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February 23, 2016 76

Holocaust Denier Bradley Smith’s Legacy of Lies

Holo­caust denier Bradley Smith, the founder of the Com­mit­tee for Open Debate on the Holo­caust (CODOH), died on Feb­ru­ary 18, 2016, his 86th birth­day. Smith’s last­ing impact is appar­ent in his peers’ reac­tion to his death – and in the con­tin­ued efforts of the orga­ni­za­tions he cre­ated to pro­mote dan­ger­ous Holo­caust denial the­o­ries. Smith’s acolytes and fel­low Holo­caust deniers rushed to eulo­gize him in the days fol­low­ing his death.bradley-smith-report-logo

Smith was one of the orig­i­nal Holo­caust deniers – an aging group that included Willis Carto, who died in Octo­ber and was buried in Arling­ton National Ceme­tery in Feb­ru­ary amid con­sid­er­able con­tro­versy. Smith denied every fact about the Holo­caust: He dis­counted the num­ber of mur­ders, he dis­missed the gas cham­bers as “false,” and he ques­tioned the exis­tence of a planned “Final Solution.”

Smith had an eclec­tic, lit­er­ary – even pro­gres­sive – young adult­hood, and did not engage in so-called “revi­sion­ism” until he was nearly 50, when he read a copy of Robert Faurrison’s “The Prob­lem of the Gas Cham­bers.”  The pam­phlet, as Smith recalled in his mem­oir, “Con­fes­sions of a Holo­caust Revi­sion­ist,” changed his life. From that moment on, Smith’s Holo­caust denial was absolute – he refuted every piece of evi­dence that was pre­sented to him, from eye­wit­ness tes­ti­mony to pho­tographs of the con­cen­tra­tion camps to his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments – and he was deter­mined to share his new beliefs widely, espe­cially on col­lege campuses.

David Cole, who also pro­moted Holo­caust denial on cam­pus in the 1990s, wrote this about Smith: “…He made his mark. Whether they know if it or not, those today who cam­paign for free speech on col­lege cam­puses… all use tech­niques Bradley helped pio­neer. Cam­pus news­pa­per ads dis­guised as op-eds, cal­cu­lat­edly provoca­tive speak­ing tours, pit­ting stu­dent ide­al­ists against ide­o­logues… Bradley did it first.”

From 1987 to 2001, CODOH ran the Cam­pus Project, Smith’s attempt to fuel Holo­caust denial on uni­ver­sity cam­puses by plac­ing essay-length ads in more than 350 stu­dent news­pa­pers. Smith’s efforts set off heated First Amend­ment debates nationwide.committee-for-open-debate-on-the-holocaust-codoh-logo

In his homage to Smith, Holo­caust denier Arthur Butz, a pro­fes­sor of elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing at North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity and author of “The Hoax of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury,” wrote of CODOH: “I call it a great suc­cess, because [Smith’s] kitchen-table oper­a­tion has grown into the prin­ci­pal cen­ter of revi­sion­ism, pub­lish­ing, post­ing or link­ing to arti­cles in sev­eral lan­guages and pro­vid­ing out­lets for peo­ple who make wor­thy con­tri­bu­tions… Con­grat­u­la­tions and R.I.P., Bradley, for a life that made a difference!”

Holo­caust denier Ger­mar Rudolf, a long­time Smith col­lab­o­ra­tor, added these words of praise: “Bradley’s legacy is mon­u­men­tal. Among revi­sion­ists, there are few who have achieved as much as he has… He almost single-handedly made his own nation lis­ten to the revi­sion­ist mes­sage, in spite of all estab­lish­ment attempts to silence him.”

Smith’s impact reached beyond his peers to every­day “revi­sion­ists.” On the day after his death, an anony­mous com­menter posted con­do­lences on the CODOH web­site:  “Though I never knew him per­son­ally, I have read a bit of his work… May he rest well know­ing that he lived a accom­plished life fight­ing the wicked goliath that sends waves of prop­a­ga­tion far…”

In recent years, Smith seemed deter­mined to con­tinue his work – and shore up his hate­ful legacy. In March 2015, he announced the cre­ation of a new Holo­caust denial web­site, A Light on Cam­pus, which fea­tures the tagline: “As a stu­dent, with regards to the Holo­caust nar­ra­tive, you are being directed by aca­d­e­mic taboo rather than intel­lec­tual free­dom and a free press. Do you want to con­tinue to sup­port this taboo, or con­front it?”

Even in the week lead­ing up to his death, Smith was mak­ing noise: On Feb­ru­ary 10, 2016, Jew­ish stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Ver­mont received an email ques­tion­ing the record keep­ing at Auschwitz and claim­ing that one of the camp’s cre­ma­to­ri­ums was con­structed after World War II. The mes­sage was signed by Bradley Smith.

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July 29, 2013 2

Bradley Smith Targets Holocaust Education At Georgetown

Holo­caust denier Bradley Smith, founder of the Com­mit­tee for Open Debate on the Holo­caust (CODOH), has reached out to George­town Uni­ver­sity to “inform” them that the university’s Jan Karski Insti­tute for Holo­caust Edu­ca­tion is pro­mot­ing Holo­caust myths for finan­cial gain.

In a let­ter to Georgetown’s pres­i­dent, Smith claims that the Insti­tute for Holo­caust Edu­ca­tion is merely the money-making ploy that cel­e­brates the “bloody vengeance wreaked on Ger­mans and Ger­many for lo, these 68 years so far, with no end to the gore-worshipping fes­tiv­i­ties yet in sight.”

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He claims to be send­ing the same infor­ma­tion to “hun­dreds” of stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions and “other cam­puses and venues.”

In an inter­view on the anti-Semitic online radio pro­gram “Sat­ur­day After­noon with Car­olyn Yea­ger” on The White Net­work, Smith claimed that he is tar­get­ing George­town because the aca­d­e­mics there “are over­whelm­ingly Gen­tile and Chris­t­ian and we are try­ing to find out if any of them have the sim­ple decency…to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the mate­r­ial that we will give them.”  The White Net­work describes itself as “Whites talk­ing to Whites about White interests.”

Smith explained his strat­egy to Yea­ger, a fel­low anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, say­ing that Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties, as well as the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and media out­lets, have been “totally taken over” by Jews and the Jew­ish lobby. How­ever, this sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol is par­tially the fault of Gen­tiles who “are will­ing to go against the truth to please the Jews.”

When asked if he believes the Holo­caust is pro­moted through a Jew­ish con­spir­acy, Smith replied that it’s “not a con­spir­acy. It’s a project. It’s wide open.”

Bradley Smith is most noto­ri­ous for plac­ing ads in col­lege news­pa­pers encour­ag­ing stu­dents and pro­fes­sors to ques­tion the Holo­caust. In addi­tion to espous­ing Holo­caust denial through CODOH, Smith also started a web­site with Yea­ger. She cur­rently runs a site called “Elie Wiesel Cons the World,” which asserts that it is “ded­i­cated to expos­ing the false Tes­ti­mony of the world’s most famous Holo­caust survivor.”

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