I don’t think the Holocaust is exaggerated, but what I do think is that the Jews get special mention, while the persecution of other peoples is either ignored or less reported.
**Spanish Civil War, **with Catholics persecuted by leftists (from Wikipedia) “The death toll of the clergy alone included 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians, 2,364 monks and friars and 283 nuns, for a total of 6,832 clerical victims.” I don’t know how many lay Catholics were killed.
The Belgians in the Congo -
E.D. Morel estimated that the Congo’s population began with an original 20 or 30 million, and bottomed out at a mere 8 million. Morel, The Black Man’s Burden, 1920, Chapter 9 ("[W]hen the country had been explored in every direction by travellers of divers nationalities, estimates varied between twenty and thirty millions. No estimate fell below twenty millions. In 1911 an official census was taken. It was not published in Belgium, but was reported in one of the British Consular dispatches. It revealed that only eight and a half million people were left.").
Richard Pipes, A concise history of the Russian Revolution (1995): 9 million deaths, 1917-1922 ◦Famine: 5M; Combat: 2M Reds: 1M; Whites: 127,000; ◦Epidemics: 2M; Emigration: 2M; Birth deficit: 14M
Dyadkin, I.G. (Demograficheskaya statistika neyestestvennoy smertnosti v SSSR 1918-1956 ): 56 to 62 million “unnatural deaths” for the USSR overall, with 34 to 49 million under Stalin.
World War II - China: 10.45M; Poland: 5.8M
19 May 2002 San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “January 1942: Japan occupies the entire island. With support from the local people, Australian commandos in East Timor battle Japan. Japanese reprisals kill 60,000 civilians 13 percent of East Timor’s population.”
(China under Mao) Agence France Press (25 Sept. 1999) citing at length from Courtois, Stephane, Le Livre Noir du Communism: ◦Rural purges, 1946-49: 2-5M deaths
◦Urban purges, 1950-57: 1M
◦Great Leap Forward: 20-43M
◦Cultural Revolution: 2-7M
◦Labor Camps: 20M
◦TOTAL: 44.5 to 72M
We hear again and again about the Jews killed in the Holocaust either in documentaries or in movies, but we hear next to nothing about all these other holocausts. I think in part because the American film industry has a lot of Jewish influence, and so the (Jewish) Holocaust gets an inordinate amount of air time.
Marlon Brando apparently made an offensive remark on the Larry King Show some time ago (first I heard of it was tonight as I was doing some research), in which he stated -
“Hollywood is run by Jews; it is owned by Jews–and they should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of people who are suffering. Because…we have seen…the greaseball, we’ve seen the Chink, we’ve seen the slit-eyed dangerous Jap, we have seen the wily Filipino, we’ve seen everything but we never saw the kike. Because they knew perfectly well, that that is where you draw the [line].”
from - rense.com/general21/bet.htm
The Holocaust is not exaggerated. What is under-emphasised is the suffering of so many others, including Christians.
In two millennia of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for the faith, and of these, 45.5 million – fully 65% – were in the last century, according to “The New Persecuted” (“I Nuovi Perseguitati”).
Italian journalist Antonio Socci presented his work today during a conference on “Anti-Christian Persecution in the 20th Century” held at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.
“I handed in the draft of the book in January; since then the martyrdom of Christians has had no letup,” the author noted. “Suffice it to think of what is happening in Colombia and Indonesia.”