The following image is widely circulated in many sites on the internet:

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The image claims to show various New York Times articles about the holocaust. The last paragraph of the image says:

Dr. Joseph Schwartz, European director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, estimated today that 500,000 of Europe's 6,000,000 Jews escaped destruction by emigration and that only 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 of Europe's 6,000,000 Jews were now left on the Continent.

Did the New York Times publish such article?

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    IIRC the New York Times has posted articles denying the Nazi holocaust, and Stalinist famines. Keep in mind it doesn't mean those events didn't happen. – Andrew Grimm Feb 10 '17 at 13:57
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    I don't understand the point they're making. I guess they're trying to twist these headlines to support holocaust denial somehow, but I really don't see how? Why would it be remarkable that the word holocaust was used before "the" Holocaust? It's a word used to describe massacres of innocents since the middle ages. Likewise there were 11ths of September before "9/11". Just trying to understand the context of the claim. – user56reinstatemonica8 Feb 10 '17 at 14:32
  • @AndrewGrimm it seems to me that the article in question suggests that four million to 4.5 million Jews had been "destroyed." That hardly counts as holocaust denial. If one wants to argue about numbers, keep in mind that the article was written a couple of months before the end of the war, so the documentary evidence that led to the normally cited figure of six million would not have been fully available. Furthermore, not all of the six million Jewish victims of the holocaust had yet perished. – phoog Feb 10 '17 at 14:44
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    Yes, we could do with a clarification of what is being claimed. Is it that 1,500,000 ish Jews were left in Europe at the end of the war, that 500,000 emigrated or that 5,000,000 emigrated? The last one of those is obviously false, as the quoted newspaper shows. (The holocaust denial implicit in linking all those headlines from a 40 year range together is a different category of horse crap on the other hand) – PhillS Feb 10 '17 at 20:00
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    @PhillS: The question is none of those. This is not a "X said Y. Is Y true?" question. This is a meta-level "X said Y said Z. Did Y say Z?" question. – Oddthinking Feb 10 '17 at 23:21

Yes, the article title was Schwartz Says Only 1,500,000 Jews Are Left In Europe as Result of German Murder. The article was on page 8 of Feb 17th, 1945, issue of the newspaper.

There is also a large collection of Holocaust related headlines available here: https://www.historiography-project.com/lindsey/nyt/index.php

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  • @IlyaMelamed Why did you choose the 14th? – DavePhD Feb 11 '17 at 13:22
  • I misspelled, it's the 17. – SIMEL Feb 11 '17 at 14:37
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    @IlyaMelamed you must be looking forward to Valentine's Day. – DavePhD Feb 11 '17 at 18:07

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