to see how the history of the Holocaust is being taught
at CHGS, if at all, we came across this course that is
being taught by Dr.
Director of CHGS, entitled "History
of the Holocaust (JWST 3521)."
The Syllabus of that course is being outlined on a
(whose link to is provided herein,
and also posted by us in here as Exhibit 2)
and, it is the purpose of this section to take a closer
look of that posted course's Syllabus.
presentation of the course begins with this preposterous
motto that says it all (Exhibit 2,¶2):
Holocaust cannot be thought because it cannot
be exhausted by historical narration. It
remains elusive, uncontained, a putative
mystery because the categories by which such
immensities are grasped seem inadequate and
trivial." Arthur Cohen,
a) Let us
from the outset make this point clear: the assertion that
in an academic environment "The Holocaust cannot be
thought," for whatever invoked reason, is not only
utterly absurd but extremely dangerous as it parallels
those "teachings" of the so-called revisionists denying
the existence of the Holocaust altogether. Of course,
those people do not present a "revision" of history, they
in fact deny its existence.
reason invoked in the motto of Dr. Feinstein's
referenced course as to WHY the Holocaust cannot be
"thought" in the academia is that "because it cannot be
exhausted by historical narration" [sic!].
Excuuuse us, but there is any field of learning out there
whose subject has been exhausted in its entirety?
Following this bizarre logic, we need to abandon studying
Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Arts, Medicine,
other academic pursuits because arguably will always be
new things to be uncovered or discovered and thus those
fields of study "cannot be exhausted" by any "narration"
or, for that matter, by anything else.
proclamation that the Holocaust "remains elusive,
uncontained, a putative mystery" is the coded motto of
Holocaust deniers. We respectfully challenge
Dr. Feinstein to face a Holocaust survivor with
those preposterous words and see for himself the response
that he will be getting... Public schools, endowed with
public money, like the University of Minnesota need not
have in their History curriculum this kind of academic
garbage even for a course, like this one, that is being
labeled as not being counted "toward fulfilling the
historical perspectives requirement of the Department of
History." (Exhibit 2,¶1).
Holocaust is anything but elusive or a putative
fundamental understanding of what the Nazi Holocaust
really was, Dr. Feinstein, in describing his course,
made this observation (Exhibit 2,¶4):
only were Jews affected by Nazi policy, but
others labeled "undesirable" or "subhuman"
were also exterminated in this
process--gypsies, political and religious
indeed affected all sorts of groups of people but
political and religious opponents of Nazi's Germany were
never ever part of the Holocaust. This simple but
important point that not all of the Nazi's victims were
victims of the Holocaust, must always be present when one
studies the boundaries of the Nazi policy with respect to
the Holocaust. The Nazi killing machine of the Holocaust,
as currently is being understood, targeted Nazi's
undesirables for what they were (Jews, Romani/Gypsies,
homosexuals, and the disabled) regardless of their
political or religious views as oppose to other victims
of the Nazi regime that were being targeted for what they
did (such as hard-core criminals) or what they stand for
(such as political or religious opponents). Mixing
together, without differentiation, the Holocaust with the
non-Holocaust victims is inadmissible in any serious
course on the history of the Holocaust.
3. To make the
study of the history of the Holocaust as incomprehensible
and confusing as much as possible and in tune with the
stated goals of his course that in fact the Holocaust
"cannot be thought" and that it is an "elusive,
uncontained, a putative mystery," (Exhibit 2,¶5),
Dr. Feinstein goes off on a tangent in bringing into
the foray postwar issues relating to the former
Yugoslavia, to the "famine and politically-linked killing
in Africa and Asia," to the Milwaukee serial killer
Jeffrey Dalmer, and to Raphael Lemkin's "invention" of
the Holocaust word. [By the way, Lemkin coined the
but not 'Holocaust.']
All these "attachments" have nothing, but absolutely
nothing, to do with understanding the history the
Holocaust --the title of Dr. Feinstein's course.
Dr. Feinstein goes on with underlying his utopia
that his course will "make a definitive definitional line
between genocide and Holocaust" (ibid,¶5).
Of course, for that thing to happen, both
Dr. Feinstein and his students must need first have
a clear understanding of the two concepts that are being
compared, genocide and Holocaust.
Stephen Feinstein in his Office
4. At the end of
the cited ¶5, Dr. Feinstein, continuing with the
outline of his course, noted:
the word "Holocaust" for events other than
the destruction of the Jews banalizes this
and other events."
on its face, is utterly absurd. Why in God's name, the
word "Holocaust" is being banalized when its full meaning
is being revealed? Surely, Dr. Feinstein must be
aware by now that asides from the Jewish Holocaust (that
is referred as the Shoah), we have the Romani/Gypsy
Holocaust (that is referred as the Porrajmos), the Gay
Holocaust, and the Holocaust of the Handicapped and the
Disabled (that is referred as the T4
Feinstein's lack of fundamental understanding as to who
were the victims of the Holocaust can further be seen, in
full magnification, when in the 2nd assignment Week 11
he intertwines the victims of Nazism with the ones of the
victims of Nazism: Gypsies, question of
victimization of the Poles, Homosexuals,
Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses,
victims of the Holocaust were also victims of the Nazism
but the reverse is not true. While the Romani/Gypsies and
the Homosexuals were victims of the Holocaust, the
(non-Jewish) Poles, Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and
the (Catholic) Priests were clearly not. That course on
Dr. Feinstein has taught for at least 10 years in the
same identical "frozen" format (see, if you will, this
must itself become history as it is a blatant assault on
both History and the Holocaust.