Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Personal Appeal from CODOH founder Bradley Smith

August/September 2011

For twenty years Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH) has focused on taking the revisionist critique of the orthodox Holocaust story to the university campus across America. We have argued these twenty years that academics and students alike allow—encourage—a routine examination of the orthodox Holocaust narrative, just as every other historical narrative is open to such an examination

For twenty years we have struggled to crack open the taboo that prohibits such an examination of historical facts, a taboo that is supported collectively by academics in every discipline, by the chancellors and administrations of world-renowned universities and community colleges alike. It is a taboo that is promoted with a special fervor by such special-interest organizations as Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. Together they have multi-million-dollar budgets, while Hillel alone is represented on more than 500 American campuses.

In the American classroom the conventional Holocaust narrative is the one historical narrative that cannot be addressed openly, which means it cannot be addressed honestly. To make certain that this intellectually corrupt environment for students and academics alike continues and prospers, Hillel and ADL together have published and distributed to student newspaper staffs nationwide a 10,000-word paper titled Fighting Holocaust Denial in Campus Newspaper Advertisements--A Manual for Action. CODOH is the one entity publishing revisionist copy in the student press. The one purpose of this Hillel/ADL multi-million-dollar partnership publication is to stop CODOH from working on the American campus

This is a tough act to go up against. I admit it. At the same time, I’m going to continue to go up against it. The program this academic year is simple enough. While I cannot lay it all out here for the benefit of the folk at Hillel and ADL, I can say that we are going to be "in touch" with more students, more faculty, and larger segments of the administrative system, with more target material, than ever before. And this year—and this will depend significantly on contributions—we are looking at public speaking options on campus.

An open debate on the conventional, taboo-protected Holocaust narrative will help change American civilization from the bottom up. On campus students and faculty alike will be able to question the "unique" monstrosity of the Germans, and to ask (finally) what role Jews have played in the worlds "oldest hatred." Ordinary journalists will feel free to ask Holocaust "survivors" probing questions they would never think of asking now, and have not asked over the last sixty years. Hollywood and the publishing industry would turn away from using German stereotypes to represent evil, and Jewish stereotypes to represent anything and everything—but evil. That in itself would be a cultural revolution. And then there is television. How much do I need to say?

And of course there is the U.S. Congress, such as it is. An open debate on the Holocaust narrative? The new, modified, adapted to the truth narrative would expose the U.S. Congress to the necessity to rethink its relationship with the Israeli State. The Congressional world would fall apart. Without being able to morally exploit a now-ruined Holocaust story, how many more billions would it think morally justifiable to allocate to the Israeli military, including its nuclear weapons? Not so many perhaps? How would that affect the Arab Spring? Iran? I don’t know, but an honest view of an historical narrative focused on Jews, and through Jews to European, Christian, and Muslim cultures the world over would seem to me a worthwhile task.

We’re going to make some of this happen. How much of it we can make happen is significantly dependent on the support from those of you who seriously want to see it happen. I’m not going to spend a lot of money at any one place. But I will have to spend money—week after week after week. If you can help, please do. If you can send a couple, three or four thousand up front, please do. If you can send fifteen, twenty dollars a month please do. If you are unable to contribute anything yourself right now, perhaps you have a friend, an acquaintance, an uncle who would like to see this happen. Talk to him or her. Have them read this appeal.

I’ve been told that if you do not ask, it won’t happen.

Thank you,

Bradley Smith

CODOH Founder

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