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College newspapers have no obligation to accept these ads, of course, and some editors haven’t. Some, however, including those at Duke and Rutgers, have run them with rebuttals and discussion. This has brought an outcry from adults calling for an across-the-board ban on such material under existing guidelines that ban racist or antisemitic copy. The catch, though, is the false dispassionate and pseudo-scholarly tone of the ads, which studiously avoid code words and ethnic invective. Their offensiveness lies solely in their message.
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The opposite is true. Poland is open now. Anyone can go to Auschwitz and see the roomfuls of grisly, literal evidence. Anyone can read not one, or 10, but hundreds of volumes of documents. Anyone can demolish the supposedly academic ‘rise’ laid out in these ads without half trying – and everyone has a responsibility to do so, given the chances. The student editors at Duke and
Rutgers did this. The impulse to push away the creeping revisionist insinuation, to protect it from the bracing blast of refutation, is shortsighted. Ironically, one sole sentence near the beginning of the ad copy is in fact correct:
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Posturing as priests. Very limited rations. Spiritual deprivation. Promises of acquittal. «@ We won the war, but some of us want to go on killing. That seems to me wicked. «@ The American prohibition of hear-say evidence had been suspended. Second and third-hand testimony was admitted, «@ Lt Perl of the Prosecution pleaded that it was difficult to obtain competent evidence. Perl told the court, ‘We had a tough case to crack and we had to use persuasive methods.’ He admitted to the court that the persuasive methods included various ‘expedients, including some violence and mock trials.’ He further told the court that the cases rested on statements obtained by such $ODQ 0RRUHKHDG ³%HOVHQ´ LQ &\ULO &RQQROO\ HG The Golden Horizon, :HLGHQIHOV DQG 1LFKROVRQ /RQGRQ SS I (/ YDQ 5RGHQ ³$PHULFDQ $WURFLWLHV LQ *HUPDQ\´ The Progressive )HEUXDU\ SS I ZZZISSFRXN$XVFKZLW]'DFKDX9DQ5RGHQKWPO *(50$5 58'2/) &$5/2 0$772*12 AUSCHWITZ LIES methods. «@ The statements which were admitted as evidence were obtained from men who had first been kept in solitary confinement for three, four, and, five months. They were confined between four walls, with no windows, and no opportunity of exercise. Two meals a day were shoved in to them through a slot in the door. They were not allowed to talk to anyone.
They had no communication with their families or any minister or priest during that time. «@ Our investigators would put a black hood over the accused’s head and then punch him in the face with brass knuckles, kick him, and beat him with rubber hose. Many of the German defendants had teeth knocked out. Some had their jaws broken. All but two of the Germans, in the 139 cases we investigated, had been kicked in the testicles beyond repair.
This was Standard Operating Procedure with American investigators. Perl admitted use of mock trials and persuasive methods including violence and said the court was free to decide the weight to be attached to evidence thus received. But it all went in.
One 18 year old defendant, after a series of beatings, was writing a statement being dictated to him. When they reached the 16th page, the boy was locked up for the night. In the early morning, Germans in nearby cells heard him muttering. ‘I will not utter another lie.’ When the jailer came in later to get him to finish his false statement, he found the German hanging from a cell bar, dead. However the statement that the German had hanged himself to escape signing was offered and received in evidence in the trial of the others.
Sometimes a prisoner who refused to sign was led into a dimly lit room, where a group of civilian investigators, wearing U. S. Army uniforms, were seated around a black table with a crucifix in the center and two candles burning, one on each aide. ‘You will now have your American trial,’ the defendant was told.
The sham court passed a sham sentence of death.
Then the accused was told, ‘You will hang in a few days, as soon as the general approves this sentence: