By Mary W Maxwell
Ursula Haverbeck is an 86 year old lady of Germany who who does not want to die until she has straightened out the fact that Germans didn’t actually do many of the things they were accused of.
Myself, I’m a Yankee who wants to say that my country did plenty of things that it hasn’t yet been accused of! So, Ursula and I have in common that untruths get on our nerves. The fact that Americans committed atrocities in WWII can more or less be deduced from the fact that they’re still committing them even as we speak, wouldn’t you say?
Remember the US Senate Report on Torture dated December 2014? Nothing has (yet) come of it. But it must, it must! My desire to air my — and everybody’s — dirty laundry is so we can face up to what we do. If we keep denying our sins there is no basis on which to turn a horrible situation around.
Gumshoe recently carried Greg Maybury’s review of Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, by Gerry Docherty and Jim Macgregor. That book is life-changing.
The authors have got it down to a science. A handful of men, among them the young Winston Churchill (b 1874) and Victoria’s son Bertie, made WWI happen, behind the scenes.
Those persons had the unbelievable arrogance to decide that England would trick Germany into a war, and that their own countrymen were to be treated like idiots. (Millions died, remember.) And that we would have it all shoved down our throats by way of false stories. To get your History Exam marked “A,” you had to say that the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand is what started the Great War.
It’s likely that the under-the-table business started a lot earlier than 1891, which is where the book Hidden History begins. I venture to guess it started with the Emperor Justinian, or, to take a later figure, with William Cecil who may have been the boss of Queen Bess. (Can a monarch be bossed? Um. How many divisions has the king?)
Ursula Haverbeck has not yet caught up with the Docherty-Macgregor tome, but she has fastened on a publication of 2000 that remained in somebody’s drawer till 2013, Commandant’s Orders. It’s a printout of a 1940 set of instructions to the German staff at Auschwitz, on how to treat prisoners.
She acknowledges that the inmates of concentration camps were slaves making armaments. The Auschwitz book lays out the punishment for any guard who strikes a worker (much less rapes her). As Ursula says, the reason for this is that the workers were needed. She therefore says it is not plausible that her compatriots starved or tortured the prisoners.
In the interview below, a Panorama TV spokesperson throws every possible question at her and she holds up very well with her argument. I’d like to see an 86-year old ex-prisoner of the Nazi regime have it out with her, man to man.
It was in the news yesterday that Ursula’s home has now been raided by the police. She has, of course, flouted the great taboo known as “Holocaust denial.” (That also includes the crime of “Holocaust minimization,” don’tcha know. If you say the number was five million, not six million you could find yourself behind bars.)
I was surprised when she mentioned that about 2,000 people have gone to jail for the “denial” crime each year, since 1994 when the law got passed. Who is paying those prisoners bed and board? The German taxpayer?
It’s such a ridiculous crime. Who thought it up? Practically everyone I know who is protesting the EU laws against Holocaust denial (e.g., in Adelaide, Fredrick Toben and Peter Hartung) says these laws were arranged by “the Jews.”
Cal me eccentric but I say no. I say Jews are victims of this stupid law. Surely Jews today do not want there to be any such law, but they perhaps do not know how to fight it. When I say “Jews” here I mean Mom and Pop, not the leaders of this or that organization, or Sarkozy, etc.
It is surely an embarrassment to Academe that there is so little protest at the existence of any law that forbids discussion of ANY subject whatsoever! But one that forbids challenges to the party line about a government’s behavior? Oh my. And in regard to wartime behavior? Oh my, my.
I will put the 47-minute interview here, for which English speakers can mute the audio and read the subtitles. But Ursula has also made a 5-minute Youtube video in English that you may enjoy. It’s fun to see a person of any age being so feisty.