I was not going to post this letter here, it's necessarily more of the same, but I am unable to post it at The Lumberjack. Don't know why, but the paper is not accepting my comments now. Maybe one of the Lumberjack advisors, or community volunteer advisors, has decided that Humboldt State students have heard enough from me. So here it is. Just trying to keep 'em honest. Good luck with that one, eh?
I am replying to your letter only because some Humboldt State students will read it and I doubt that any professor on your campus will make any attempt to help either them or you.
I see that you received a B.A. in 1994, so you are no longer a kid, but going on 40 years I suppose. And now you have a MSW and are apparently a professional scholar lecturing at Humboldt State.
So there you are with 30 or so others, gasping and sighing over the discovery that a campus newspaper had published an ad asking a question (good grief—asking a question!) about World War II. All that is necessary is to answer the question and it goes away. Didn’t occur to you? Did it occur to anyone else in the room with you that evening? If it did, what was the answer?
You make assertions about the history of WWII about which you do not claim to have any special knowledge, and as a matter of fact do not appear to have any. That’s commonplace on American university campuses, so of course you’re not alone. Nevertheless, you charge the staff of the Lumberjack with having failed to act professionally because the published an announcement asking for the name, with proof, of one person killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. You assert that they failed to act in the face of hatred,
You reference Elie Wiesel, a man widely known as a fraudster, though this is not addressed by American university professors. For an intro to this issue see a brief text by myself.
And finally, the only hatred in my ad is demonstrated in what you projected onto it out of your own consciousness, your own desire. Look at your language. Again, this is a commonplace among American academics which, as a class, support the taboo that protects the Holocaust story from being examined, freely, in the light of day.
The staff of the Lumberjack, if it wants to stand on the side of a free exchange of ideas with regard to such matters as the history of World War II, is probably going to have to stand alone. The chance that even one professor at Humboldt State would stand with them, openly, in the name of intellectual freedom, is not very likely.
I would hope that I will be proved wrong here but. . . .