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Carolyn Yeager: Neo-Nazi and Holocaust Denial Activist

 


Posted: December 9, 2010

Carolyn Yeager is a Texas-based neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier who runs her own Web site. The site is filled with racist and anti-Semitic material, as well as essays promoting motherhood and home-schooling.

 

Neo-Nazi roots

 

From April through August 2007, Yeager was the Texas state leader of neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), a group that descended from the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi group in the country. She also assumed the position of Assistant Editor at the ANSWP's magazine, National Socialist, in July 2007.  In a 2007 profile in National Socialist, she is quoted as praising Hitler, advocating the supremacy of the Aryan "race," and claiming that the Jews' "long-term plan is to drive us off the land and alienate us from our roots so that we will not fight."  In August 2007, Yeager defected from the ANSWP, which has been inactive since its leader Bill White was imprisoned on charges of threatening and intimidating various perceived enemies.

 

Yeager has tried to promote National Socialism to women. On the neo-Nazi White Knights of America Web site, she is the author of a section on "Women and National Socialism." In attempting to win over today's women to a neo-Nazi ideology, she claims that they will not have a second-class status under a National Socialist regime, they will be honored as mothers, and they will find themselves happy to couple with men who are fighting against the extinction of their race. Yeager writes:

 

National Socialism is based on tradition, just as volkish paganism and Traditional Christianity. A National Socialist nation is built on the foundation of the family. At the center of the family are children. Children raised in a family learn what it is to be part of a family, including an extended family. From that, they understand they're part of an even larger unit, a racially homogeneous national family. The woman not only bears the children, but takes on the primary task of raising and teaching them to be healthy and productive members of the nation. In a National Socialist society, there is no higher calling than that of mother. Mothers are honored….

 

Later in the essay, she adds:

It isn't only women who are asked to put the group as a whole before the individual self, for National Socialism asks even greater sacrifice of our men. What woman prefers a coward who buckles to an alien system for temporary safety or benefits, to a partner who is willing to stand and fight for the values and continuing existence of his people?  In the end, the greatest appeal of National Socialism to a woman may be the promise of a heroic National Socialist man as a partner.

 

Holocaust denial

 

By 2009, Yeager was writing for The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial publication published by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto. In the May/June 2009 issue of the magazine, Yeager co-authored an article, "Who Are the Traitors? Frank Talks Inside the Fuehrer's Headquarters Revealed by Hitler Confidant Hermann Giesler." She also authored the book "Auschwitz: The Underground Guided Tour; What the Tour Guides Don't Tell You at Auschwitz-Birkenau, published by The Barnes Review.  In the book, Yeager claims that Auschwitz was not an extermination camp and that Nazi guards looked after the health of inmates.  Reputable scholars estimate that 1.1 million people, 90% of them Jewish, died at Auschwitz.

 

Yeager also has a weekly Internet radio show, "The Heretics' Hour," on Voice of Reason Broadcasting Network, an Internet-based network that features numerous racists and anti-Semites.  Her program is devoted to Holocaust denial and has included interviews with notable deniers such as Friedrich Paul Berg, Eric Hunt, Michele Renouf, and Jim Rizoli, among others.  She authored a critical study on Holocaust survivor Irene Zisblatt that appeared in the "Inconvenient History" blog of the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH), whose mission is to disseminate Holocaust denial to students on college campuses.  Zisblatt's account of survival was first challenged by Eric Hunt, who attacked Holocaust survivor and writer Elie Wiesel in San Francisco in 2007. 

 

Campaign against Elie Wiesel

 

In July 2010, Carol Yeager joined Holocaust denier Bradley Smith, who runs CODOH, to launch a Web site and accompanying email campaign, promoting the claim that Elie Wiesel is a fraud who fabricated his personal account of surviving the Holocaust.  The Web site is entitled "Elie Wiesel Cons the World," with two accompanying mission statements: "A website dedicated to exposing the false testimony of the world's most famous Holocaust survivor," and "A blog dedicated to finding out the truth about Elie Wiesel's tattoo."  Yeager authored most or all of the articles and blog posts on the Web site, and performed the so-called research into Wiesel's past. 


The Web site features analyses of Wiesel's published works, personal documents, and handwriting, as well as of photographs said to depict Wiesel.  Each of these items is said to invalidate, or raise serious questions about, elements of Wiesel's personal history.  Readers are led to believe that Wiesel does not have the tattoo he claims to have received at Auschwitz, that Wiesel's books Night and And the World Remained Silent were not authored by the same person, and that Wiesel has not offered proof that he was imprisoned at either the Auschwitz or Buchenwald concentration camps. 

In September 2010, Carolyn Yeager/CODOH sent an email to Boston University (BU) president Robert Brown raising "questions" about Wiesel's tattoo, the veracity of his biographical claims in contrast to alleged archival documentation, and the authorship of his books.  She also copied the email to a number of university officials, including the members of the Board of Trustees.  Wiesel is a professor of philosophy and religion at BU.  Brown responded with a short email affirming his trust in Wiesel as "a man of integrity [… who] would not stoop to fabrication."  In response, CODOH claims to have emailed student groups and publications, and the local Boston media, in order to air its claims about Wiesel.  

 

In addition, in November 2010, Yeager announced a cash prize "ethics" contest for the students of BU and Chapman University in Orange, California, which asks students to write an essay analyzing "ethical issues" surrounding the veracity of Elie Wiesel's Holocaust experiences.  Wiesel was appointed a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman and will lecture at the school during its spring semesters through 2015. The "contest" raises all of the false charges that Yeager and CODOH use to claim that Wiesel has lied about his experiences during the Holocaust.

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