Bradley Smith has developed a new tactic in his
long-term effort to place Holocaust denial materials in the
campus media. He is now sending a 27 page publication, The Revisionist,
to campus publications for distribution as an insert. Smithís The
Revisionist is made up of repeated denials that gas chambers
ever existed and assertions that there never was a Nazi program
of extermination directed at the Jewish people (and others deemed
While most campus newspapers (including, for instance, those
at the universities of Delaware, South Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia,
Georgia State, Michigan State, Penn State, Millikin, Syracuse,
Rice, Tulane and Queens College) rejected this item, The Chronicle,
at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY included it in its October
28, 1999 issue. The Arbiter, at Boise State University,
on November 17, 1999, became the second campus newspaper to distribute
The Revisionist as an insert.
Along with the insert, Smith continues to submit his most recent
quarter-page ad. Campus newspapers at Iowa State, Ohio-Wesleyan,
Randolph Macon Womenís College, Maine/Farmington, Maine/Orono
and Boisie State (which published both the ad and the insert during
the same semester) have published it.
The text of this new two-column ad is a marked departure from
the more nuanced approach that Smith has used in recent years.
The 1998-1999 ad, for instance, featured a supposed offer of $250,000
(up from the previous yearís $50,000 offer) to anyone who could
arrange a 90 minute, prime-time, nationally televised debate between
Bradley Smith and a representative of ADL. Other ads never used
the word "Holocaust" in the text.
This ad is both direct and blatant. Its themes include:
- A shrill attack on the entire field of Holocaust Studies.
Smith asserts that the field is characterized by anti-German
prejudice and based on forged documents, false testimony, doctored
photos, induced confessions, etc.
- Smith attacks Elie Wiesel as a serial liar and as a proponent
of hatred. The honesty of several other prominent survivors
is impugned as well.
- The claim that Anne Frankís Diary is a "literary production"
and that Schindlerís List was based on a "cheap
- Implying that not a single Jew was gassed by the Nazis as
part of a program of genocide, Smith goes on to question whether
the Nazis committed any crimes that the Republicans and Democrats
have not committed themselves.
- It asserts the bogus claim that the airing of Holocaust denial
propaganda is an issue of fairness, free speech, open debate
and intellectual freedom. These are themes that are calibrated
to play well in a campus community.
- Like the more subtle ads from previous years, it provides
the Internet address of Smithís web site. This web site provides
a massive library of Holocaust denial and blatantly anti-Semitic
materials, deliberately mixed in with a good deal of unobjectionable
material. From this site, an Internet surfer can link into a
grand tour of the hate movement, incorporating everyone from
David Irving and Ernst Zundel to Tony Martin and the Nation
The insert and the ad are designed to do two things. First, Smith
seeks to generate a heated controversy on campus so as to leverage
interest on the part of the general off-campus media, which will
report on the ad in print and broadcast news stories. Second,
he seeks to entice members of the campus and general communities
onto his web site and onto those sites linked to it.