Holocaust denial, which its propagandists misrepresent as "historical revisionism," has become one of the most important vehicles for contemporary anti-Semitism. It is the invention of a collection of long-time anti-Semites and apologists for Hitler.
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During the fall semester of 1997, Bradley Smith,
"director" of the self-styled "Committee for Open Debate on the
Holocaust," (CODOH) launched a new salvo in his continuing
propaganda campaign to deny the reality of the Holocaust. He is
attempting to place an ad in college newspapers around
the country that promises $50,000 to anyone "convincing a national
television network to air" a ninety minute video that attempts to
show the universally accepted account of Nazi genocide is false.
The ad is clearly a ploy. Smith must know his money is safe because
no TV network would broadcast such a video.
So why does he go to the trouble?
The answer can be found at the bottom of the ad. "If you are interested
in earning $50,000 . . . you will find the details of this offer
on the World Wide Web" at the CODOH web site. It's the old bait
and switch. Smith, who has announced that he is "taking my show
to the Internet" is trying to entice college students and others
to his web site where he peddles his barely disguised anti-Semitism.
For a long time Bradley Smith has
tried to present himself as an honest chap, a champion of intellectual
freedom simply seeking an "open debate"about the "holocaust controversy
[sic]." But this debate is a sham. The so-called holocaust controversy
does not exist. It is the invention of a collection of long-time
anti-Semites and apologists for Hitler.
"History is far too important to be left to history professors, pundits
and politicians. ... History is power"
Holocaust denial, which deniers such
as Smith describe as Holocaust "revisionism," has become one of
the most important vehicles for contemporary anti-Semitism.
denier strategy is simple and familiar. They distort, even fabricate,
history and then broadcast their creations. They have learned from
Hitler that "a lie is believed because of the insolent inflexibility
with which it is propagated." Smith and his cohorts are engaged
in what historian Deborah Lipstadt has termed an "assault on truth
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