Numerical Holocaust Denial

Udo Voigt, the leader of the (Neo-Nazi) National Democratic Party, recently made a statement saying that he did not believe the number of Jews killed at the hands of Nazis was correct.

“Six million cannot be right. At most, 340,000 people could have died in Auschwitz,” he said in an interview with Iranian journalists.

“The Jews always say: ‘Even if one Jew died that is a crime.’ But of course it makes a difference whether one has to pay for six million people or for 340,000.”

I’m not certain if this is one of those facts that the media is simply getting wrong or if Voigt is speaking of the total numbers killed during the Holocaust and attributing all of them to Auschwitz. Current figures put the total number of Jewish prisoners who died in Auschwitz at 1 million, along with 75,000 Poles, 20,000 Gypsies, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and 10,000 members of other nationalities.†

The Holocaust Encyclopedia, ed. Walter Laqueur (Yale University Press, 2001), p. 44.

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