In January 2009, Bradley Smith embarked on a new campaign to place Holocaust denial ads in college newspapers. His ads suggest that scholars cannot provide the name of even one Holocaust victim along with proof that s/he was killed in a gas chamber. Youngstown State University's The Jambar published his ad on January 29, 2009.
Smith's ads in college newspapers follow earlier efforts in which he contacted academics, challenging them to name, “with proof,” one Holocaust victim killed in a gas chamber. Despite having emailed numerous scholars, Smith received very few responses and no public attention. Smith's new ad suggests that the lack of responses somehow implies that there is no proof of the execution of even one Holocaust victim by lethal gas, and that therefore the Holocaust is a fraud.
It is not surprising that reputable scholars have not engaged Smith on a question that can be answered by a trip to any public or university library, or the websites of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, or the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. It is also hard to imagine that any standard of “proof” would be acceptable to Smith, who has already rejected eyewitness testimony, Nazi confessions, period documentation, and scholarly studies.