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July 5, 2012 0

Iran Media Uses Erroneous But Widely Circulated Holocaust Myth To Deny Authenticity Of The Holocaust

A Iran­ian news web­site sym­pa­thetic to the regime in Tehran pub­lished an arti­cle deny­ing the Holo­caust by point­ing to an erro­neous Holo­caust story that claims the Nazis man­u­fac­tured soap from their Jew­ish vic­tims. For this web­site, Mashregh News, this dubi­ous story was all the evi­dence needed to prove that the Holo­caust is a myth and that it must be exposed as a his­tor­i­cal falsity.

The arti­cle is an exam­ple of an often-used tac­tic by neo-Nazi groups and promi­nent Holo­caust deniers. By their logic, if the soap story is a fab­ri­ca­tion, con­se­quently all his­tor­i­cal facts con­cern­ing the authen­tic­ity of the Holo­caust are noth­ing more than “Jew­ish myths” pro­moted by an “inter­na­tional Jew­ish organization.”

The cur­rent Iran­ian regime is no stranger to Holo­caust denial. Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad has called for “experts” to inves­ti­gate the verac­ity of the Holo­caust. In Decem­ber 2006, Iran played host to a Holo­caust denial con­fer­ence, “Review of the Holo­caust: Global Vision,” which was attended by a diverse group of anti-Semites, includ­ing neo-Nazi, rad­i­cal anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists, and Islamic fundamentalists.

One month prior, Iran’s Cul­ture Min­istry hosted a car­toon con­test that sought entries derid­ing Jews and mock­ing the Holo­caust. The win­ning car­toon was sub­mit­ted by a Moroc­can artist who depicted Israelis con­struct­ing a wall around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, with the pan­els of the wall reflect­ing an image of the infa­mous rail­way lead­ing to the gates of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Although Mashregh News is not directly affil­i­ated with or run by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, it nonethe­less staunchly pro­motes the government’s ide­ol­ogy and fea­tures arti­cles and inter­views with top offi­cials from the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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