CSA Interim Steering Committee (CCTC) Chair Ron Seymour says he’s sorry for comments he made recently regarding the Holocaust. I am certainly not a member of the CSA but I am a big fan of Mr. Seymour’s blog and I’m personally relieved to know that he apologized. It’s disappointing, however, that he didn’t go further and admit that, in fact, he’s not always a fan of my blog on behalf of the CSA and has distanced himself from my assertion that he gave us only a one percent chance of success. That’s not exactly what I stated. He did say, however, that he’s been burned with our opposition to illegal gold recovery in May 2017, an argument I respectfully disagree with and apologize for, although I do wish him luck in finding a position that both sakes his principles and backs his argument.
Here is the apology (I’ve added a colorful quote):
A thoughtful comment about the Holocaust caused me some embarrassment recently. I greatly regret how this error might have put into the minds of people who might not otherwise be aware of my views.
Mr. Seymour was reacting to an article by high profile “Ex-Nazi” Heinrich Boll, the “ex-commandant” of the Zyklon B factory in occupied Poland. In October of this year Boll published his autobiography, “Ingenious Guts”. The subtitle of this book is “war to come: how I did my part in the Holocaust.” Broll reports writing in the desert that “I was happy to have taken part in the Destruction of the Soviet Union and the subsequent Red Terror”, and that, “I am proud to have delivered over a million inhabitants of German towns into the hands of the Proletarian Red Army”.
In his book Boll also reveals he worked alongside – not inside – an SS guard nicknamed “Blood and Fire.”
The quote that I objected to was from Boll’s sister, Madeline Kern, who said she wants to meet the Hitler Youth battalion that “kept us safe when he attacked Russia.” As a Jewish person and survivor of a concentration camp, I profoundly feel a deep need to respond to this statement. I cannot begin to forgive what happened to those who lived under the Third Reich. My nieces and nephews, the grandchildren of people who survived the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau, are a part of my life and experience of the Jewish tragedy. Their inevitable political differences and their “fears” of a literal attack on Israel make them completely irrelevant in my personal experience with the Holocaust. We must, as a civilization, recognize and act to prevent future Holocausts.
Any notion that my position on the Gold Fleet could be put into the minds of people who, by and large, would never read my blog and thus wouldn’t have even a chance to judge for themselves falls far short of the truth. A 25-year old Cologne student read one of my posts as, “anyone would probably understand” that finding German gold would have been an impossible task, especially if they were sent to the US (that is what the German Navy’s policy was). She found out that I am anti-Gold Fleet and never saw a comment that I supported the practice.
My personal line in the sand on the Gold Fleet came in 2010 when I wrote “Exactly one percent of the remaining fragments of gold belonging to Jewish Holocaust victims are in the possession of American museums. Why does the CSA (US based) still want to take over the Nazi gold task force and I’m afraid so is the US Administration”. I can see where some people might think that post made me and the CSA insensitive. However, I made clear that that was not my view at all and that mine was a desire to preserve the memories of those affected by the Nazi holocaust.
My position on the Gold Fleet is as clear as crystal – 100 percent of the remaining inventory should go to the museums in the US and the rest to the Holocaust Compensation Trust in Germany. The contemporary view that “Junk” should remain at US hands perpetuates the Western lie that there was anything to the Holocaust.