The beauty or the horror of America is that any idiot can espouse any opinion. At the time Schindlers List came out polls showed that 25% of the US population didn't believe the Holocaust happened. But let's look at some of the other things that large amounts of nuts still believe:fschmidt wrote:So far the score is 4 sane to 7 nuts. That isn't good.
The world is flat
All the moon landings were hoaxes
Kennedy was never assassinated
Kennedy was assassinated by: the Cubans, Mafia, CIA, Lyndon Johnson, the Russians, my next door neighbor
Elvis is still alive - and living in sin with Bigfoot
911 either: was planned by George Bush, had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden, those planes just coincidenally collided into those buildings, or aliens teleported the Twin Towers off planet
Here's one thing I will say that has always interested me. Growing up in the 60s we knew several Holocaust survivors. One (a teacher) had been in Auchwitz. All us boys whispered about him and pointed to the faded tatoo on his arm. We were terrified. It was a given that you never talked to him about such a thing. No one ever said so, but we all knew that the subject was too horrible to discuss. I worked closely with him on a project and today wish that I had had the courage to ask.
I suspect that most survivors prior to Schindlers List were incapable of sharing their experiences; maybe not even with their families. So over the years and decades the numbers and general horror was known but not the individual stories. Numbers are just numbers and can easily be discounted.
One number that always fascinated me. By the end of WW2, by their own statistics, the SS had nearly 1 million men. With the exception of the relative few who were imprisoned or executed, most went back to their homes and lives. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Germany was willing to accept responsibility for the holocaust but to this day does not want it dug up too much. No one really wanted to know what their uncle or neighbor really did during the war.