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COMMENTARY: Racist David Duke Calls Eisenhower a Liar

Posted by kinchendavid on December 18, 2006

By Joseph J. Honick

Bainbridge Island, WA  — Of course Duke did not frontally accuser Eisenhower of lying. There is nothing in Duke’s history suggesting he would have the nerve or courage to do such a thing. Instead, he has had to find platforms like the phony Holocaust Conference sponsored by the terrorist regime in Iran to perform his rants and suggest he has evidence that smells of historical revisionism.

David Duke, who now tries to run from his racist past as boss of the Ku Klux Klan, fairly screamed at CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for having recited the truthful past of the white supremacist. Asserting he has now come a long way by acquiring a PhD and having been elected to office, he suggested Blitzer, winner of pages of journalistic acclaim was a “Jewish extremist.” Obviously, Duke was ignorant of the fact that Blitzer’s family knew the Holocaust first hand. But then Duke has never let facts get in his way.

In his rants to deny the Holocaust, he pretty much accused legitimate American hero, the late President and former leaders of the victory in Europe of being a liar. Otherwise, what did Duke the Denier mean in his assault on history in the face of the following comment by Ike:

“I have never felt able to describe my emotional reaction when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency. I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda,” — General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander, Allied Forces, Europe, Letter to Chief of Staff George Marshall, April 12, 1945

Add to this the current revelation of millions of pages documenting still further the actions of the Nazis in that terrible time.

So who is this David Duke who proclaims his scholarship and demands for free an open discussion of the very history he re-invents? Whether he wants to run from a personal history he has never disowned or assert he has attained a new level of accomplishment, the reality is he like all of us is known by his deeds and cannot hide from them. That he has been coddled and honored by the Iranian blowhard probably bespeaks Duke’s reality.

And, by the way, he overlooks in his assertions of the myths of the Holocaust, one of his colleagues on the Iran Conference from the Institute of Historical Review (read Revision) is from a group that years ago challenged anyone to prove the Holocaust, lost the case in court and failed to pay the reward it offered.

In the end, Duke is where he belongs in Iran and the rest of the racist venues that just love to use this guy as a front man for their own purposes.

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Editor’s (David M. Kinchen)  Note: CBS News’s “60 Minutes” (on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006) had a terrifically moving segment by Scott Pelley about the recently opened Nazi document archive center in Bad Arolsen, Germany. All the documents captured by the Allies after Germany’s defeat in 1945 were collected in the archive, which has been closed to the public – until this year. Pelley accompanied three Holocaust survivors to the archive center, which has 16 miles of shelves containing meticulous documentation in German of the fate of more than 17 million people. The men, Nicholas Schwartz of San Diego, Walter Feiden of New York City and Jack Rosenthal of New York City, saw their records for the first time. The archives also contain the actual “Schindler’s List” and documentation of Anne Frank, whose father was a World War I German Army veteran. I doubt any thinking person – of any ethnic group or religion – could watch that segment with dry eyes. I couldn’t!

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Here is the announcement from “60 Minutes” to the news media on the segment: Good afternoon. I wanted to give you a heads-up on a story that will be running this Sunday, Dec. 17 (7PM ET/PT on CBS) on “60 MINUTES” about a long-secret German archive that houses a treasure trove of information on 17.5 million victims of the Holocaust. The archive, located in the German town of Bad Arolsen, is massive (there are 16 miles of shelving containing 50 million pages of documents) and until recently, was off-limits to the public. But after the German government agreed earlier this year to open the archives, CBS News’ Scott Pelley traveled there with three Jewish survivors who were able to see their own Holocaust records. It’s an incredibly moving piece, all the more poignant in the wake of this week’s meeting of Holocaust deniers in Iran. We’re trying to get word out about the story to people who have a special interest in this subject. So we were hoping you’d consider sending out something to your listserve and/or posting something on your website. Further information will also be available on our website (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/08/60minutes/main13502.shtml), which you’re welcome to link to from yours.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and thanks for your consideration.

Robin Sanders
CBS News 60 Minutes
phone: 212-975-7598
email: sandersr@cbsnews.com


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