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A look at Hitler

Dear Editor:

None can dispute that we live in uncer­tain times. Fortunately, residents of the Roaring Fork Valley, through the occa­sionally comprehensible passages in the letters of John Hoffman, have a means of keeping rooted in reality. Mr. Hoffman has the distinction of being the local lit­mus test for truth, fact, evidence and reali­ty. He consistently supports the films: “Loose Change” and “In Plane Sight” (authoritatively disproved 9/11 conspiracy theories), and “Judea Declares War on Germany: A Critical Look at WWII” (a grossly inaccurate attempt to disprove the Holocaust, the most widely documented event in human history). Let’s not forget the most important scientific finding: The sky is falling on the flat Earth around which the entire universe revolves. His fanatical adherence to fringe theories, which share the common thread of having no basis, in fact enables us to deduce that if he is supporting something, we need merely to believe the opposite to arrive at the truth.

Were he to actually read for compre­hension rather than reflex, he would have discovered that in 1933 the words “Jews,” “Germans” and “boycott,” in proper con­text, referred to the German boycott of Jewish shops. For him to even refer to “Judea Declares War on Germany: ACrit­ical Look at WWII” as an example of his philosophy of love and hate proves that he hasn’t the ability to differentiate between thought, perception and feelings. For him to state that the Jews declared war on Ger­many in March of 1933 and that was the impetus of the German persecution of the Jews, would imply that it actually occurred, that there was equal culpability on the part of both sides and that he tacitly supported the actions of the S.S., S.A., Gestapo, Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe to respond to a mere boycott by first strip­ping the rights of citizenship of German Jews, then rounding up, slaughtering, and finally cremating or burying 6 million German, Polish, Lithuanian, etc. Jews in mass graves.

Acursory examination of chapter 11 of Hitler’s self-aggrandizing magnum opus, Mein Kampf, published in 1925 (just to help Mr. Hoffman out; 1925 was before 1933) would reveal how Hitler felt about the Jews. Additionally, in Hitler’s own words in 1922: “Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gal­lows built in rows ” at the Marienplatz in Munich, for example ” as many as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged indiscriminately, and they will remain hanging until they stink; they will hang there as long as the principles of hygiene permit. As soon as they have been untied, the next batch will be strung up, and so on down the line, until the last Jew in Munich has been exterminated. Other cities will follow suit, precisely in this fashion, until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews.” This was not yet the “Final Solution,” but he hadn’t really grasped the enormity of the task at that early stage.

I realize that thinking is difficult and sometimes painful, but I wish to offer Mr.

Hoffman all possible encouragement in gaining the fundamental reasoning skills that most rational people take for granted.

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