Iran Hosts Anti-Semitic Hatefest in Tehran
Conference Attendees: A Who's Who of Hate
Posted: December 14, 2006
The Iranian Foreign ministry extended invitations to Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites from around the world in convening their Holocaust denial conference, "Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision." The following is a sampling of those haters and others who accepted the invitation to present their views during the December 11 – 12 sessions in Tehran .
Jan Bernhoff (Sweden)
By his own description, after his Masters Thesis on the Holocaust was "met with suspicion and hostility" by his examiners at the University of Lund, Sweden, Jay Berhnoff decided to teach computers at Aso Community College in Stockholm. He entered a cartoon into Iran's controversial Holocaust cartoon contest.
David Duke (USA)
Perhaps America's best-known racist, David Duke was instrumental in the Klan resurgence of the 1970s. He has since continued to propagandize white supremacist views as a frequent political candidate, with a variety of fringe organizations and, in recent years, in Russia, Ukraine, other parts of Europe and the Middle East. At the Tehran conference, Duke's institutional affiliation was given as MAUP, a private Ukrainian university with close links to the Iranian regime and the main publisher of anti-Semitic material in Ukraine. Duke's messages typically include conspiratorial depictions of Jewish power and Jewish hatred for non-Jews, a combination he refers to as "Jewish supremacism."
Robert Faurisson (France)
A former literature professor, Robert Faurisson is one of the most famous Holocaust deniers in Europe. Not content to deny the existence of homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz, Faurisson also claims that the Diary of Anne Frank is a "fraud," that it is "incoherent" and "absurd."
Wolfgang Frohlich (Austria)
A neo-Nazi and former member of Austrian Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party, Wolfgang Frohlich was convicted of inciting racial hatred and defaming the memory of the dead by an Austrian court in 2003 after he wrote and widely disseminated a book called "The Gas Chamber Fraud," in which he argued that Jews had devised the Holocaust story as a means of establishing a "new world order."
Mohammed Hegazi (Australia)
An associate of Fredrick Toben who demeans what he calls the "Holohoax" and presents himself as a champion of the Palestinians, Mohammed Hegazi has called the removal of "Zionist squatters" from the entire land of Israel, and has predicted that if they do not leave they will eventually be killed. He describes suicide bombings as "the noblest form of self-sacrifice" and claims that Australia is controlled by "Jewish supremacists in New York."
George Kadar (USA / Hungary)
Originally from Hungary but a longtime resident of the U.S., George Kadar is an associate of David Duke and a reporter for the anti-Semitic newspaper, American Free Press. He is an active participant in the white supremacist Stormfront electronic forum, and in the late 1990s was a member of "American Spring," a white supremacist, anti-immigrant group.
Richard Krege (Australia)
An associate of Fredrick Toben, Richard Krege claims that his investigation with ground-penetrating radar showed that thousands of Jews were not killed at the notorious Treblinka concentration camp. He spoke at the 2006 Holocaust denial conference sponsored by the U.S.-based anti-Semitic publications, American Free Press and The Barnes Review. He also traveled to Iran in late 2005, where he promoted Holocaust denial at three universities.
Patrick McNally (Japan)
An outspoken believer in a "world Jewish conspiracy" and denier of the Holocaust, Patrick McNally claims to teach at a University in Tokyo. In the past year McNally has claimed that "elite Jewry" planned and executed a "poisonous genocide" against the Iraqi people, "traitorous Jews in high places throughout the White world" provoked the Danish cartoon controversy in late 2005.
This miniscule group on the farthest fringes of Judaism advocates the "dismantling" of the State of Israel until their messiah comes. Members of Neturei Karta have a long record of extremist statements and support for anti-Semites and Islamic extremists.
Michael Collins Piper (USA)
A reporter for the American Free Press, a conspiracy-oriented, anti-Semitic publication published by Willis Carto, Michael Collins Piper has written several books promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including claims that the Mossad was involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination, and that Israel and the American pro-Israel lobby control U.S. foreign policy. He also claims Israel was implicated in the events of 9/11. In 2003, he lectured on anti-Israel and anti-Semitic themes (including the alleged truth of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion) in the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of the now-defunct Zayed Center.
Michele Renouf (UK)
An Australia-born socialite who became a believer in Holocaust denial and a major supporter of disgraced historian David Irving, Michele Renouf, an avowed atheist, nevertheless abhors Judaism. In a 2003 interview she said, "People act as though Judaism is just another religion like Christianity or Islam. It's not. It's a creed of domination and racial superiority."
Bradley Smith (USA)
Though he often tries to present himself as a free speech activist, Bradley Smith has functioned as a propagandist for the Holocaust denial movement since 1983. He achieved his greatest notoriety as the director of the now-defunct Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, whose mission was to disseminate Holocaust denial to students on college campuses. In April 2004 he spoke at a conference organized by the Institute for Historical Review and the neo-Nazi National Alliance.
Georges Thiel (France)
An apologist for Hitler, Georges Thiel claimed in a 2002 pamphlet that the Nazis never had a genocidal agenda against Jews, and that any repression of Jews under Nazi rule was merely a reaction to "the Jewish takeover of the Germany economy after the first World War" and a Jewish "declaration of war" against Germany.
Serge Thion (France)
A French sociologist and associate of Robert Faurisson, Serge Thion has described the Holocaust as a "religion" that was "pushed by Zionists to attract capital, as well as political and military protection."
Fredrick Toben (Australia)
Originally from Germany, Fredrick Toben now lives in Australia where he promotes Holocaust denial and hatred of Jews through his "Adelaide Institute." Toben claims that the Holocaust is a lie devised by Jews but perpetuated by Western nations intent on subjugating Germany and "eliminating Germans as an ethnic group."