University of Haifa
Haifa University - Partial Holocaust Denial on
University of Haifa Chat List
by Steven Plaut at 5:34 AM
Thursday, May 15, 2008
To Right - participants in University of
Haifa chat list?
A few days ago I posted
on my personal blog some 'dialogue' that was being disseminated
via the anti-Semitic 'ALEF' chat list that operates under the
auspices of the University of Haifa, attempting partially to deny
the Holocaust. The material can be read
The ALEF list is a list for outright
anti-Semites, cheerleaders for terrorism, and Neo-Nazis, operating
through the University of Haifa computer and under its auspices as a
university chat list. The 'dialogue' concerning the Holocaust began
when one Shraga Elam, an ex-Israel best known for
his lavish praise
for David Irving, claimed that 'at most' 5.1 million Jews were
murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This was supposed to be
based on an estimate of the world Jewish population posted on a
Hebrew University web site by HU's demographer Prof. Sergio
There it says that there were 11 million Jews
world wide (elsewhere it says 11.4) after World War II and 16.5
before the war in the entire world.
Elam and his ilk then claim that 'at most' 5.1
million Jews were murdered, and the 'Six Million' number is Zionist
propaganda. Elam was then joined on the ALEF list by Stalinist
British anti-Semite Tony Greenstein and others (including a
professor of psychology from Haifa University), who agreed.
This is all familiar stuff taken from Neo-Nazi
and Holocaust Denial web sites, who make similar 'statistical
What is one to make of all this?
First of all, the 11 and the 16.5 numbers on
the Hebrew University web site are hardly firm authoritative data
points and are little more than wild guesses.
But suppose for the sake of argument that they
are correct. Would this give credence to the claims of the
anti-Semites and Neo-Nazis that the Six Million number is a
fabrication? An invention of Zionists? Where is the 'missing
million' if we take those numbers at face value?
The answer is that the claim reveals far more
about the demographic illiteracy of the anti-Semites than about the
actual scope of the Holocaust. The 'claim' of the anti-Semites that
the numbers show that fewer than Six Million were murdered in the
Holocaust ignores natural growth of Jewish populations in other,
non-European parts of the world, that is, the excess of births over
deaths there. (These included all high-birth Jewish populations in
North Africa and Asia.) It assumes a static world Jewish population
between 1939 and 1946, other than the effect of the Holocaust.
If the Jewish populations outside Europe in
1939 were about ten million, and if these Jewish populations were
growing naturally at 2% per year during the years of World War II,
which is probably close to or less than they were actually growing,
then do the math and that more than 'explains' the supposedly
'missing million' in the 'data' of the anti-Semites.
In fact, the number of Jewish deaths during the
Holocaust may have been closer to 7 million than six million.
The anti-Semites, including the Jewish
anti-Semites, are misusing demographic data about the Holocaust so
that they can engineer a second Holocaust of Jews.
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