The gas chamber of Bergen-Belsen 

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Belsen Was A Gas

Belsen Gas Chambers

Yorkshire Evening Post -Tuesday 13th November 1945

Just a bit of fake news from 1945. I’ve found several articles alluding to gas chambers in Belsen. Most of the stories carry the suggestion of Belsen gas chambers in the heading but then the articles only refer to the alleged gas chambers at Auschwitz. It is easy to see how in the minds of the general public the belief that every German concentration camp had a gas chamber came about. But hey, fake news has never hurt anybody has it?

Here’s a Wikipedia quote on Belsen (I know Wikipedia is an untrustworthy source but people often refer to it)

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Someone even wrote a song about it

In response to a comment below here are more examples of allusions to Belsen and gas

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 24 September 1945 belsen gas

Lancashire Evening Post – Monday 24 September 1945

Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 22 September 1945 belsen gas

Liverpool Daily Post – Saturday 22 September 1945

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Thursday 21 belsen gas

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail – Thursday 21 

There’s plenty of other examples but I’m sure you’ll get my drift. This is misinformation and black propaganda popularised by the media of the time.

James O’Brien’s Worrying Theory On The Rise Of Holocaust Denial

James O’Brien’s Worrying Theory On The Rise Of Holocaust Denial

http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/james-obrien-worrying-theory-rise-holocaust-denia

It is hardly surprising that so called “Holocaust denial” will rise with social media. When someone can communicate a convincing proposition that can stand up to scrutiny against a belief system based on rumour with no hard physical evidence and can only survive due to censoring detractors then it will spread. Until they censor it or outlaw dissension. 

Six Million Jews Leitmotif

Irish Independent - Friday 24 February 1905
Six Million Jews

Irish Independent – Friday 24 February 1905

Well, well we have it all here. One could almost believe some of the conspiracy theorists judging by the commentary in this article…… Financial, journalistic??? and backbone of “Russian Socialism” (I think they later called it communism but I’ll have to fact check that). I think there could be a theme running here.

Text reads.

organisation in Germany, Franco, and Austria. The Jews have good cause to hate Russian rule, and it is from this race in its financial, journalistic, and other strongholds in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and London that the Tsar’s Government has to meet its strongest and most resourceful foes. There are upwards of six million Jews in Russia. They are rightly discontented at the exceptional laws in operation against them. They are the backbone of what is termed Russian “Socialism,” and until Russian rulers learn the wisdom of justice in the treatment of alien races under their dominion, the Jews of Russia and of the world will continue to be the most vigilant and aggressive opponents of Russian I government_ and of its credit and policy, line the ranks of its many assailants