This month, Bradley R. Smith's Holocaust denial Report has published an article by Potts entitled Free-Riding on the Juggernaut of Conscience, which argues, without citing any sources, that, of those persons claiming to be Holocaust survivors or relatives of Holocaust survivors:
The proportion of free riders to genuine victims...is minuscule, even as the skill and dedication of the actors who make up the majority grows.He predicts that
...despite the Juggernaut’s rude health and limitless capacity for expansion, a cancer is metastasizing aboard it that will one day break its axles, shatter its cross-beams, and bring it to a sudden, catastrophic halt in the center of a mob that has suddenly realized that they have been its dupes for many years and have heaped onto it far too great a portion of what would today remain their own treasure but for the inertial deception practiced upon them by the Juggernaut and its now-dismounted riders.And concludes:
And when the breakdown finally occurs, and the free riders are spilled out onto the road among their erstwhile worshippers, those feeling vengeful urges against any of them will have the comfort of the enormous odds that any given one of them never paid in any way for their high and mighty ride aboard the Juggernaut of Conscience.Who is the author of this hateful and fact-free screed?
N. Joseph Potts is also known as Norbert J. Potts. See his Amazon [screenshot] and Wikipedia [screenshot] profiles, compare e-mail addresses. Potts states in an Amazon review [screenshot] that
Just as the fumigation of clothing with cyanide gas to alleviate typhus epidemics gave rise to accusations of homicidal gassing at Auschwitz, the inoculation of prisoners at Andersonville against smallpox produced charges that the notional vaccine was doped to kill its recipients. Just as prosecutions aimed at implication of Hitler in ordering extermination of concentration-camp populations, Wirz was secretly offered clemency if he would but implicate Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, in an alleged program to murder Union prisoners of war.Potts expanded this "argument" in a longer October 2009 piece "The Last Casualty Is Never Buried" that can be found at his Scribd page, in which he states:
“Zyklon B” is in fact the trade name of the fumigant made for such purposes in Germany since long before the Second World War, when it was occasionally imported for use in the United States among other countries. Despite the unsuitability of a fumigant for purposes of killing people, Höss’s memoirs report its extensive use for that purpose. It is possible that Höss, aware of the prevalence and popularity of the rumor among his captors, undertook to support the story in his memoirs even if only to gain a short reprieve from his looming death sentence. It is also possible that these portions of his memoirs were written or dictated by someone else; Höss was undeniably totally at the mercy of determined and vengeful captors. In any event, Höss was executed for the use of a product that had been introduced into the camp, at least initially, to alleviate death and suffering among the inmates.He has also posted extensively on Amazon's Holocaust denial talk page. He states there [screenshot] that the real Holocaust death toll is 1,723,433. Potts also regularly edits Wikipedia pages on such luminaries as David McCalden and David Irving, and also made a failed attempt to have David Cole's Wikipedia page reinstated.
It seems that Potts, whose close relatives included the Nazi Party members "Kurt Reif (late of Graz, Austria) and Dr. Rechtsanwalt Norbert Reif (late of Linz, Austria)," [screenshot] (Potts was even named after the latter) is just another person whose inability to accept the result of World War II has led to him to embrace denial. The fact that he waited until he reached the age of 65 until 'going public' with these beliefs does not make them any less reprehensible. We are sure that Mises Daily and its readers will reach the same conclusion.
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