Introduction To Töben
No event of any significance in the world – be it terrorist attack, death of a celebratory, or flu pandemic – takes place without generating a flutter of conspiracy speculations.
We all know at least one person who believes the 9/11 attacks was orchestrated by the American government, that the moon landings were faked, or that vaccines cause autism and pharmaceutical companies are trying to hide it. As unpleasant and potentially dangerous a belief in one or more of these conspiracies can be they do, for the most part, come from a natural human desire to find an explanation for what appears to be unexplainable. However, there are times when an event is so well documented, articles are so well persevered, and understanding of what happened does not require specialised skills or knowledge, that a belief in a conspiracy theory comes from a very different place.
Some believe in certain conspiracies, despite what the evidence says, because they find comfort and security in them as they would prefer to live in a world where everything is orchestrated by shadowy figures because at least then there is some form of control. Others like the sense of power it gives them as they are the holder of privileged knowledge – a feeling they might not be getting in their real life. However, there are certain conspiracy theories that come from a much darker place. Where people bend reality to back up and justify their dislike or even hatred towards a certain group of people – and there is no better example of this than those who distort or flat-out deny the facts of the holocaust.
And on that note I would like to introduce you to Gerald Fredrick Töben.
Töben is a German-born Australian citizen who was the director and founder of the Adelaide Institute, which is considered to be a Holocaust denial group. However, Töben and his associates say they are not “holocaust deniers” claiming that they cannot deny that which never happened, and prefer the term “revisionists”. The activity of the institute has been on the decline since the mid-90s, however, they still maintain a website. Töben is also quite active, despite no longer being the head of the institute, after he was incarcerated after failing to remove material from the institute’s website that vilified Jewish people.
In 2006 Gerald attended the “International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust” in Iran. The conference was organised by Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and apparently was “neither to deny nor prove the holocaust…[but] to provide an appropriate scientific atmosphere for scholars to offer their opinion in freedom about a historical issue”.
Want to see what passes for a scholar at the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust? Luckily for us, Töben published a film back in 2004 which he shot in 1997 where he outlines what he believes really happened during the war.
Please note that this video may not be available in your country.
The video is called (Banned in Europe!) Exposing the Holocaust hoax zionist WW2 Lies….at least that’s what the name of the video I found was called. The actuall name for the…..documentary (it doesn’t feel right calling it a documentary) is Judea Declares War on Germany. The documentary is just over one hour long and mostly consists of video clips from Töben’s visit to Auschwitz and Dachau, as an unknown Australian narrates over the top. The documentary takes its name from the title of an article published in the British newspaper. The Daily Express, which was on the subject of the Anti-Nazi Boycott of 1933 where German products were boycotted in protest of the treatment of the Jews of Germany by Hitler’s Nazi party. But that’s not the story you hear in the documentary….according to the video, the reason they named it this is because zionists wanted to destroy Germany, and this predates any systematic hostility towards jews.
This is not the first, nor is it the last time, that Töben gets the timing of events wrong. The documentary is littered with temporal mistakes which are quite clearly deliberately done to mislead the viewer. One of the first examples of such a mistake is when Töben tries to justify Germany’s invasion of Poland.
Bloody Sunday and the Polish Atrocities Against the German Minority
Like with the real title of the documentary, “Judea Declares War on Germany”, Töben is trying to boil down a rather complicated historical event to a simple sound bite. This time, that Hitler had no choice and he had to invade to protect his people from the polish authorities who were organising and/or tolerating violent ethnic cleansing of Germans living in there. The event which Töben believes was the catalyst for the invasion happened on 3rd-4th September, 1939, in the city of Bydgoszcz. There, a large number of the city’s ethnic Germans were killed by the Polish in, what is now known as, Bloody Sunday.
The term “Bloody Sunday” was created and supported by Nazi propaganda officials who wanted to exploit the event to try and gain support for the German invasion of Poland. Goebbels’ propaganda ministry estimated that just under 5.8k Germans has been killed during Bloody Sunday, but later on increased their estimate to 58k…a number which was published in “Polish Atrocities Against the German Minority in Poland”, which convinced more Germans for the invasion and generated more hatred towards the Poles. Töben, seemingly unaware, uses this same Nazi propaganda to try and justify the invasion and even goes so far as to promote the book, “Polish Atrocities Against the German Minority in Poland”.
For Töben’s story to work, you have to ignore the fact that Hitler’s Germany had already begun to expand into different countries prior to the invasion of Poland. In 1938, they annexed Austria followed by occupying Czechoslovakia, all without igniting hostilities with the major powers. Hitler was hoping to do the same with Poland, but was worried that the USSR would come to Poland’s aid and therefore, on August 23, 1939, signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union. Hitler then gave orders for the invasion of Poland to take place on August 26th, but the day before, delayed the attack after he learned that Britain had signed a new treaty with Poland, promising military support should it be attacked. In response, the Nazis staged false attacks on themselves to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany, using innocent people or concentration camp prisoners. This false flag nazi project was even given a name – it was called Operation Himmler after the originator, Heinrich Himmler. It was hoped that this would be seen as provocation for invasion and would prevent or obstruct any British intervention.
Regarding Bloody Sunday, there is still some debate on what actually happened, but the general idea is that Polish soldiers were attacked by the German minority, who then retaliated – killing many. There is still some discussion about the actual number of ethnic germans who died, putting the number between 300-400 – well below the 58k number published in “Polish Atrocities Against the German Minority in Poland”.
But why would the German minority attack polish soldiers?
Months prior to the 1939 invasion of Poland, thousands of polish Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans), both inside and outside Poland, were being secretly prepared for guerrilla and sabotage operations by the Breslau office of the Abwehr, the purpose of which was to provoke anti-Volksdeutsch reprisals that also could be claimed as provocations by Berlin.
But all of this is irrelevant because Bloody Sunday happened between 3rd-4th September, and the invasion of Poland began on the 1st September. Unless Hitler was some kind of time traveler or clairvoyant and saw the future, Töben’s story falls apart.
It is quite clear, even at this early stage in the documentary (we have only covered a fraction of the things mentioned in the first fifteen minutes), that Töben is trying to rewrite history and, not only cast a shadow on the events of the holocaust, but also expunge Nazi Germany from any wrongdoing. For example, he talks about Bloody Sunday, but never mentions what happened after, when a number of polish civilians were indiscriminately executed by the German military in retaliation.
The following is from the interrogation of an Erich M, a former member of EK 1/IV, regarding “reprisals” in Bydgoszcz.
According to German historian Christian Raitz von Frentz, 876 Poles were tried by German tribunal for involvement in the events of Bloody Sunday before the end of 1939. This is where the following famous photograph of 6 polish men, moments before death by firing squad, comes from. Made famous because of the range of emotions on the condemned faces.
None of this makes it into Töben’s documentary because Töben does not care about historical accuracy. Töben cares about pushing his warped fairy tale where Nazi Germany did nothing wrong and, as we will cover in later blog posts, that no Jews were gassed in the holocaust.