Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J,
Office of the President
New Orleans, LA 70118
05 November 2008
Dear President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.
I note that the 2008 President's Forum on Current Issues and Controversies will seek to explore a compelling contemporary issue facing society today -- "Holocaust Remembrance." The Guest Lecturer will be Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at EmoryUniversity. A subsequent Loyola press release, dated November 3 updates and narrows the focus of Dr. Lipstadt's exploration to "Contemporary Holocaust denial: a clear and present danger."
To one who stands to one side of the existing taboos on the American campus, it is clear that Holocaust Remembrance is a studied effort on the part of the multi-billion-dollar Holocaust Marketing Industry (henceforth HMI) to promote the "forgetting" of whatever does not forward the Marketing Plan itself.
The HMI marketing program is undercut by one of the great ideals of the university, the concept of a free flow of ideas, so HMI argues against the free flow of ideas with regard to the Holocaust, against intellectual freedom, and anyone who dares try it is condemned out of hand with the most vicious vocabulary imaginable. You may expect Dr. Lipstadt to "forget" a good part of this matter in her address at Loyola.
To that point you should expect Dr. Lipstadt to forget, in the sense that she will not raise it at all, or will not raise it seriously, how HMI is used to morally justify the arrest and imprisonment of men and women throughout much of Europe who question the charge that Germans used weapons of mass destruction ("gas chambers") to murder millions of civilians during WWII. Dr. Lipstadt has said that she does not think it wise to imprison men and women for memory crimes, but she acts out the role of "Bystander" so long as the HMI marketing plan remains solid.
HMI forwards its never-ending charge of "unique monstrosity" against the Germans and uses every means at its disposal to crush any person who attempts to question the charge-as if Germans do not deserve the same human consideration that all others deserve. At the same time, neither HMI or Professor Lipstadt can provide, with proof, the name of one person who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. I have asked her that question. She has not replied.
I have asked the same question of Dr. Paul Shapiro, Director, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as some 3,000 other American academics. Neither Dr. Shapiro or any other academic has attempted a reply. Do you believe that in every instance this silence is honorable?
Those who market Holocaust Remembrance specialize in "forgetting" that the free flow of ideas is meant for all, not only for those who are disposed to buy what is being marketed. It is meant as well for those who are disposed not to buy it, so long as they are not convinced that what they are being sold is the truth.
The primary way that HMI spokeswoman Dr. Lipstadt defends herself against any questioning of the Auschwitz gas-chamber charge or that of the "unique monstrosity" of the Germans (two examples of Holocaust "denial") is to use an irrational vocabulary that invariably characterizes those who do ask such questions as "extremist antisemites" and to compare them to "Nazi rats" spreading a "virulent form [a bacillus] of antisemitism ..." She claims that revisionists "camouflage their hateful ideology ... under the [mere] guise of scholarship ..." But she will not venture to name one person, with proof, who was killed in an Auschwitz gas chamber by her "Nazi rats."
I am going to guess (forgive me) that among the academics at Loyola there will not be one who will seriously challenge anything that Professor Lipstadt has to say about "Holocaust," or "Remembrance," or "gas chambers," or about the "unique" monstrosity of the Germans. Not one. And so it goes, as we say.
In any event, thank you for your attention, and good luck with your 2008 President's Forum. I imagine it will be a fine and even a merry affair.
Bradley R. Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, California 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327
Note: This will be copied to students and academics at Loyola.