I do send a lot of 'reactions' to Dutch newspapers. Often they are refused. In most cases there is a 500-characters limit per reaction.
For some unknown reason the site 'Welingelichte Kringen' does not apply any censorship at the moment.
I got into a discussion with a man who calls himself 'Critical Carl", and as I got the impression that he was informed above average, and willing to learn, I found it usefull to continue the discussion with him.
And it wàs useful: he rightfully showed me that the Elie Wiesel and Primo Levie quotes were taken out of context. ( I always thought that all prisoners in Auschwitz were free to stay behind in the camp and wait for the Russian Liberators. But this probably was not true: only the sick were given this choice. Even the sick often preferred to leave. Nòt because their fear of the Russians (as I was told), but because they feared that they would be killed by the Germans after the group of prisoners had left the camp. )
But after that one item the discussion was no longer useful to me.
The man who calls himself Critical was not interested in new information. He prefers to keep believing what he always believed, even though it is proved wrong.
This reminds me of this quote:
"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow- witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made lear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." - Leo Tolstoy
Well, for people who read Dutch this conversation might be interesting (if they have some time at their hands)