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|Joan Giller||August 9th 2016|
Okay. I read all the many articles, critiques, and rejoinders regarding Mr. Black's excellent survey of victimization of Black people (see Nazi Policy and Black Victims--Before, During, and After the Holocaust--from Africa to Berlin to North Carolina), and also Martin Barillas informative report (see Award-winning Historian Innovates Global Conference Call to Answer Reader Questions). I learned an extraordinary amount from Mr. Black's clear and shocking continuity. Clearly, Prof. Best is trying to colour Mr. Black's intent, guessing at his intentions and beliefs. That is not acceptable. Even more unacceptable is the fact that Prof. Best did not even make an effort to join the global conference and ask a question-- or answer one. He therefore insulted all those who could have gained from this event. On the other hand, we see Mr. Black doing something that I see as a first. He actually offered to answer any questions from anywhere in the world. I have read three of Mr. Black's books and I am happy to see this research will yield another.
It seems this is Prof. Best at his worst and Mr. Black at his best.