Furthermore, Bishop Richard Williamson claims that historical "evidence" points against six millions of Jews being murdered by Nazis, and instead offers the estimate of "only" 300,000.
As you can imagine, after reading this I'm sitting here with steam pouring out of my ears. Don't get me wrong - I know there's a body of Holocaust deniers and what I call, for lack of a better term, "Holocaust diminishers"; I have encountered them, debated with them - and dropped it.
Bishop Williamson denies being prejudiced against Jews, but it's clear that this is no little innocent historical discussion. Of course, the Holocaust isn't just about numbers, but about the cold-blooded, organized, well-established murder which was supposed to be The Final Solution. However, Williamson's interview was not about historical accuracy. It was an obvious attempt to downplay the magnitude of Holocaust - the latest, though not the first (and probably not the last) deliberate attempt to wipe Jews off the face of the earth.
I'm not sure what sort of "evidence" he is talking about, but if it has a degree of credibility similar to the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" - which Mr. Williamson believes to be authentic - what more can I say?
Can you do math?
There are approximately 5.5 millions of Jews currently living in Israel, of which 2.2 millions are Ashkenazi (of European descent). We're talking about hundreds of thousands of families. I don't know a single Ashkenazi family in Israel which had not sustained losses during the Holocaust. The majority of my extended family, for instance, was murdered - in gas chambers (we have eye witnesses). The simple logic of even a very rough estimate - without reading any documentation - will tell you that we're at a scale of millions here.
And that's just Israel. Worldwide, there are approximately 13 millions of Jews, about 80% of whom are Ashkenazi. To my knowledge, there are over 5 millions of Jews in the USA, the majority of them Ashkenazi. Many of them lost family members during the Holocaust as well, and can tell about it.
This, not counting the families which were wiped out entirely, with no one left to live and tell the truth.
From another article: "The Pope has twice visited synagogues, in the US and his native Germany, and sought to make amends with the Islamic world after a speech at Regensburg two years ago in which he appeared to suggest that Islam was inherently violent and irrational. However, he recently declared that inter-religious dialogue "in the strict sense of the word" between Christians, Jews and Muslims was "not possible".
To tell you the truth, I'm not so sure what precisely is meant here by "inter-religious dialogue". The most optimistic scenario I personally can come up with is "live and let live", and even that seems far too hopeful. I don't know why some of my fellow Jews naively expect the world, and especially institutions of other religions, to side with us and protect us - or even like us. We are supposed to be self-reliant. After all, "In every generation one rises up against us to destroy us, and the Holy One saves us from their hand".
We outlived Haman. We outlived the Inquisition. We outlived Hitler, and in every generation, we will continue to outlive the latest offspring of Amalek who attempts to eliminate us. We aren't supposed to grovel, and should stand up straight and proud. Until the true Final Solution - the coming of the Messiah.