COMMENT: We’re going to look at a development that is disturbingly evident of the EU/EMU’s realization of the philosophy of Friedrich List, and the realization of that philosophy by the Third Reich in prewar, wartime, and post-war politico/economic manifestations.
The EU has selected the terminology of a prominent Holocaust revisionist, whose verbiage has been chosen to grace a World War II memorial in Europe.
Rather than denying it outright, Nolte has developed a line of Holocaust revisionism we highlighted in FTR #235.
Not claiming that the Holocaust never happened, Ernst Nolte is a Holocaust revisionist, claiming that it was justified, up to a point, because large numbers of Jews were pro-communist.
He developed this line of rationalization in, among other writings, a work in which he developed his hypothesis that the Second World War II was a “European Civil War”.
It is worth noting that Nolte the Holocaust revisionist was a friend and protege of Professor Martin Heidegger, the noted theologian, who had been a member of the Nazi party and defended Nazism.
Aside from the gross historical inaccuracy of referring to a global conflict as a “European Civil War,” the EU’s titling of its exhibit with a direct nod to the rhetoric of a Holocaust revisionist is more than a little significant.
EXCERPT: . . . . At Freiburg, Nolte was a student of Martin Heidegger, whom he acknowledges as a major influence. From 1944 onwards, Nolte was a close friend of the Heidegger family, and when in 1945 the professor feared arrest by the French, Nolte provided him with food and clothing for an attempted escape. . . .
. . . . “Ten years later, in The European Civil War (1987), the German historian Ernst Nolte (b. 1923) brought ideology into the equation. The First World War had spawned the Bolshevik Revolution, he maintained, and fascism should be seen as a “counter-revolution” against Communism. . . .
EXCERPT: . . . . .For Prof. Ernst Nolte, Hitler and the Nazis were justified from their point of view in killing the Jews so long as they held a belief that the Jews were threatening a major historical change that would lead to “a civilization of world peace” and a world government. Then Nolte goes on to say Hitler and the Nazis were not justified because one cannot hold the Jews or anyone responsible for history, but he does not say a word about the Nazis not being justified because they were inhuman and evil in destroying Jewish lives en masse. Forgetting for a moment the issues of Nolte’s faulty historical and manipulative interpretations, Nolte’s statements are, in effect, a condescending, maddening word-game on seemingly intellectual and historical matters without an ounce of human compassion, mercy or seeking of justice, and with a constant refrain of incitement and honor to Nazi genocidal violence. Throughout, his style is to say yes, there was a Holocaust, and then, immediately, to rush off to celebration/respect of revisionists, citations of their absurd work — e.g., the pseudo-mathematics of how the gas chambers couldn’t handle the number of people they were supposed to and, of course, reframing Nazi actions intrinsically as grand efforts to contribute to European and world history. . . .
EXCERPT: Today we learn that the European Union (our real ruler) is opening a £44m museum that will be a House of European History. This vanity project in and of itself is an offensive waste of money as governments and peoples tighten belts across Europe.
But what I found most offensive of all is that World War II is to be described as “the European Civil War”.
That’s right: a European Civil War that saws millions fight and die in theatres around the world in places as diverse as Tobruk, Pearl Harbour and the Burma Railway.
What greater calculated insult can there be to those from India, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and across the world who fought and died to defend freedom from Nazi and Japanese tyranny? . . .