I bumped into Fredrick Toben twice this week. Once when I came across an interview he gave recently to the [Iranian] Fars News Agency, in which he lauded Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for helping promote Holocaust denial. Toben, who has been a hardcore Holocaust denier for decades, even graciously allowed that Ahmadinejad had taught him a thing or two: “I conducted research into the holocaust before the Iranian president [revealed that he was a denier],” Toben said, “but Ahmadinejad…guided me to grasp a correct understanding of this historical lie.”
In the Fars article, Toben presented Holocaust denial as a technique for depriving Israel of its “main tool of propaganda.” This is consistent with the approach taken by many Holocaust deniers in the Arab and Muslim world, who argue vociferously that they are not in favor of Nazis or against Jews; they are merely anti-Zionists. This point was made ad nauseum during the infamous 2006 Tehran Holocaust denial conference convened by President Ahmadinejad’s government, at which Toben was a delegate. [Toben wrote about his experiences at that conference here. He has visited Iran numerous times since then, including as recently as Feb. 2011.]
This leads me to the second time I came across Fredrick Toben this week…when he posted a genuine HITLER VIDEO on YouTube, with the following caption:
“How wonderful to hear such an inspirational political speech and witness the genuine adulation for the Führer. Compare that with the emptiness and hedonistic self-destructive adulation of today’s youths in our free and democratic western world who obtain their inspiration and moral values from rock and sports stars. Note how the predatory international financial system destroys individuals and nations that refuse to submit to the Talmudic-Marxist death dialectic.”
Some folks say that Ahmadinejad should not be taken literally when he says he wants to wipe Israel off the map, that he has no murderous fantasies about Israelis or Jews. I’ll take that argument a little more seriously when Ahmadinejad denounces his buddy Fredrick Toben, the Hitler fanboy.