His wealth of past statements do not leave much room for doubt. The biggest scandal arose in wake of a 1987 interview in which he was asked about the Nazi gas chambers: "I'm not saying that the gas chambers didn't exist. I couldn't see them myself. I haven't devoted any special study to the subject, but I believe it is just a detail in the history of World War II." When asked to elaborate about this "detail" in 1997, Le Pen explained: "If you take a thousand-page book about World War II, the concentration camps would take up two pages and the gas chambers would take up 10 to 15 lines. That's what I call a detail."
12,000,000 people gassed, shot, starved, worked to death, that's a heck of a detail buddy. If this guy is the cure for what's ailing France it seems to me the cure is as bad as the disease.
posted on 04/25/2002 6:02:04 AM PDT
That's a very cold appraisal, but I believe he is looking at WW2 from an overall political-military perspectve. 20 million+ Russians died, a like number of Chinese, the war raged across three continents. I take it that he is saying the Holocuast should not be the main focus of a world war involving a billion people in 30 or 40 nations which killed something like 100 million.
Now perhaps LePen is wrong in his assessment that the Holocaust will only merit a few pages in a 1000 page history of WW2, but perhaps the exact count of pages dedicated to it is also "a detail" as he would say.
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