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The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
© 1978, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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was entrusted by the government with obtaining the instinctive attraction and the financial support of American Jews for Russia at war. The Committee was liquidated after the war; and its leaders, including Bergelson, were shot.

Rassinier did not ask what credit could be given to a propaganda article in favour of a country living through dark hours of its history, nor how a simple journalist could have obtained the information in question during the chaos of the battle of Stalingrad. He did not ask how the Russians could evacuate 80% of the Jews from the Baltic countries which had been cut off from Russia by the lightning advance of the German armies during the first days of the "Blitzkrieg," when the Soviet troops themselves had not the time to save themselves from being encircled, nor to avoid being captured. Instead of taking his information without any discrimination, Rassinier could have read the secret report dated January 31, 1942, of the SS-Obergruppenführer commanding the "Einsatzgruppe A." Important extracts from it were published in French as of 1949 through the good offices of the Center of Contemporary Jewish Documentation (32, pp. 286 287). He would have thus learnt that on the date of October 25, 1941, the number of Jews that had been executed was 123,930 among whom:

In Lithuania 80,311 }
In Latvia 30,025 } + 5.500 liquidated in ther pogroms
In Estonia 474  
In White Ruthenia 7,620  
TOTAL 118,430 + 5,500 = 123,930

Moreover, in Latvia, for example, there were still 28,000 persons in Riga, 24,000 of whom were already shut up in the ghetto. Other ghettos existed "in other cities still peopled by a sufficient number of Jews..." (32, p. 285). And seven months later, in the report dated June 12, 1942, one may read (32, pp. 308 309):

"...After the entry of the German troops, there were still 70,000 Jews in Latvia, whereas the others had fled with the Bolshevik armies that were retreating. (...) Presently, but few Jews, who are employed as specialists, are still in the ghettos. It is a question here of the following figures: in Riga about 2,500; in Dunabourg about 950; in Libau about 300. Leaving these Jews out of account, Latvia has in the meantime been freed of its Jews."

The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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