Monday, January 23, 2006

This blog's 1st anniversary

It's a year since my friend Sasha showed me how to blog. We were at LimmudNY and within a few minutes she had me started. [BTW, went back to LimmudNY again this year -- only for a short visit -- and it was very impressive. Limmud (UK), aka the original Limmud, was outstanding again this year.]

I have tried to keep this blog focused on issues relating to Holocaust denial, Holocaust history, antisemitism, and related matters.

Traffic on the blog, while small from Internet standards, is now about 100+ people a day. We have had over 32,000 visitors this past year. I hope that the comments on this blog have gotten people thinking about these issues -- whether they disagree or agree with me.

I appreciate those who have commented and urge them to continue doing so.


Dave said...

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to support this blog.

More power to you.

Susan said...

I've been reading History on Trial and am fascinated. I realize there are a lot of people out there like Irving but I'm sorry there are.

My father was with the 3rd Armored, which liberated a concentration camp. To the end of his life my father would shake with rage at people who denied the Holocaust.

My brother's comment is that they'd have had to invent Hell for Hitler if it didn't already exist.

Ariadne said...

I heard you speak last night at Portland State University. I can't tell you how moved I was by your convictions. I'm very glad you did not "settle". You are truly an inspiration and have truly opened my eyes. Thank you.

Uriah Robinson said...

Ahmedejinad's planned conference, David Duke speaking in Syria, Abu Hamza spewing forth venom in London, all mean that we need you even more today than when you took on the bully boy Irving.
Let us hope and pray that the world is a better place a year from now.

TheZoeJ said...

Hi Deborah,

I would like to know what you would do in a situation like the one I recently encountered. I was at a casual party at a friend's house and was chatting to someone I have met briefly before and after some time the conversation evolved into a full on discussion about the Holocaust because I was telling him how I had just seen "Fateless" and describing it to him. He then went on to say that he believed the true numbers of people killed in the Holocaust were between 150,000 to 500,000. I confronted him and asked him why he believed this and he said that obviously it was really bad that up to 500,000 people were murdered but there was no proof for the 6 million figure. At this point what had been a fairly pleasant conversation turned into me virtually shaking with rage and launching into a highly impassioned argument with this man. I knew at the time I should have just ignored him but to me it was so unbelievably wrong to think this that I couldn't leave it alone. I basically told him he was an anti-semite, and was not only offending me but the memory of millions of people who had been persecuted. I told him that there was proof for the 6 million figure and there are some historical facts that cannot be disputed no matter how "revisionist" you are. I also asked him what his proof was for the 150,000 to 500,000 figures as they seemed to be plucked from the air. He didn't have any.
What do you do when people ask you to "prove" the 6 million figure? I should have probably ignored it but so many people seem to do that I thought I should stand up for myself for once. I always remember that in one history class at University one girl stood up and said that Jews are too obsessed with the Holocaust and should let it go, and I didn't say anything. Now I feel that I must say something when people challenge the Holocaust. It's too important to let go.