Sunday, May 9, 2010

North Shore Republican Leader Apologizes for Holocaust/Muslim Terror E-Mail

This past week, Tolbert Chisolm, the Committeeman of the New Trier Township Republican Party sent an e-mail to his membership which compared the Nazi holocaust to the 911 Muslim terror attack in New York.

And then he apologized for sending it.

For the life of me, I can't fathom to whom or for what he was apologizing. You can read the two e-mails in their entireity below and judge for yourself.

Chisum, is best known for being Cong. Mark Kirk's home Committeeman. He also has the peculiar distinction of being well known for having his operatives erect Mark Kirk campaign signs on peoples' lawns whether they asked for them or not, wanted them or not -- and for inventing the novel concept of actually charging people $20 to go to his annual New Trier Township GOP picnic.

In his initial email to party members and area activists, Chisum drew a parallel between the attempts of some to deny the reality of the holocaust perpetrated by the German National Socialists in the 30s and 40s and current attempts to hush up the reality of the September 11, 2001 Muslim terrorist massacre at the New York World Trade Center.

He incorporated standard textbook photos of holocaust victims and a (today seldom seen)photo of the first aircraft crashing into the WTC.

Then he sent another email to his list apologizing for sending the first.

To whom was he apologizing. Surely not to the Jewish community who raised more than $6 million to disseminate such very pictures at the new Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.

To area Muslims for stating an historical fact?

Looks to me like Chisum is acting like so many other milquetoast Illinois Republican operatives. Either afraid of taking a definitive stand on crucial American issues or getting cold feet after the fact in the rare event that they do.

Here is the complete text of New Trier Township Republican Committeeman, Tolbert Chisum's, initial email:


When I was a kid, I couldn't understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why.

General Eisenhower Warned Us.

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:

'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'

This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet.. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while many in the world looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center


because it offends some Muslim???

Do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.

And here is the complete text of his subsequent email apology:

Dear Friends,

I personally apologize to you concerning a recent email sent about a quote of General Eisenhower and the holocaust. I did not realize that this email contained graphic and erroneous information. I will be more diligent in our communication in the future. Please accept my apology. Thank you.

Tolbert Chisum

Was there a need for an apology?

And if so, to whom?


  1. The apology is needed because of "erroneous information," as the UK isn't debating whether or not they should teach the holocaust. Further apology is probably needed for partial plagiarism of silly chain emails, making vague connections between two painful pieces of history that have little to do with each other, and for wasting everyone's time. The apology is to everyone who read his email and everyone who read this story.

  2. Wait a minute. Didn't Michael Savage quote UK press accounts that some local Councils in the UK were considering removing references to the holocaust in their curricula? And how often have Americans seen the videotape of the office workers leaping to their death hand in hand from the WTC? The networks censored that for fear of offending somebody. I don't think the connections are all that vague. Ole Tolbert was probably right the first time around. But then even a broken clock gives you the right time twice a day.

  3. "some local Councils in the UK" =/= "the UK"

    He sent a silly forward suggesting untrue things. People probably complained about it. He apologized to them. No conspiracy to be found here.

  4. I remember those videos of people jumping out of buildings. In fact, on my old hard drive - which hopefully I'll get up and running again - I have pictures of that. I like this picture, which I found just today:

    I'm not sure what Chisolm was apologizing for. Sounds to me like some people were offended by the images of Holocaust victims.

  5. We have politician like this on South Africa. Most notably is Julius Malema who is hell bent on nationalizing everything and will then blame his actions on apartheid.

  6. There are no shortage of American race baiters like Jesse Jackson who point to black crime and black illegitimate births and,rather than work on uplifting their own communities, blame it all on slavery and racism. The Republic of South Africa was once a great country, now is it headed the way of Rhodesia toward becoming a black ruled beggar nation?


Comments invited, however anonymous commentors had better deal directly with the issues raised and avoid ad hominem drivel. As for Teachers' Union seminar writers -- forget about it.