On 14 September 2017, The Rev. Fred Nile MLC gave an adjournment speech before the NSW Upper House on the topic of the Holocaust.
Rev. Nile is currently visiting Israel to reaffirm the commitment that the Christian Democratic Party has to the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination. The subject of the Holocaust was also covered in the September 2017 issue of Family World News, a monthly newspaper that is edited by Rev. Nile and which covers topical issues that are relevant to Christians, people of faith throughout Australia, as well as those to whom human dignity and freedom is a value worth fighting for.
An adjournment speech can be made by a member of parliament during a debate held at the end of each sitting day in Parliament. The debate offers an opportunity for parliamentarians to put important issues on the parliamentary record. A copy of Rev. Nile’s adjournment speech is extracted below.
Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE ( 16:20 :23 ):
Tonight I speak about an uncomfortable subject: the Holocaust—the murder of six million Jews. I am raising this issue tonight because in July I had the opportunity to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The museum had a major impact on me. The historical accuracy of its videos, films and other items in that building show people and prove to people that the Holocaust did occur—there are Holocaust deniers. This visit brought back memories to me because in 1992 my first wife, Elaine, and I went to Poland and visited the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Belsen, which were the main Nazi concentration camps. Three million Jews were murdered at the Auschwitz camp.
Not having been there before I had no prior knowledge of what we would see, but in those camps was obvious evidence that the Holocaust occurred. At the end of World War II the SS guards and others ran away, so the buildings were still very much as they were left by the Nazis. At one camp there were big storage sheds on the site and one of those was filled with female human hair. The Nazis cut the hair off Jewish women before they were murdered and used the hair to stuff pillows and so on. There were piles and piles of suitcases. The Jews were taken to the camps in cattle trains and they were given polite instructions so that they were not frightened or alerted to what was going to happen. The SS and others in charge at the camps would say to them very gently, “Put your suitcases here. Remember where you put your suitcase because later you will come back and collect it”. They pretended that nothing was going to happen to these Jewish people, that they were going to go somewhere but they were going to come back later. Obviously, they never came back.
The Jewish prisoners were taken to have a shower, or so they were told. The showers had been fitted out as gas chambers and instead of water coming out of the shower, gas came out and everyone in that shower facility was poisoned by the gas. Later, the Nazis would use Jewish prisoners to collect the bodies, which would be taken to incinerators and turned to ash. They were very powerful incinerators that completely destroyed the bodies so there was no trace of a human being—just ash. We saw lampshades that had been made out of human skin, I assume to amuse the staff at the camp.
As I said, I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington with my new wife, Silvana, in July this year and that brought back all the memories of what I had seen in 1992 in Poland; those memories were still very vivid in my mind. I know there are Holocaust deniers and that sometimes they become infamous. Many countries, such as the United Kingdom, reject them and will not let them in when they want to visit to give lectures on denying the Holocaust. There is an attempt to stop that false teaching by these individuals who must have such a sense of hatred of Jewish people that they would spend their time denying the Holocaust.
I recommend to members a new publication, The Holocaust by Laurence Rees, a very well-written book that goes through the Holocaust in great detail, setting out all the facts. Not all members may have the opportunity to visit the concentration camps that still exist in Poland and this publication explains in detail the facts of the Holocaust through a process of asking questions and then answering them with historical facts and details. As members know, at the end of the war, General Eisenhower forced the German citizens to inspect the camps to see the horror of what had happened. Many said they had never been there before and were not aware of what had been happening, which may or may not be true. I understand that after they inspected the camps a number of senior people, including the mayor and his wife, went back to their homes and hanged themselves in shame at what they had just seen in the camps. May actions like the Holocaust never be repeated.
The DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( The Hon. Trevor Khan ): The question is that this House do now adjourn.
Motion agreed to.
The House adjourned at 16:28 until Tuesday 19 September 2017 at 14:30.
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The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC