The title of this post is also the title of a 1974 Holocaust denial pamphlet written by Richard Verrall. It came to the Sassistas!TM minds yesterday when they came across a report that the Vatican was now demanding that a recently rehabilitated bishop take back his statements denying the Holocaust.
Five days ago, Bishop Richard Williamson apologized to the Pope, but hinted that his apology was not a retraction of his prior inflammatory statements but a gesture of deference. "Amidst this tremendous media storm stirred up by imprudent remarks of mine, " wrote Williamson, "my sincere regrets for having caused to the Holy Father so much unnecessary distress and problems."
We certainly wouldn't want the Holy Father to be suffering any unnecessary distress over a bishop denying the Holocaust, would we?
Believe it or not, this bishop is just a scintilla of a lunatic fringe that doesn't believe the Holocaust ever happened, despite compelling evidence otherwise such as the room pictured in this post. This room is the "Tower of Faces, " a three-floor-high segment of the permanent exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum devoted to the Jewish community of the Lithuanian town of Eisiskes, which was massacred by units of the German Einsatzgruppe and their Lithuanian auxiliaries in two days of mass shootings on September 25 and 26, 1941. The Sassistas!TM have been in this room, and we will never forget what we saw there.
Flannista will also never forget her personal encounter with a Holocaust denier 14 years ago in Key West, Florida. She was on vacation, and every morning, while walking downtown to get a fresh cup of coffee, passed an older gentleman working on what looked like a book in the cozy comfort of his front porch. One morning, the gentleman noticed Flannista staring and greeted her. This is the conversation that followed:
FLANNISTA: Good morning. I've been passing you every morning. Are you working on a book?
GENTLEMAN (with polite, British accent): Yes, I am.
FLANNISTA: I'm envious as I'm a writer, too. What's your book about?
GENTLEMAN: It's about the Goebbels, the mastermind of the Third Reich.
FLANNISTA: Oh. (pausing) You know, you look so familiar to me. Weren't you recently on TV?
GENTLEMAN: Yes, I was on "Phil Donahue" and created quite a stir.
GENTLEMAN: I questioned the extent of the Holocaust.
FLANNISTA (who now recognizes the British gentleman): You're David Irving?
GENTLEMAN: Yes, I am.
FLANNISTA: You don't believe the Holocaust happened?
GENTLEMAN: Well, it's clear that six million weren't killed. At the most it was just 600,000.
FLANNISTA: Just 600,000? It's okay that it was just 600,000?
GENTLEMAN: If you examine the bricks at the foundation of the supposed crematoria, you'd see that they were made in the late 1940s, not the early 1940s.
FLANNISTA: But it's okay that it was just 600,000?
GENTLEMAN: Like I said, it clearly wasn't six million.
Flannista walked away, stunned. Irving's book, Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich -- was published a year later under another name. Appropriately, Publisher's Weekly declared the book "repellent."