At the time when the Jewish community is celebrating the holiday of Hannukah and the ongoing clamor from the President of Iran over the “myth” of the Holocaust, a story is being run on 60 minutes tonight that might shed some “evidence” on this “myth”:
(CBS) One man holds his fate in his hands: a list of inmates — his name among them, but crossed off — who were sent to a notorious slave labor camp few ever emerged from. Another holds the very card he signed as a teenager upon his entry to a concentration camp. A third sees a form the Nazis created to track the mail he never received in Buchenwald because the rest of his family had already been murdered at Auschwitz. All three Holocaust survivors are viewing for the first time the records the Nazis meticulously kept on them and 17 million other victims of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Their stories and other revelations from the secret archives previously closed for 60 years are part of correspondent Scott Pelley’s report, this Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on 60 Minutes.
Is there something else that needs to be shown as to the reality of the horrors of those times? How can the decimation of 17 million people be a “myth”? Is there something fundamentally wrong when a story can be misconstrued and facts be rearranged in such a way that they can lead credence to such impossibilities? Just because of a position of power, can a person be assumed to be “correct” just because they claim a “fact”?