The Holocaust

Please note. This assessment is an on-going study and reflects where I have reached in My research and not where I have concluded it. There is an overall estimate at Yad Vashem which has managed to collate in excess of 4,000,000 known Names of those Jews who were Murdered during the period of The Holocaust. While this represents a monumental achievement, it is a tragedy that there are nearly some 2,000,000 other Jews of Europe whose names might well be lost to us. Toward History, which relies on the cold hard facts of detail, we are scraping around for, and not just a sense meaning nor of comprehension, but for the last remnants of a Jewish People whose presence was intended to be totally obliterated. What Hitler has achieved, above anything else he had set his Worldview upon, was an Annihilation of the Jewish People of Europe Toward an eventual Remembrance of the 6,000,000 Assessment, the work to add to those names continues.

Ever since 1946, when the most comprehensively quoted figure for the total number of Jews Murdered in The Holocaust, was given as the 6,000,000 approximation, Humanity has yet to come to terms with the magnitude of the atrocity. This assessment was first wielded at The Nuremberg Trials of the German Major War Criminals, and ever since, the much targeted figure has been researched widely. Such an approximation has provided History with tomes so mighty, Library’s are filled and enhanced by their revealing and absorbing nature. For me, and as it is with any writer’s hand, any attempt to comprehend an account so appalling, so terrifyingly real, can make us so shudder at its realisation, that the words to fathom its meaning are barely credible. There are some however, who are in abject denial as to the extent of this, The Jewish Catastrophe. They are simply entering the arena of our concern because this subject is in relation to the Jewish People. While we, who are deemed responsible to History for what we comment upon, when we are guided by Research and Knowledge of this very Truth.

Some though are seemingly in raptures attempting to revise the actual Veracity of what 6,000,000 Murdered Jews succumbed to! But merely denying the very veracity of this Truth does not revise it, nor does it alter the scope of History or its intrinsic value. Tied to that, and ever since the awful Fact was first mentioned, History has as yet failed to come up with any better terms than Genocide, The Holocaust or The Shoah to fully endorse a World’s horror. The Account, for that is what we look into to deliver a Human cost, more or less agrees with that initial and Catastrophically assessed figure. We move on from there slowly, attempting in the dialogue we choose, to present to the World a more balanced appraisal of why this occurred and why We, Human Civilisation, so abjectly failed to prevent The Holocaust from happening!

While it will always remain so abundantly clear, that Hitler, Eichmann, and those other’s of the Nazi’s dealt in the cold calculated Facts of The Final Solution, we must deal also with the Human dimension and emotion of The Holocaust slaughter of 6,000,000 Jewish Men, Women and Their Children. There is no precise figure for this Human cost, other than that 6,000,000 approximate number so as to represent the enormous loss of the Jewish People Murdered in The Holocaust. For us, the purveyors of a reflected analysis, we are the bystanders to a terrible injustice voiced and Perpetrated in our name.

Our Christian values have been trampled upon and our Religious understanding by passed in selection of a Genocidal policy which has larcenous undertones. It is a continuing shame and stain on all our History that what was Perpetrated was colluded with and assisted while we remained seemingly indifferent to a People’s struggle. What Adolf Eichmann confirmed in such a matter of fact way, as a statsitical conversion, cannot be allowed to stand as other than an accounting task for which he was heavily involved. Though most research does not stray far from this overall assessment, there is always going to be a disparity in the numbers accounted for because of human error, human intervention and the Human cost!

What the entire research confirms though is that the total number of those Jews Murdered is from Hilberg’s low Assessment to Benz’s more up to date Account, at least accepted and at worst a flagrant loss of the Human factor in this, The Jewish People. Extrapolated from Census returns, from estimates of Population Growth and the effects of depopulation caused by Hitler’s Final Solution and what has been gained from before and after The Catastrophe, we will always arrive at an assessment that is somewhere between these margins. Prior to Hitler’s aggressive War, which he commenced on September 1st. 1939, and it was Hitler’s aggression in Invading Poland that World War Two commenced, there had lived 16,500,000 Jewish People. When War had finally destroyed what was left of Hitler’s 1,000 year Reich some 10,500,000 Jews remained. Simple math suggests here that 6,000,000 Jews are no longer residing upon God's green Earth.

"..death of one man is a tragedy ..death of millions is only statistics." Josef Stalin.

Oddly how it is that any tyrannt can so mimic each other or mirror a sentiment that is both brutal in frankness and Catastrophic in consequence. Here, what Stalin states, Eichmann will deliberate over as he pushes the Jews of Europe further into total extinction. To counter balance this, Simon Wiesenthal reminds us that we are dealing in the Destruction of The Jewish People, and such a dimension as The Holocaust should not be allowed to disinter the Human Cost.

The Anglo-American Commission of Enquiry suggested had a wide ranging difference, though the overall consensus was that over 6,000,000 Jews were Murdered. Their figures showed, in a range from previous sources, the First and Second example, that their Assessment was proprtionately greater or equal to them in every case, the Third example, except for the case of Austria.

01. Poland: 2,350,000 Jews. 2,600,000 Jews. 3,271,000 Jews.

02. Russia: 700,000 Jews. 750,000 Jews. 1,050,000 Jews.

03. Rumania: 204,000 Jews. 209,000 Jews. 530,000 Jews.

04. Hungary: 180,000 Jews. 200,000 Jews. 200,000 Jews.

05. Czechoslovakia: 241,000 Jews. 251,000 Jews. 255,000 Jews.

06. France: 60,000 Jews. 65,000 Jews. 140,000 Jews.

07. Germany: 160,000 Jews. 180,000 Jews. 195,000 Jews.

08. Holland: 102,700 Jews. 102,700 Jews. 120,000 Jews.

09. Belgium: 25,000 Jews. 28,000 Jews. 57,000 Jews.

10. Greece: 57,000 Jews. 60,000 Jews. 64,000 Jews.

11. Yugoslavia: 55,000 Jews. 58,000 Jews. 64,000 Jews.

12. Austria: 58,000 Jews. 60,000 Jews. 53,000 Jews.

13. Italy: 8,000 Jews. 8,000 Jews. 20,000 Jews.

14. Bulgaria: No Estimate. No Estimate. 5,000 Jews.

15. Norway: 700 Jews. 700 Jews. 1,000 Jews.

16. Denmark: 100 Jews. 100 Jews. 1,500 Jews.

17. Luxembourg 3,000 Jews. 3,000 Jews. 3,000 Jews.

Totals:- 4,204,400 Jews. 4,575,400 Jews. 6,029,500 Jews.

Wolfgang Benz 5,290,000 - 6,200,000 Murdered Jews, Benz was a leading German Holocaust Scholar and his contention, though the estimates read in the range described, he stressed that The Holocaust of The Jews possibly exceeded that figure of 6,200,000 Murdered.

Lucy S. Dawidowicz 5,934,000 Murdered Jews, Dawidowicz used Census analysis.

Gregory Frumkin 4,500,000 Murdered Jews, Frumkin, who Edited The League of Nations

Statistical Year Book’s conducted a study which suggested the figure could be enhanced by a further 1,500,000 to 2,500,000 Murdered..

Martin Gilbert 5,750,000 Murdered Jews,

Yisrael Gutman 5,590,000 - 5,860,000 Murdered Jews,

Raul Hilberg 5,100,000 Murdered Jews, and he breaks down that assessment still further to where:

i) 2,900,000 Jews were Murdered in the various Camps??? STAT

ii) 1,400,000 Jews were Murdered by der Einsaztgruppe

iii) 800,000 Jews Died as a consequence of privation in Hitler’s Ghettos in Byelorussia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine.

Of this Account, Hilberg asserts that 3,000,000 of these were Polish Jews, representing nearly 59% of all those Murdered Jews of The Holocaust. Also, and it is abundantly clear, that from even the most conservative estimate available, more than 90% of all Polish Jews were Murdered during The Holocaust period. What should also be Remembered, and which no Holocaust Survivor, Scholar, Academic, Writer or Researcher ever fails to mention, Jews were not the only People targetted, but ALL Jews were targeted and they alone are the subject of that is termed The Holocaust.

I am constantly made aware that the disparity in the figures might cause confusion, but it is clear, whether we are looking at the loss of 6,000,000 Jewish Lives, in Total, or the Destruction of 50,000 Jews at Belsen, the Murders by der Einsaztgruppe of more than 1,250,000 Jewish People, the Account is a Catastrophic one. The figures I widely endorse and use in my work are by no means exclusive, as Ghetto’s, Towns and Shtetl’s, other Camps in the Reich, all added toward that final assessment Hitler chose to call die Endlosung der Judenfrage, The Final Solution of The Jewish Question. The figures set out below are an approximation of those 4,658,500 Jews Murdered in these specific areaas and Camps including all x6 Death Camps, so numbered.

But be careful whilst dealing with the seeming abstract of Accounts, Figures, Numbers, these are totalling an appalling Human cost for which These Jews of Europe paid, the ultimate price!

1. Belzec 600,000,

Belsen, 50,000,

2. Birkenau (Auschwitz) 1,100,000,

Buchenwald, 56,500,

3. Chelmno, 152,000,

Dachau, 35,000,

der Einsatzgruppe, 1,250,000,

4. Majdanek, 200,000,

5. Sobibor 250,000,

Stutthof 65,000 and

6. Treblinka 900,000

Makes a Total of Jews Murdered 4,658,500.

Don’t forget too that this figure reprents those Murdered Jews under these headings and are not composite of all those Jews, Murdered in the many other Concentration Campos, Labour Camps, Gehhot’s which filtered the Jewish People toward Destruction. Given German thoroughness, and the demands of Hitler to ensure full weight of those measures he proposed to deal with the Jewish Situation are brought to bear, there is an abundance of documentation.

Though mostly incomplete, it all manages to contain in striking detail, the removal of those Jews from Ghetto’s, Towns and City’s throughout Europe to one of the 6 Death Camps in Poland. It is a common misconception that though all of Hitler’s Camps dealt in The Destruction of The Jews of Europe, they were not all Death Camps. That distinction belongs to Auschwitz, of which Birkenau was The Death Camp, with Chelmno and Majdanek. The 3 Aktion Reinhard Camps, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka then make up that Industrialised process of Murder.

If statistics are to enter the equation, and conducted Census’s form a major Statistic from which we have gathered so much information, there were about 9,400,00 Jewish People in the sphere of influence to be controlled by Hitler, his Nazis and those alligned or collaborting with him. Here again, we deal in uncertainty with respect to Soviet Russia whose secretive nature did not dispence with the relevant information required to make a sensible assessment of the number of Jews who resided within its borders.

That said, The Wannsee Conference had decided that there were some 11,292,300 Jews who could be brought into The Final Solution of which 5,000,000 of these Jews would be accounted for from within Russia, the Ukraine and Byelorussia. The 6,000,000 Jews Murdered during the period of The Holocaust, on the basis of these figures still represents well over 53% of all those Jews Murdered.

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