Bradley Smith’s new Holocaust denial campaign

Holocaust Denier Bradley Smith

As sure as the new school year is upon us, Holocaust denier Bradley Smith has begun a new campaign to disseminate Holocaust denial in US colleges. He has been doing this for almost 20 years now. His method is to write up advertisements that promote Holocaust denial and try to place them in college student newspapers.  Why student newspapers? He explained this way back in 1987: “I don’t want to spend time with adults anymore,” he said. “I want to go to students. They are superficial. They are empty vessels to be filled.”

His early ads were large and quite obviously focused on calling the Holocaust into question (here are samples from 1999 and 2000), but increasingly savvy editors rejected them more and more often over the years; now he makes his ads smaller and more stealthy in the hopes that they will slip through the editorial screening process.  Last year he was particularly sneaky, grabbing students’ attention with one that looked like a help-wanted ad. Last year he also started buying ads not in the newspapers themselves but on the newspaper websites.  This tactic actually works even better for him than the print ads, because there is often less editorial supervision of web ads, and because the ads can link directly to his website, where his real poison is located.

This year’s web ad is very simple: A box with the title of one of his early books, Confessions of a Holocaust Revisionist, linking out to the online version of this rambling, bizarre and distasteful text. Smith writes that with one click, students will access his book, and he fantasizes that “with a second click of her mouse of course, [she will access] the full CODOH Website—the library, the Forum, the Founder’s page, and our new page focusing on the fraud surrounding the Elie Wiesel character.” (Yes, Smith has a little side project attacking Elie Wiesel.)

Smith writes, rather pathetically I think, about how wonderful it will be for a student who actually becomes a Holocaust denier as a result of encountering his website:

With Confessions the student will learn that she is not alone in her fear of facing revisionist arguments about the Holocaust story, not alone in her fear of wanting to avoid the contempt of her peers and those in the Ruling Class at her university. With Confessions she will find a 50-year-old man who writes about how he, too, was afraid of discovering a forbidden truth. How he was ashamed of being seen with revisionist materials in his hand at a public event. How the only place where he was willing to look at something written about gas chambers by a “revisionist” was when he was alone, at night, walking in circles in his one-room apartment in Hollywood.

Am I alone in finding this kind of creepy?

So how is it going so far?  A few days ago, Smith reported on his blog that the editorial staff of The Guardian, the student newspaper of UC San Diego, rejected this ad. Let’s hope this will be the start of another lousy semester for Bradley Smith.

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7 Responses to Bradley Smith’s new Holocaust denial campaign

  1. Bradley Smith has been spewing anti-Semitic propaganda for many years. He is not a historian, yet he feels capable of revising history in a way that minimizes the Nazi genocide of Europe’s innocent Jewish population. Responding to him with facts will only result in a vicious diatribe of detritus, attacking the author of the facts, or a torrent of unrelated and inappropriate comments. That Harvard sold out for cash and printed an ad for Smith’s revision of history will remain a black mark upon the institution’s newspaper for years to come.

    Captured German war records prove that millions of innocent Jews (and tens of thousands of others) were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany – mostly in gas chambers. These facts have been proven repeatedly through countless thesis and dissertation research papers. Virtually every PhD in the world will stake their career on these known Holocaust FACTS. Yet, Bradley Smith finds it within his atmospheric ego to create his own version of history. Despite this knowledge, Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. The deniers have only one agenda – to distort the truth in a way that promotes antagonism against the object of their hatred (Jews), or to deny the culpability of their ancestors and heroes.

    Museums and mandatory public education are appropriate tools to dispel bigotry, especially racial and ethnic hatred. Books and films can also establish the veracity of genocides, such as recent Holocaust films. They help to tell the true story of the perpetrators of genocide; and they reveal the abject terror, humiliation and degradation resulting from such blind loathing and prejudice. We must disclose the cruelty and horror of genocide to combat the deniers’ virulent and inaccurate historical revision. By doing this, we protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes.

    Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize genocide we send a critical message to the world. As we continue to live in an age of genocide and ethnic cleansing, we must repel the broken ethics of our ancestors, or risk a dreadful repeat of past transgressions. A world that continues to allow genocide requires ethical remediation. We must show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny’s only hope. Only through such efforts can we reveal the true horror of genocide and promote the triumphant spirit of humankind.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, Jacob’s Courage

    http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/

  2. Jacob Rodriguez says:

    I would simply like to add while you are right about Smith creating his own version of history, and in the fact that he has no right to question what many historians agree is fact, his books have a different message. One that I think he realizes but he picked the wrong subject to promote it. I think he is simply trying to get people to stop taking everything on a first glance. He only wants to be able to question anything without being ridiculed. Free speech is in the Constitution, but why when one person expresses different beliefs than that of the population does he ignorantly get shoved aside, without his view even being considered? It is my opinion that we have become a very narrow-minded society that way. I also don’t think you should call someone a racist or anti-Semitic without really getting to know what kind of person they are. That’s very stereotypical and just plain unfair.

  3. Bradley Smith says:

    Jacob:
    I am not trying to create a new version of history, but arguing that the Holocaust story should be open to free inquiry, a free press, a free exchange of ideas rather than being made a taboo subject by the State/media complex with the professorial class acting out the role of bystanders. Why would it be feared that to question this or that fragment of the Holocaust story would prove to be a catastrophe? For whom?

    • Ben says:

      It would be a tragedy indeed if people could not inquire, write, and think about any historicla subject, but since those things are not the case, they’re also not the reason your kind of Holocaust denial has no traction and my guess is you sort of somehow realize that (distantly). Also, it would be nice if you’d been honest and written “have accepted by the majority as demonstrably false” rather than “question”, and added “this or that fragment=the reasons that the Holocaust never happened”. But it’s a little late for truth from yourself, don’t you think?

  4. Saul says:

    >jews
    >innocent
    >holohoax

    pick one

  5. Black Rabbit says:

    “Galileo was sent to the inquisition for affirming that the earth was a sphere: the government had declared it to be as flat as a trencher, and Galileo was obliged to abjure his error. […] It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

    – Thomas Jefferson, 1781

  6. King Jesus Ali says:

    I don’t know where to start but I can explain a lot about the holo hoax or “hollow” caust. It’s true in my eyes that the holocaust is just propagated series of lies and falsehoods. I believe in free speech, I will use it to tell the truth. I don’t hate Jews but I know Jews are part to blame for the whole thing. There is a huge difference between a Christian- Zionist and a Zionist Jew. I’m not a nazi sympathizer or anti Semite .

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