Sara Bloomfield, Director
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Main telephone: 202.488.0400
26 March 2014
I have just read the article in The Jewish Daily Forward
titled "Holocaust Museum Turns 20 as Sara Bloomfield
http://tinyurl.com/pubn57n Written by Nathan
Guttman, the article was occasioned by the coming 2014
Days of Remembrance gala to take place throughout
Western culture in late April.
Guttman notes that Deborah Lipstadt, professor of
Holocaust Studies at Emory University, has said that you
are an excellent administrator and "modest enough to not
make a pretense of being a scholar." We have more in
common than I had thought. I'm certainly not a scholar,
and it's good to know that I am not addressing someone
who claims to one. At the same time, we both address
some of the most important matters of this 21st Century.
As lay persons, how do we do that?
In the Forward you are quoted as saying: "We know that
when all the eyewitnesses are gone the (USHMM document)
collection will be the sole authentic witness to the
Holocaust." The implication here is that the survivor
testimony you sponsor at the USHMM is authentic. Because
much of that testimony is intended to illustrate the
criminal monstrosity of Germans, we would both want to
look soberly at what we are told is "authentic." We
share one thing alike, you and me and the scholar. We're
human, so sometimes we are mistaken, and sometimes some
of us are not honest.
To that point, your USHMM promotes on film the
eyewitness testimony of one Filip Muller, author of
"Three Years In the Gas Chambers," and according to
USHMM scholars an "authentic" eyewitness to German
monstrosity. In his book he testifies to collaborating
with Germans as a member of the Sonderkommando in the
extermination of the Jewish people. In one anecdote
promoted by your Museum scholars, Mr. Muller relates how
on some days in the crematoria German doctors would
slice pieces of flesh off still-living Jews and throw
fragments of it into buckets. Because the muscles of
some were still working and contracting, those pieces of
flesh would make "the bucket jump about."
Make the bucket jump about? There on the crematory
floor? I question that. I do not believe you do. I would
ask you why? Because you are not a scholar? If one of
your Museum scholars were to produce testimony from a
Sonderkommando that there were German house flies the
size of horses feeding on the dead at Auschwitz, would
you not question that? Why not? Because you are not a
Do you believe it is anti-Semitic to question Filip
Mueller's jumping-buckets-of-flesh-story? Does my doubt
about the jumping-buckets-of-flesh tale suggest that I
"hate" you, Sara, because you're a Jew? I can get
annoyed with a Jew about this or that, I'm just a guy,
but I get annoyed with my wife sometimes too. Does that
mean I hate my wife? No, Sara. Not my wife. Not you.
In your remarks about the coming Days of Remembrance
2014 you say: "It's really a moral challenge to us to do
more in our own lives when we confront injustice or
hatred or genocide."
Again, I agree with you. I believe you and I have a
moral challenge to confront such hateful (and "stupid?)
accusations as the "jumping-buckets-of-flesh"
testimonies. Such testimony is false, it is unjust, and
it is an open expression of racist, anti-German hatred.
Those who lie about such matters, who promote such lies
and profit by them, are moral criminals, guilty of
everything your Museum stands against. We have to keep
in mind that the moral challenge you speak of is
oftentimes more difficult for some of us than for our
One moral issue the USHMM has chosen to emphasize is the
failure of the Americans to bomb the rail lines leading
to Auschwitz, which theoretically would have saved the
lives of many Jews. I am not aware of anyone at the
USHMM who has addressed the fact that the "Americans"
intentionally burned alive hundreds of thousands of
German children, their sisters and mothers and the
elderly via mass fire-bombings. Do you not see a "moral
issue" there? Does it make a difference for you that
those children were German? Is that not a moral
challenge that should be addressed by your USHMM?
On March 6th, you attended the United States Holocaust
Museum 2014 Los Angeles Dinner. The theme of the event
was, "What you do matters." That's a principled theme.
You have said "our Museum is reaching out to millions
worldwide, one by one, challenging each of us to act."
Sara, why do you not feel challenged to act on the
question of the United States Holocaust Museum
exploiting false eyewitness testimony to condemn
Germans? While you do not originate such false
eyewitness testimony (lies), you do administer their
promotion by USHMM staff and in-house scholars to raise
tens of millions of dollars yearly for your Museum. What
you do, matters.
You have said: "The Holocaust teaches how easily hate
can grow and incubate in a group environment".
https://ushmm.org/museum/about/video/ Does it not
occur to you that the false testimony of the Filip
Mullers and other false "eyewitnesses" to alleged German
actions are expressions of how hate has grown and
incubated in the environment created by your own USHMM?
What you do, and what you do not do, really does matter.
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, California 92143
copying this information to the USHMM and all similar
centers and museums across the country. We are sending
it to press, academics and student organizations
nationwide. This involves considerable expense. We do
not dream of matching the yearly budget of the USHMM,
which is some 50-million dollars, but we do need help.
Your support is essential to this work. Thank you.