On 10 February The Jambar at Youngstown State published a 400-word letter from Shari Kochman, a Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, in response to my ad titled “A Question for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.” It was a standard ADL screed specializing in defamation of character, without addressing the question to hand. She has a pretty name, this Shari, but demonstrates a mean spirit, if I can use that liberal catch-phrase, in her felt need to censor all questioning of the gas chamber tales.
“There is no doubt that The Jambar has the right to decide what advertisements it chooses to publish. Freedom of the press is one of the treasured hallmarks of our free society. Newspaper editors are also obliged, however, to make editorial judgment calls every day. They are under no legal or ethical obligation to publish every letter or ad submitted to them.
“Indeed, they would likely reject obscene material, libelous screeds, and obviously inflammatory claims like "there was no slavery in the United States." Unfortunately, The Jambar 's editors have acted irresponsibly in publishing Bradley Smith's ad, which promotes a view of history that is manifestly false and profoundly offensive.”
From there on it gets better (worse), while at the same time Shari makes no attempt to demonstrate that even one of her defamatory remarks is true. She counts on students and academics alike at Youngstown State to recognize the angle forwarded so successfully for so many years by the Holocaust Marketing Industry.
In the same 10 February Letters page of The Jambar there is a letter sponsored by The Judaic and Holocaust Studies Advisory Committee and signed by a dozen or so heads of departments at Youngstown. The Committee does not approve of the ad, which distresses me considerably, but commits itself publicly to the “gassing” claims. That means “gas chambers.” I’ll have to ask academics at Youngstown State if there is one among them, particularly one associated with The Judaic and Holocaust Studies Committee, who can provide the name of one person, “with proof,” who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. If Jews and others were not offed by Germans in the Auschwitz gas chambers, the chances are they were not offed by Germans in gas chambers anywhere else.
On 12 February The Jambar published an insightful letter written by a student, C.T. Alusheff.
“In response to the recent out lash against Bradley Smith and The Jambar for printing his ad, I neither advocate nor admonish Mr. Smith's views. However, this is still a free country and while his ad was suggestive in nature, I did not find any racial or ethnic slurs or hate remarks among the content of the ad, which I saw in two separate editions of The Jambar. As far as Shari Kochman citing The New York Times' ad review process, has she forgotten the full page add they ran with the caption General Betray-Us? This ad was given at a steeply discounted price and received national attention due to its nature. However, the paper received no legal recourse nor should it have. With the privilege of free speech comes the responsibility of not taking offense to something you disagree with.”
With the privilege of free speech comes the responsibility of not taking offense to something you disagree with!
The good sense and decency expressed by this observation should shame the ADL folk and the Youngstown Judaic and Holocaust Studies people. Mr. Alusheff has nothing to gain by speaking out like this. The folk representing the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the Youngstown Judaic and Holocaust Studies people have a lot to gain. They will continue participating in raising enormous sums of money, they will ensure that their careers remain on track, and that they will continue to be looked upon with favor by their academic peers and by professional journalists everywhere.
Students by themselves, organizing to promote intellectual freedom with regard to the gas-chamber tales, which effectively questions the unique monstrosity of the Germans, could wreck havoc on campuses across America. It needs to start on one campus. It’s not without risk for those who commit themselves to it.