Break His Bones and Other Efforts (2002-2007)
In October 2002 Smith self-published an autobiographical work entitled Break His Bones: The Private Life of a Holocaust Revisionist, which consists largely of recycled essays on his life, Holocaust denial and free speech that have been available at various locations on the Internet for years. He sought to promote his book through a now-defunct Web site (breakhisbones.com) and ads in campus newspapers. Smith soon reported that many of these ads were being rejected by editorial staff.
Realizing, perhaps, that the agenda of his Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust had become too well-known to allow him easy entrée to campuses and student newspapers, in early 2004 Smith took down the previous Internet home of his Campus Project (at CODOH.org), and started anew with a “Campaign to Decriminalize Holocaust History” (CDHH). With CDHH Smith took his greatest pains yet to portray himself as a free speech advocate. With a dense essay entitled “No one should be imprisoned for writing a book” at their core, Smith's new efforts focused on the legislation that some European countries have enacted to prohibit extremist attempts to deny the Holocaust and demonize Jews. He argued that this legislation turns innocent historians and researchers into “thought criminals” and alleged, based on an obscure paper presented at a 1988 academic legal conference, that such legislation is even now being prepared for enactment in the United States.
Although he announced with much fanfare that he was ending CODOH and launching the “Campaign to Decriminalize Holocaust History” (sometimes rendered the “Campaign to Decriminalize World War II History”), he does not appear to have followed through with the strategy and has retained the former as the name for his website.
In 2004 Smith attempted, with limited success, to bring his newly focused message to college campuses. In several instances he was able to arrange to speak on campuses in Southern California.
Smith also promoted his book through an occasional electronic newsletter, Outlaw History: The Newsletter, which he founded in September 2004, but discontinued shortly thereafter.
In the June 2005 issue of Smith's Report, Smith announced a new project in which he would write a running commentary and journal on his reaction to reading Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Titled “Adolf Hitler and Me: A Work in Progress,” Smith published several chapters of the work in his newsletter but has not updated it since August 2006.
Smith's attempts to articulate his message before college audiences continue, albeit with little success or public recognition. He gave a talk before a philosophy class at Baja, Mexico's Universidad de las Californias in the fall of 2005.
In December 2006, Smith delivered a speech (“The Irrational Vocabulary of the American Professorial Class with Regard to the Holocaust Question”) at a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran sponsored by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The conference, roundly condemned internationally, was attended by David Duke, representatives of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, and scores of other Holocaust deniers. In his address, Smith railed against mainstream professors that refuse to give credence to Holocaust revisionist ideologies.
In his May 2007 newsletter, Smith reports giving an interview to The Spectator, Seattle University's student newspaper, and being approached for an interview by a reporter from San Jose State University's Spartan Daily.
Most recently, Smith released a film in Spanish, El Gran Tabu, with Germar Rudolf and Ernst Zundel. The film, which rehashes Smith's standard repertoire of Holocaust denial, anti-Zionist, and free speech arguments, was screened at the “Corto Creativo 07” film festival in Mexico in June, 2007.