forbidden history: the struggle for truth in history

One myth of our times is that official history is – or even can be – objective and true.  Inconvenient facts are routinely suppressed, trivialized or ignored in official histories.  So much of what passes for “history” is propaganda, even crude propaganda.  The late Dr. Harry Elmer Barnes told his students and readers of the need for bringing history into accord with the facts.  That is the purpose of true historical revisionism: to make historiography objective, factual and true.  We must critically examine what currently is claimed as history to verify its veracity or lack thereof.

In this essay, we offer a number of links to well researched and thought provoking articles on some hot button historical issues.  The reader can choose what to read and what not to read.  As well, each individual will have to decide for him or herself what is the truth.  A discussion about whether humans can recognize truth is a matter for the philosopher (and perhaps for the behavioral social scientist) and not the historian.  We merely present the links and encourage the reader to read them.

 

 

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9/11: We will never know the truth

About the only thing one can say about the official story of the events of September 11, 2001 with any degree of certainty, is that it cannot be the whole truth.  There are too many problems with the official story for it to be the whole truth.  No, this is not a post to promote so-called “conspiracy theories”.  Rather, this is a short essay that questions why the US government will not tell its citizens the whole truth.  Could it be that the US government and its various intelligence services are so inept that these do not know and cannot ascertain the facts in the case?  Alternatively, could it be that the US government and its intelligence complex cannot allow the whole truth and all the inconvenient facts to come out, to be made known to the public?  Or, is a third possibility a combination of ineptitude coupled with the need for secrecy?  Are there dark forces behind the scenes at work here?

 

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military history: Hitler’s blunders cost Germany victory in World War II

Students of military history try to glean lessons from past wars and the major campaigns and battles within those wars.  With all the hoopla over the new movie, Dunkirk, we thought we would share our thoughts from a military history perspective on Germany’s efforts in the Second World War.

These are some of the relevant books we have read that are on our bookshelves (placed on the carpet for purposes of these images).  German generals featured here: Franz Halder, Erich von Manstien, and Heinz Guderian (the “father” of Blitzkrieg).

 

 

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the tabu against questioning the Holocaust

Why can there be subjects of historical inquiry that are off limits?

It is currently illegal in many European nations to question the official or generally accepted account of the holocaust of European Jewry during the Second World War.  This is no distortion nor exaggeration.  European readers are well aware of these restrictions.

Our purpose here is not to dissect the official holocaust story, but rather to question the possible reasons or motivations for restricting objective and open inquiry into the official history of the holocaust, and stifling open discussions of the results of such inquiries that are made.

 

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the ossuary under Paris

An interesting historical item about Paris: beneath the city lies the world’s largest ossuary (a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead).  We only came across this fact quite recently and found it interesting.  Paris cemeteries were emptied of their dead beginning in the 1780s, and their bones were interred in the extensive tunnel system (former limestone mines and quarries) that lies beneath the city’s streets.  Estimates range from 6 to 7 million individuals have had their bones placed in this tunnel network.  We had wondered why in photos of Paris we do not see many tall buildings.  The presence of these extensive tunnels 60 feet below the surface prevents the large, heavy and deep foundations needed for modern sky scrapers.

Below the streets of modern Paris, every day is the day of the dead.

 

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morality: ends and means

The anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany in 1945 prompts us to post these thoughts on means and ends.

If the desired objective to be achieved through action is morally licit, the means employed to achieve that end must also be morally licit.  In other words, the ends do not justify the means.

 

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