The only thing worth debating re: the Holocaust was
HOW many of the German people knew it was going on ?
I cannot agree with the above. There are many things to debate about the Holocaust, especially from a Jewish perspective. For example:
-Should Jews visit Germany, buy German cars, etc.?
-Did the Holocaust reflect a momentary oddity in mankind's humanity, or did it reflect a darker side of human nature that society should be aware of?
-Did the Holocaust, and the assistance by non-Germans in Nazi occupied Europe, prove that Jews should have their own country (aka, Zionist Israel)?
-Could the Holocaust have occurred without the two-thousand years of state and Church sponsored anti-Semitism?
-Did the Holocaust show that almost two-thousand years of Christianity's teachings were a failure, in that Germany had the highest culture in nineteenth century Europe by many standards.
-Did the Holocaust show that anti-Semitism is not plain vanilla, but can morph into an obsession that reflects a mental disorder?
Should I continue? Let us just say that for many Jews the Holocaust is not just an old movie that is not worth discussing anymore.
And, regarding whether Germans knew about the cause of the smell from the "smokestacks," or the cattle-cars rumbling here or there, may just be academic, since, for example, Catholic Germans knew that just at the end of the nineteenth century, Bismarck had been anti-Catholic. They were not about to question the Reich and put their own safety in jeopardy, in my opinion. The salient question, in my opinion, is what made Jews so "expendable" to so many in Europe? I do not believe it was a different religion. I believe it just reflects centuries of the culture having demonized Jews as outsiders, regardless of how long they had been in a country. In other words, I believe, if one's ancestors were not part of some pagan tribe that decided to make that country their own, one was just an outsider for ever after. In effect, I believe, the mentality of many Europeans were tribal, without tribal names reflecting an identity.