General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 13, 1945, and declared that there was “indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency”. With his foresight, Eisenhower spoke of how the Holocaust might come to be denied in the future:
I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at firsthand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that “the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.” Some members of the visiting party were unable to go through the ordeal. I not only did so but as soon as I returned to Patton’s headquarters that evening, I sent communications to both Washington and London, urging the two governments to send instantly to Germany a random group of newspaper editors and representative groups from the national legislatures. I felt that the evidence should be immediately placed before the American and British publics in a fashion that would leave no room for cynical doubt (Eisenhower, 1948, p. 409; In: Shermer & Grobman, p. 20).
Despite the evidence, the Holocaust has been and still is denied by many people. The key claims of prominent deniers are:
- The Nazis had no official policy or intention of exterminating Jews.
- Nazis did not use gas chambers to mass murder Jews.
- The figure of 5 to 6 million Jewish deaths is a gross exaggeration.
These claims and more are answered in the following posts:
- Why So Concerned? – Why I Respond
- Convergence of Evidence – How We Can Prove the Holocaust
- Revision and Denial – Telling science from Bunk
- Adolf Hitler – What Did He Know?
- Gas Chambers – Used for Delousing?
- Eyewitness – Are Testimonies from Survivors and Nazis Reliable?
- Death Toll – How Many Were Murdered?