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Tuesday, January 3, 2006
MEMRITV: Iranian TV Holocaust Denial: Gas Chambers Used for Hygiene

The following are excerpts from a discussion about the Holocaust on the
Iranian News Channel (IRINN), which was aired on December 27, 2005. The
panel included a representative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

*Iranian TV Holocaust Denial: Holocaust Denial on Iranian TV: Crematoria and
Gas Chambers Were Used for Hygienic Purposes
Clip No. 982

Political analyst Hosein Rouyvaran: The number of Jews in the world (before
World War II) was about 13 million. After World War II, the number of Jews
in the world was over 12 million. The killing of six million Jews in the
crematoria is a myth, not a fact, as proven by geography. Furthermore, as
Mr. Abu Jihad has stated, 50 million people were killed in World War II. Why
do they focus on the figure of six million, even if we assume this figure is
correct? In addition, during World War II, many massacres were committed
against humanity. We have Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and the city of Larson in
Germany. In the city of Larson alone... Perhaps this hasn't been dealt with
extensively... In several days of bombardment, 135,000 people were killed in
this city. Many massacres... Many crimes against humanity were committed in
World War II.

There's another matter. In the discussion of the Holocaust the issue of four
detention facilities is raised: Auschwitz, Struthof, Mauthausen and
Majdanek. Some were in Germany, and some in Poland. There are many issues
worthy of discussion: For hygienic reasons, they used to burn the bodies of
those who died of typhus or contagious diseases. This means the crematoria
were used for hygienic, not political, purposes, and even this was not
systematically. That's one thing. The crematoria... The gas chambers were
for disinfecting the clothes and the possessions of the prisoners. This too
was done for hygienic reasons. In any case, the many researchers who studied
this issue said that of the several millions who died in the detention
facilities, only 150,000 to 250,000 were Jews. This is a perfectly
reasonable figure out of the total number of victims. There is no need to
focus on this issue, to discuss it separately, or to present inflated
estimates.

TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/Transcript.asp?P1=982 .

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