March 23, 2005

Auschwitz Dwarfs

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In Our Hearts We Were Giants: The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe – A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust is one of the most heart wrenching stories of Holocaust survival and human triumph over pure evil. The seven Ovitz dwarfs were spared from the gas chamber only to become subjects of Dr. Josef Mengele’s scientific atrocities. Somehow they lived through the ordeal. They were the only family to do so. The story comes from first person eyewitness accounts. Authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev were able to interview members of the family, especially Perla who only recently died. The Ovitzes were miraculously saved from the death factory at the last minute by Russian troops and after the war lived as performers in Israel. So why is a review posted on Heretical? At first glance, Heretical looks like an interesting website. A quick scan of contents reveals a mix of humorous material, including an excerpt fromThe Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and episode transcripts of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. On closer inspection, however, these are mixed in with stories about the history of the Swastika and profiles of prominent Nazis including Adolf Eichmann. What at first seems like innocent fun turns grim. One piece after another is an attempt to debunk the Holocaust as “a Jewish conspiracy to persecute Aryans.” On second glance, there is, at the bottom of the Ovitz story, supposedly reprinted from a story in the February 3, 2003, issue of London’s Daily Mail titled “DR DEATH AND THE SEVEN DWARFS; Only one family survived Auschwitz but they paid a horrific price at the hands of the barbaric Dr Mengele,” a disclaimer in smaller type which reads: “while the newspaper article is quoted verbatim, it is presented here ironically, to illustrate typically absurd claims of the hoax.” It comes as little surprise that Heretical butchered the story in an attempt to make it read badly. A quick look at the links page reveals a like-minded network of white supremacist and racist sites. The major standout was The Church of the SubGenius, the conceptual art religion inexplicably mixed in with the rest. What makes Heretical and other sites like it so hard to spot is the political underground’s obsession with crypto-fascism. For every Ed Sanders there are also the David Woodards, GG Allins, Kenneth Angers, etc. It is a unique feature of the political underground that it is entirely amoral. Confrontation at any cost has always been the motto. In “The Aesthetics of Terror,” Adam Parfrey actually proposes that more right wing politics becomes the more imperative it is for radical art to be confrontational. There is much to recommend such thinking. The only problem is it provides great cover for organizations like Heretical.

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