November 23, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 4314

Tehran Times Article Refuting Holocaust Relies On 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' Well-Known Holocaust Deniers

November 23, 2011
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 4314

A lengthy article titled "Refutation of the Holocaust Myth," published by the Iranian daily Tehran Times in 2006 and authored by one Saleha Khan, makes familiar Holocaust-denial claims: Anne Frank's diary is a fake, the actual number of Jews in Europe before and after World War II make it impossible for six million of them to have been killed, Hitler encouraged Jews to emigrate but did not put them in concentration camps – which "were used for the detention of political opponents and subversives, mainly liberals, Social Democrats and Communists of all kinds, of whom a proportion were Jews " and so on.

According to the bibliography, in writing the article the author relied on "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," works by well-known Holocaust deniers Robert Faurisson and David Irving, and a book published by the Historical Review Press.

The following is the article, in the original English:[1]

"Refutation of the Holocaust Myth

"(1.a) The world Jewish population

"In order to question the truth regarding the Holocaust, one must first take into account the Jewish population in Europe during the 1940s. It should be noted that statistics relating to the Jewish populations are not known in precise detail. Approximations for various countries differ widely. Furthermore, it is unknown exactly how many Jews were deported and interned at any particular time between the period of 1939—1945. The reliable statistics available, especially those relating to emigration, are sufficient to show that it is not possible for six million Jews to have been exterminated during this period.

"According to Chambers Encyclopedia, the total number of Jews living in Nazi Europe in 1939 was 6.5 million. If it is true that six million people were exterminated, then it would mean that almost the entire Jewish people of Europe were wiped out. Furthermore, if there were 6.5 million Jews living in various areas of Europe at the time, and six million were killed in Germany, then the remaining half a million people were those already residing in other areas of Europe. How does this explain the amount of Holocaust survivors? Also, how does this explain the number of Jewish emigrants to Palestine from Europe after the Balfour Declaration?

"A Swiss publication, Baseler Nachrichten, which employed Jewish Statistical data, established that some 1.5 million Jews emigrated to Britain, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Australia, China, Palestine, India and the United States between 1933 and 1945. On August 13th, 1948, a New York Jewish weekly, Aufbau, cited the same figure. 'Unity in Dispersion,' a publication of the World Jewish Congress, stated the following: 'The majority of the German Jews succeeded in leaving Germany before the war broke out.' (Page 377)

"By September 1939, 220,000 Austrian Jews had emigrated. The Austrian Jewish population was 280,000. From March of that year the Institute for Jewish Emigration in Prague had secured the emigration of 260,000 Jews from former Czechoslovakia. Only around 360,000 Jews remained in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia after September 1939. An estimated half a million Polish Jews had emigrated prior to the outbreak of the war. After 1939, some 1,250,000 Jews fled to the Soviet Union. They were later evacuated beyond the reach of the German invaders. The majority of these people were from Poland. Apart from Poland, Reitlinger, a historian, writes that another 300,000 Jews, from other parts of Europe, slipped into the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1941. This would make the total of Jewish emigrants to the Soviet Union to about 1,550,000.

"In an article about Jews in Russia in Colliers Magazine, dated June 9th, 1945, Freiling Foster explained that, '2,200,000 have migrated to the Soviet Union since 1939 to escape from the Nazis.' A lower estimate is probably more accurate.

"Jewish migration to the Soviet Union thus reduces the number of Jews within the sphere of German occupation to around three and a half million. From this should be deducted the Jews living in neutral European countries who escaped the consequences of the war. The World Almanac (page 594), states the number of Jews living in Gibraltar, Britain, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland and Turkey was a total of 413,128 Jews.

"From the above, it can be concluded that the number of Jews living in German-occupied Europe was around three million."

"(1.b) Post – war Jewish Population

"Statistics provide indisputable evidence that there is a serious problem with the figure of six million. The World Almanac of 1938 puts the number of world Jews as 16,588,259. After World War II, the New York Times of February 22nd, 1948, put the number of Jews in the world at a minimum of fifteen million and a maximum of eighteen million. These figures thus mean that the figure for war-time casualties range in the region of thousands.

"Furthermore, sixteen and a half million Jews in 1938 minus the alleged six million would thus mean that the number of Jews should be slightly more than ten million. Did the New York Times then make a mistake in its figures? Or is it another indication that the figure of six million is indeed just not possible?

"It would appear that the vast majority of the six million missing were in fact emigrants to European countries, to the Soviet Union, and to the United States before, during and after the Second World War. They were also emigrants to Palestine during and especially after the war. After 1945, boatloads of these Jewish survivors entered Palestine illegally from Europe. It was these emigrants to various parts of the world who had increased the world Jewish population to between fifteen and eighteen million by 1948. Probably the greatest part of them was emigrants to the United States.

"The following is an extract from many that appear regularly in the obituary columns of Aufbau, the Jewish American weekly. It shows how Jewish emigrants to the United States subsequently changed their names. Their former European names appear in brackets. In this example Arthur Kingsley is formerly a Dr. Konigsberger of Frankfurt. Could this be the manner in which many names were accumulated as part of the exterminated six million?"

"(2) German policy towards Jews prior to the Second World War

"Adolf Hitler considered the Jews to be a disloyal and an avaricious element within the national community, as well as a force of decadence to German culture. This was deemed to be a serious problem, especially since the Jews had risen to a position of remarkable strength and influence in Germany although making up just one percent of the population.

"By 1939, the majority of German Jews had emigrated, all of them with a sizeable proportion of their assets. At no point had the Nazi regime contemplated a policy of genocide towards them. There is no Nazi documentation ordering the extermination of Jews.

"It would appear that certain Jews were fast to interpret these policies of internal discrimination as equivalent to extermination itself. It is significant to note that anti-German propaganda had begun as early as 1933, when Hans Beimler, a German-Jewish Communist, wrote a sensational book, titled 'Four Weeks in the Hands of Hitler's Hell-Hounds: The Nazi Murder Camp of Dachau.' This book was published in New York. Beimler had been detained for his Marxist affiliations and claimed that Dachau was a death camp. He admitted that he was released after only one month of imprisonment.

"In 1936 Leon Feuchtwanger published his book in Paris, titled 'Der Gelbe Fleck: Die Ausrotung von 500,000 deutschen, Juden,' meaning 'The Yellow Spot: The Outlawing of half a million Jews.' The book was baseless in fact. The annihilation of the Jews was discussed from the first pages. Straightforward emigration was regarded as a physical 'extermination' of German Jewry. The Nazi concentration camps for political prisoners were seen as potential instruments of genocide. Special reference was made to a hundred Jews still detained in Dachau in 1936, sixty of whom had been there since 1933.

"That anti-Nazi genocide propaganda was being disseminated at this impossibly early date, by people biased on racial or political grounds, should caution an onlooker when he is presented with similar stories of the war period.

"The encouragement of Jewish emigration should not be confused with the purpose of concentration camps in pre-war Germany. Concentration camps were used for the detention of political opponents and subversives, mainly liberals, Social Democrats and Communists of all kinds, of whom a proportion were Jews such as Hans Beimler. Unlike the millions enslaved in the Soviet Union, the German concentration camps were always small. Between 1934 and 1938, it seldom exceeded 20,000 throughout the whole of Germany. Furthermore, the number of Jews was never more than 3,000. (The S.S.: Alibi of a Nation, London, 1956, pp 253).

"(3) The Schacht Agreement

"Before one explores the idea of Jewish emigration, the ideology of Theodore Herzl should be examined. Herzl was the l9th century founder of modem Zionism, who in his book 'The Jewish State,' conceived of Madagascar as a national homeland for the Jews. It had been a main plank of the National Socialist platform before 1933 and was published by the party in pamphlet form. This stated that the revival of Israel as a Jewish state was much less acceptable since it would result in perpetual war and disruption in the Arab world.

"The Germans were not the first to propose Jewish emigration to Madagascar. The Polish Government had already considered the scheme in respect of their own Jewish population. In 1937 they sent the Michael Lepecki expedition to Madagascar, accompanied by Jewish representatives, to investigate the problems involved.

"The first Nazi proposals for a Madagascar solution were made in association with the Schacht Plan of 1938. On the advice of Goering, Hitler agreed to send Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, President of the Reichsbank, to London for discussions with Jewish representatives, Lord Bearsted and Mr. Rublee of New York. The plan was that German Jewish assets would be frozen as security for an international loan to finance Jewish emigration to Palestine. Schacht reported on these negotiations to Hitler at Berchtesgaden on January 2nd, 1939. This plan was first put forward on November 12, 1938, at a conference convened by Goering, who revealed that Hitler was already considering the emigration of Jews to settle in Madagascar. In December, Mr. Georges Bonnet, the French Foreign Secretary, told Ribbentrop that the French Government itself was planning the evacuation of 10,000 Jews to Madagascar. The Schacht Plan failed due to the refusal of the British to accept the financial terms thereof. On January 24th, 1939, Goering wrote to the Interior Minister Frick, ordering the creation of a Central Emigration Office for Jews, and commissioned Heydrich of the Reich Security Head Office to solve the Jewish problem 'by means of emigration and evacuation.' The Madagscar Plan was obviously being studied in earnest.

"By 1939, the consistent efforts of the German Government to secure the departure of Jews from the Reich had already resulted in the emigration of 400,000 German Jews from a total population of 600 000. There was also an additional 480,000 emigrants from Austria and Czechoslovakia, which constituted almost their entire Jewish populations. This was accomplished through Offices of Jewish Emigration in Berlin, Vienna and Prague, established by Adolf Eichmann, the head of the Jewish Investigation Office of the Gestapo. If one were to accept that it was the intention of Hitler to exterminate the Jews, then would Hitler's intentions not be contradictory to his actions through his allowing more than 800,000 Jews to leave Reich territory with the bulk of their wealth in their migration?"

"(4) German policy towards the Jews after the outbreak of war

"The situation of the Jews altered drastically with the coming of the war. The World Jewry declared itself to be a party in the Second World War. There was thus ample basis under international law for the Germans to view the Jewish population as a hostile force. On September 5th, 1939, Chaim Weizmann, the principal Zionist leader, declared war against Germany on behalf of the world's Jews, stating that 'the Jews stand by Great Britain and will fight on the side of the democracies ... The Jewish Agency is ready to enter into immediate arrangements for utilizing Jewish manpower, technical ability, resources, etc…' (Jewish Chronicle, September 8th, 1939).

"The Jewish position in declaring its people as agents willing to wage a war against the German Reich was clear. Consequently, Himmler and Heydrich were eventually to begin the policy of internment. Jews were detained in the occupied territories to prevent unrest and subversion. On October 11th, 1942, Himmler informed Mussolini that the German stance towards the Jews had altered dramatically during the wartime entirely for reasons of military security. He complained that thousands of Jews in the occupied regions were conducting partisan warfare, sabotage and espionage. This view was confirmed by official Soviet information given to Raymond Arthur Davis that no less than 35,000 European Jews were waging partisan war under Tito in Yugoslavia. The result was that Jews were to be transported to restricted areas and detention camps, first in Germany, and then after March 1942, in Poland.

"As the war proceeded, the policy developed of using Jewish detainees for labor in the war-effort. The question of labor is fundamental when considering the alleged plan of genocide against the Jewish people. If the plan was to exterminate them, it would also mean that the Germans were prepared to waste manpower, time and energy, while prosecuting a war of survival on two fronts. After the attack on Russia, the idea of compulsory labor took precedence over German plans for Jewish emigration. The protocol of a conversation between Hitler and the Hungarian regent Horthy on April l7th, 1943, reveals that Hitler requested Horthy to release 100,000 Hungarian Jews for work in the 'pursuit-plane programme' of the Lutwaffe at a time when the aerial bombardment of Germany was increasing. (Die Endlosung, Berlin, 1956, page 478). This took place at a time when the Germans were supposed to have been exterminating the Jews. His request demonstrates the priority aim of expanding his labor force.

"In harmony with this labor program, Hitler's concentration camps in actual fact, became industrial complexes. At every camp where Jews and other nationalities were detained, there were large industrial plants and factories supplying material for the German war effort. There was the Buna rubber factory at Bergen-Belsen, the Buna and I.G. Farben Industrie at Auschwitz, and the Siemans electrical firm at Ravensbruck. In many cases, special concentration camp money notes were issued as payment for labor, enabling prisoners to buy extra rations from camp shops. The Germans were determined to obtain maximum economic return from the concentration camp system, an objective that would be in opposite to a plan to exterminate the alleged millions in these camps. It was the function of the S.S. Economy and Administration Office, headed by Oswald Pohl, to see that the concentration camps became major industrial producers."

"(5) Emigration Still Favored during the War

"The Germans continued to implement the policy of Jewish emigration during the war period. The fall of France in 1940 enabled the German Government to open serious negotiations with the French for the transfer of European Jews to Madagascar. Negotiations were conducted between July and December 1940. Eichmann had worked out the details of the German plan regarding the emigration. A circular showing details of this plan was signed by Eichmann's assistant, Dannecker. Eichmann had been commissioned to draw up a detailed Madagascar Plan while Dannecker was employed to do research on Madagascar at the French Colonial Office.

"The proposals of August 15th 1940 were that an inter-European bank was to finance the emigration of four million Jews throughout a phased program. Luther's memorandum of 1942 shows that Heydrich had obtained Himmler's approval of this plan before the end of August and had also submitted it to Goering. This met with the approval of Hitler, who said to Mussolini on June 17 'One could found a State of Israel in Madagascar.' (Schmidt, Hitler's Interpreter, London, 1951).

"The French terminated the Madagascar negotiations in December 1940, although the Germans continued to pursue the scheme. Eichmann was still busy with it throughout 1941. With the progression of the war, in particular by the situation after the invasion of Russia, the scheme was rendered impractical. On February 10th, 1942, the Foreign Office was informed that the plan had been temporarily shelved. The directive sent to the Foreign Office by Luther's assistant reads, 'The war with the Soviet Union has in the meantime created the possibility of the disposing of other territories for the Final Solution. In consequence the Fuhrer has decided that the Jews should be evacuated not to Madagascar but to the East. Madagascar need no longer therefore be considered in connection with the Final Solution.' This directive is very important because it demonstrates conclusively that the term 'Final Solution' meant the emigration of the Jews. There was no mention of extermination.

"A month later, on March 7th, 1942, Goebbels wrote a memorandum in favor of the Madagascar Plan as a 'final solution' of the Jewish question (Dr. Goebbels, Manvell and Frankl, London, 1960). In the meantime he approved of the Jews being 'concentrated in the East.' Goebbel's later memoranda also stressed deportation to the East, that is, the Central Government of Poland, and laid emphasis on the need for compulsory labor there. Once the policy of evacuation to the East had been inaugurated, the use of Jewish labor became a fundamental part of the operation. It was perfectly clear from the foregoing that the term 'Final Solution' was applied both to Madagascar and to the Eastern territories and that it thus referred to the deportation of the Jews."

"(6) False accusations against the Germans

"One of the first accusations against the Germans of the mass murder of Jews during the war was made in the book 'Axis rule in Occupied Europe' in 1943, by a Polish Jew, Rafael Lemkin. This book was published in New York, and claimed that the Nazis had destroyed millions of Jews, perhaps as many as six million. If the extermination was to have begun in around 1942, then the entire Jewish population would have been exterminated by 1945. It is interesting to note that Rafael Lemkin was to later draw up the United Nations Genocide Convention, which aims at outlawing racism.

"There have been numerous claims since, as to the horrors of war crimes on the Jewish people by the Nazis. These claims have not ended. We often hear that a survivor of the Holocaust has a story to tell. There are numerous memoirs detailing the terror in Hitler's concentration camps, the most famous being that of the story of Anne Frank."

"(6.b) The diary of Anne Frank

"The Diary of Anne Frank was first published in 1952. It has been sold as an actual diary of a twelve-year-old Jewish girl from Amsterdam, which was written while her family and four other Jews were hiding in the back room of a house during the German occupation. They were eventually arrested and detained in a concentration camp, where Anne Frank died at the age of fourteen. When her father, Otto, was liberated from the camp at the end of the war, he returned to the Amsterdam house and found his daughter's diary, which had been concealed in the rafters. This book appeals directly to the emotions, and has influenced millions of people worldwide, probably more so than any other book of this kind.

"On examining whether the story is or not true, it should be noted that there are two samples of Anne's handwriting. The first sample, which appeared in Life International, is dated October 1942. Upon examination, the writing appears to be that of a twelve-year old. The published diary is dated June 1942, and clearly appears to be the handwriting of an adult. Furthermore these two scripts, supposedly written only four months apart, bear no resemblance to each other.

"According to the New York Times of October 2nd, 1955, Anne Frank left a diary containing only about 150 notes. The published diary has 293 pages, and is of a high literary standard. Considering that its contents deal with historical events makes it unlikely that a twelve-year old could put together a piece of work of such literary standard, especially since it deals with so much trauma.

"In questioning the authenticity of this diary, it also needs to be highlighted that a case was brought against Otto Frank by Meyer Levin, an author and a journalist, who met with Frank in France around 1949. The first diary was published in France. The issue in this ease was about the dramatized version of Anne's story for the use in film, radio, television and theatre productions. Meyer Levin claimed for these rights and was awarded $50,000 as indemnity for 'fraud, default and unauthorized payment of ideas.'

"The Diary of Anne Frank continues to be a bestseller and remains a means of' drawing endless sympathy for the alleged victims of Hitler's genocide."

"(7) The nature of the gas chambers

"History as we are taught, tells us that Hitler exterminated the Jews through his famous gas chambers. The gas used is Hydrogen Cyanide. Scientifically speaking, cyanide gas leaves a residue after being used. A gas chamber exposed to the very lethal Hydrogen Cyanide will leave a large amount of residue, even after fifty years. Whatever happened to the remains of the alleged gassing of six million bodies in these gas chambers remains a mystery.

"Also, there exists no documentation where Hitler orders the gassing of the Jews. There is no documentation mentioning the word 'gas chambers,' let alone supporting this concept. Furthermore, those reporting to Hitler, make no mention of the word 'gas chambers' or 'extermination' in their reports to him.

"If the bodies were cremated, and if for every fifty kilos of a human body, the remains were twenty kilos of ash, this would mean that for six million bodies, there would be some 120,000,000 kilos or 120,000 tons of ash. How was such a large amount of ash disposed of? More so, where was it disposed?

"If Auschwitz was the place where Jews were being exterminated by the millions, were the Nazi's sloppy at their work, for them to have overlooked the thousands of Jews who survived Auschwitz?"

"(8) Aims of the propaganda regarding the six million

"Why would anyone go through such lengths to cover up a created situation? The German government has made it a crime to question the authenticity of the Holocaust. It is considered a desecration of the memory of the dead. Worse still, Germany still pays the Israe1i government for its atrocities against the Jewish people. What then happened to the principle of Freedom of Speech? If the Europeans claim to be nations that advocate Freedom of Speech, then their motives for stifling the questioning of the Holocaust need to be examined.

"If this situation is to be applied to other situations in the world, then we should see Black South Africans being compensated for the crimes committed against them like we should see Afghanistan recompensed for the crimes committed against her by the Russians. And the mentioned scenarios are obviously never going to happen."

"(9) Was the Holocaust pre-planned?

"Is it not strange that a nation that claims to have been victims of the worst war crimes ever are the very same people that were awarded their own homeland at the end of the war that was supposed to have destroyed them? When the British allowed the Jews their own homeland in Palestine, through the Balfour Declaration, were they trying to get rid of the Jews from Britain? Or had the Jews created the problems in the Second World War so as to create an excuse for themselves to have their own homeland? These are questions that will continue to haunt us, as they will give rise to more questions. Furthermore if freedom of speech does exist, then we would have access to the kind of information needed to explore these questions, like we would have the freedom to publicly disclose our findings.

"The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion begins with the following: 'Right lies in Might, Freedom — an idea only.'

"In view of the examination of the Holocaust, it is both sad yet understandable that the Jewish people are able to subject the rest of the world to their propaganda and in so doing create the emotions necessary to enable them to gain financially from the world. The Holocaust is probably the best marketing strategy ever, and will continue to be just that if we are to remain ignorant of the truths that it hides."


"1) The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

"2) Is the Diary of Anne Frank Genuine? Robert Faurisson

"3) Did Six Million Really Die? The Historical Review Press

"4) The Second World War A J P Taylor, 1975

"5) The Holocaust Exposed David Irving"


[1] Tehran Times (Iran), May 17, 2006. The text has been lightly edited for clarity.

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