"Six Million" Figure Fabricated Over 100 Years Ago
Most people think that the figure six million emerged during World War II, when it was claimed that Germany killed that many Jews in the so-called "Holocaust." But the magic six-million figure actually dates back to 1900. Here a distinguished educator and historical investigator from Australia shows how this number first appeared in its current mystical configuration, as he presents sequentially items gleaned from articles published in the New York Times.
May 7, 1920: "Jewish war sufferers in Central and Eastern Europe, where six million face horrifying conditions of famine, disease and death."
May 5, 1920: "[T]o save six million men and women in Eastern Europe from extermination by hunger and disease."
May 5, 1920: "Six million starving, fever-stricken sufferers in war-torn Europe appeal to us."
May 3, 1920: "Your help is needed to save the lives of six million people in Eastern and Central Europe."
May 2, 1920: " . . . Six million human beings, without food, shelter, clothing or medical treatment."
May 1, 1920: "But the lives of six million human beings are waiting for an answer."
Dec. 3, 1919: "Nothing on Earth, except a miracle, can prevent the death by freezing and starvation of from five to 10 million people in Europe and the Middle East this winter . . . atrocious Jewish massacre."
Nov. 12, 1919: " . . . tragically unbelievable poverty, starvation and disease about six million souls, or half the Jewish population of the Earth . . . a million children and five million parents and elders."
Sept. 29, 1919: " . . . tragically unbelievable poverty, starvation and disease . . . about six million souls, or half the Jewish population of the Earth."
Aug. 10, 1917: "Germans Let Jews Die. Women and Children in Warsaw Starving to Death . . . Jewish mothers, mothers of mercy, feel happy to see their nursing babies die; at least they are through with their suffering."
Jan. 14, 1915: "In the world today there are about 13 million Jews, of whom more than six million are in the heart of the war zone; Jews, whose lives are at stake and who today are subjected to every manner of suffering and sorrow . . . "
But to go one step further back in time. In 1900, Rabbi Stephen Wise made the following statement for Jewish welfare organizations in the United States: "There are six million living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism." [Editor's italics]
And now you know the reason for the six-million figure.