Is a Holocaust Denial Site?

(Guest Post)

There’s some debate online whether Gen Baugher is or isn’t a Holocaust denier. To recap for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Generose Bogler Baugher is a California woman who takes a lot of photos. She’s visited a number of concentration camps and Holocaust related sites and her photos get sourced to a lot of other websites and on Wikipedia. Baugher formerly worked as an executive recruiter but she’s retired now and that gives her more time to run her site.

The name Scrapbookpages is innocuous and Gen Baugher’s initial descriptions seem impartial at first glance. When she takes issue with technical details, she does it in an unemotional voice. The juicier stuff appears in her blog which she runs as Further Glory where Holocaust deniers get quoted and in the comments she makes it clearer what she’s about.

Unlike most Holocaust deniers, Gen Baugher doesn’t openly present herself as a skeptic. Baugher poses as a source of information, including photos and her own commentary, where the denial comes in. Baugher doesn’t take a flat “Holocaust never happened” approach, instead she chips away at detail after detail, focusing on whether Jews were actually being killed as part of an extermination program or were just there as a compulsory labor force. Mixed in is a lot of commiseration about the plight of German civilians.

Is Gen Baugher a bigot? That’s harder to say. Holocaust denial attracts two types, bigots and kooks. There’s the David Duke types and the David Icke types. People who make a habit of being amateur skeptics and subscribing to conspiracy theories treat Holocaust denial as one more conspiracy by the man to pull the wool over their eyes.

Gen Baugher’s alternative health interests are an argument for kookery and she’s controversial in those circles too. But she also has a background in internet trolling on the newsgroup for the predictable reason and used racial slurs there and she was being accused of denying the Holocaust then back in 1996. Baugher’s MO then was the same. A detached impersonal voice that lent authority to her dubious claims cherry picked from even more dubious sources. And then the mask comes off.

Baugher also participated on alt.politics.nationalism.white and alt.politics.white-power. Most of it is gone now so there’s no way to know what Gen Baugher commented on “How to spot a Jew”. But what does survive has that same cagily creepy odor to it. There’s some German nationalism, some thinly disguised racism and anti-semitism. After her obsession with the Simpson case and a few other sensational crime cases, her focus has stayed with the Holocaust. Who knows why.

Baugher is German-American, but her parents were Americans, not Nazis, though their sympathies during the war are unknown, and they identified with their German heritage. She doesn’t like most minorities, is ill and has a lot of time on her hands. She might have gone into JFK conspiracy theories, instead she plays with Holocaust denial.

That’s her business, and it’s a free country, but the way she goes about it is dishonest. Someone like Toben is open about what he is but Baugher puts on a reasonable front that makes it easier to fly under the radar and embed her agenda. She’s a bigot and a kook, but her initial approach is innocuous enough that many sites don’t notice and treat her content as legitimate.

The internet is full of things, good and bad. The only real crime is misrepresenting your agenda. Gen Baugher is a denier pretending to be an amateur period historian.

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