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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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October 30, 2015 3

American Anti-Semite and Holocaust Denier Willis Carto Dies

Willis Carto, one of the most vir­u­lent anti-Semitic pro­pa­gan­dists in the United States, died this week at age 89, accord­ing to Counter-Currents, an online white suprema­cist jour­nal. Carto had been active on the extreme right for over 60 years and was asso­ci­ated with var­i­ous move­ments from neo-Nazism to Holo­caust denial. He spread hatred against Jews through anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented pub­li­ca­tions and by hold­ing con­fer­ences that fea­tured other well-known anti-Semites and Holo­caust deniers.

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Carto estab­lished an intri­cate net­work of big­otry and was most well-known for two out­lets that had a last­ing impact on the extreme right. He founded the Lib­erty Lobby, based in Wash­ing­ton, DC, in the 1950s, which became an impor­tant source of anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda. Lib­erty Lobby united var­i­ous right-wing con­stituen­cies, from hard-right lib­er­tar­i­ans to con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti­com­mu­nists to racists, by using pop­ulist rhetoric to inflame their anti-government and nativist fears, while incor­po­rat­ing implicit anti-Semitic notions in many of its publications.

Lib­erty Lobby pub­lished The Spot­light, a weekly news­pa­per which pro­moted anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. The Spot­light became the pre­miere pub­li­ca­tion of the extreme right from its incep­tion in 1975 until it ceased pub­li­ca­tion in 2001.

In 1979, Carto took the lead in a grow­ing area of anti-Semitism when he founded the Insti­tute for His­tor­i­cal Review (IHR), to cre­ate and mar­ket Holocaust-denial pro­pa­ganda. Based in Cal­i­for­nia, IHR oper­ated under a guise of schol­ar­ship and pub­lished “revi­sion­ist” stud­ies laced with anti-Semitic themes in the Jour­nal of His­tor­i­cal Review. It soon became the lead­ing Holo­caust denial orga­ni­za­tion in the U.S.

In the 1990s, Carto lost con­trol of IHR in a legal dis­pute but went on to found another Holo­caust denial pub­li­ca­tion, The Barnes Review, which is still in cir­cu­la­tion. Carto filed for bank­ruptcy fol­low­ing his legal prob­lems with IHR, which led to the end of Lib­erty Lobby and The Spot­light in 2001. How­ever, Carto and the for­mer staff of The Spot­light went on to found a new weekly pub­li­ca­tion, Amer­i­can Free Press, which con­tin­ued Carto’s run of anti-Semitic propaganda.

Amer­i­can Free Press and  The Barnes Review, attract the most vit­ri­olic anti-Semites. While it is unclear what will hap­pen to Carto’s anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda empire, his death may dis­rupt or shut down the publications.

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November 11, 2014 4

FAIR Advisory Board Member Promotes Racist Views in Anti-Semitic Paper

On Novem­ber 9, the anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP) pub­lished an inter­view with extreme anti-immigrant activist Frosty Wooldridge. Wooldridge is an advi­sory board mem­ber with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR). He has often den­i­grated immi­grants and Mus­lims in arti­cles but his com­ments in the AFP inter­view reveal that he har­bors beliefs that are preva­lent in white nation­al­ist circles.frosty-wooldridge

Wooldridge began his racist rant by assert­ing that 100 mil­lion non-white immi­grants will enter the U.S. between now and 2050. Wooldridge claimed these num­bers mean, “Whites in this coun­try are doomed.” Wooldridge then focused his atten­tion on African and Mus­lim immi­grants, stat­ing, “Amer­ica has imported seven mil­lion Mus­lims and Africans over the past decade.” He argues that “[t]hose who prac­tice Islam hold no eth­nic iden­tity with Eng­lish and Euro­pean cul­ture.” More­over, he main­tains that “… the African world­view is totally dif­fer­ent than that of Euro­peans. Their cul­ture is dia­met­ri­cally opposed to ours. That’s why so many blacks are in prison.” Wooldridge con­tin­ued, “Due to a father­less soci­ety that plagues the black com­mu­nity, many teenagers join gangs. But I guar­an­tee you, amid this racial strife, there will be more riots in the streets that’ll make Fer­gu­son look like a kinder­garten party. As this occurs, our coun­try, our ethos, lan­guage and civ­i­liza­tion are all going down.”

Wooldridge bemoans, “It’s a mul­ti­cul­tural morass. Blacks, Mus­lims, Indi­ans, His­pan­ics and Asians don’t want to become part of main­stream white soci­ety.” He insists, “They pre­fer to remain sep­a­rate,” con­clud­ing “we’re import­ing our demise as a civ­i­liza­tion. The U.S. will become the vic­tim of its own self-inflicted destiny.”

This is not Wooldridge’s first inter­view with AFP, a paper pub­lished by Willis Carto, one of the most influ­en­tial anti-Semitic pro­pa­gan­dists of the past 50 years. Nor is it Wooldridge’s only asso­ci­a­tion with anti-Semites. Ear­lier in 2014, Wooldridge appeared on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram,” a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show. Rense broad­casts his show on his noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site, which pro­motes a wide vari­ety of con­spir­acy the­o­ries, from UFO reports to imag­ined envi­ron­men­tal threats to alleged Jew­ish con­trol of the world.

In addi­tion to Wooldridge, a num­ber of other promi­nent anti-immigrant fig­ures have granted inter­views to both AFP and anti-Semitic radio shows over the past few years.

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