Thursday, October 30, 2008

There Is No Jewish History

Dreamed that we were living in a different house, rather cramped, when I found a young lady in a bed. All I saw of her was some long tousled brown hair and a bare foot sticking out from beneath a sheet. I went in the other room to tell my wife. She told me that the girl and her boyfriend had visited us in Baja and that they had left for a place where they were to do meditation. I half-remembered the visit, but not really. Then my wife added that they had flown to their destination.

When I woke I told the dream to my wife and asked her if it rang a bell with her. She said no. Then she told me that it is in the Word of God that each of us is to meditate, and that it is time for me to start. I understand that every dream is about the dreamer, but this is one of those that appears to have no connection whatever with my life. Empty. Only at this moment, writing that it has no connection with my life, does it occur to me that I am informing myself that the time is come for me to meditate. Think about things. What things?

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I admire Sarah Palin. But then there’s Sandra Bernhard. Difficult to choose.

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The worst two days of my life – the entire life – were Monday and Tuesday. An exhaustion I have never known. I couldn’t even hold my head up. Today I’m largely over it. From here on I follow my wife’s advice. When tired, stay in bed. Simple. In bed, the issue of whether I can hold my head up is neither here nor there.

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In the past, when revisionists used to get together, there was some talk of a revisionist “movement.” There was considerable argument of whether we wanted to identify ourselves as a “movement.” Recently I came across something by Andrei Sakharov that addresses the question very simply:

“The use of the word ‘movement’ should not bring to mind any sort of organization or association, much less the concept of a party. We are simply speaking of people who are united by a largely common point of view and method of action.”

I believe that represents most revisionists. A people who are (more or less) united in arguing for a free flow of ideas with regard to the Holocaust question.

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There Is No Jewish History

This is a matter that had never caught my attention. With the Holocaust story, it's as if the tradition is being forwarded

"It is an established fact that not a single Jewish history text had been written between the 1st century and early 19th century. The fact that Judaism is based on a religious historical myth may have something to do with it. An adequate scrutiny of the Jewish past was never a primary concern within the Rabbinical tradition. One of the reasons is probably the lack of a need of such a methodical effort. For the Jew who lived during ancient times and the Middle Ages, there was enough in the Bible to answer most relevant questions having to do with day-to-day life, Jewish meaning and fate. As Shlomo Sand puts it, 'a secular chronological time was foreign to the ‘Diaspora time’ that was shaped by the anticipation for the coming of the Messiah”.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Alleged Holocaust denier allowed bail

District judge says German extradition warrant ‘not valid’ and must be discharged. Fredrick Töben granted bail pending appeal by Germany but on strict conditions.

By Joshua Rozenberg
Last Updated: 4:09PM GMT 29 Oct 2008

Fredrick Töben, the alleged Holocaust denier detained in London a month ago, will be released on bail if he can raise £100,000.

The sum of money is described as “security” rather than a surety because it must be lodged with the court and not merely pledged.

Other bail conditions imposed by District Judge Daphne Wickham are residence at an approved address, daily reporting to the police, surrender of all passports, no participation in public meetings, no media interviews and no use of the internet — even to receive information.

It is difficult to see how this last condition could be enforced.

(Smith comments) "Heh, heh."

International Symposium on Freedom of Expression

Mr Frank William La Rue Lewy
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection
of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Special Procedures Division,
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,
UNOG-OHCHR, CH-1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland

Email : urgent-action@ohchr.org

27 October 2008

Dear Special Rapporteur Frank William La Rue Lewy:

On 29 October 2008 you will be a featured speaker at the International Symposium on Freedom of Expression to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. My understanding is that you hold that, in combination, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UNESCO Constitution provide irrefutable evidence in the belief that freedom of opinion and of expression constitute the cornerstone of any democratic society and a fundamental basis for development.

The first of the three sessions of the Symposium will address Freedom of Expression with regard to Development, the second Freedom of Expression with regard to Democracy, and the third Freedom of Expression with regard to Dialogue. That is, "Development," "Democracy" and "Dialogue" are all seen to be dependent on Freedom of Expression. I agree.

At the same time, you must be aware that Nations such as Germany, Israel, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and others deny Freedom of Expression to those who question the taboo that protects the Holocaust question from being addressed in the routine manner that all other historical questions are addressed. That those who do question the Holocaust in full or in part are subject to arrest, trial, and imprisonment in those countries for having an opinion about history.

At this moment the Australian writer, Fredrick Toben, is in a British jail awaiting extradition to Germany to be tried for the "crime" of asking taboo questions about the Holocaust. Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, does the UNESCO Constitution, have anything to say about this? Will you have anything to say about this as a featured speaker at the Symposium?

UNESCO argues that "journalists are under increasing attack and good journalism is endangered, especially in societies that would most benefit from a pluralistic and independent media ... This violence constitutes one of the greatest threats to freedom of expression and freedom of the press."

Do you not agree that "all" societies would benefit from a pluralistic and independent media, even German society where revisionist writers and publishers are now in prison for asking questions about history? French society? Swiss society? Or is it only those societies we identify as being in the "Third World" that are in need of a pluralistic and independent media?

We all agree with UNESCO that when a journalist is imprisoned for having written something that offends his Government it is inexcusable - in Thailand, or Burma, or Kenya. But when a journalist or publisher is imprisoned in Germany or France or Austria for writing something that offends his government we are perfectly willing to rationalize it. Do you believe we should judge press freedom one way in Asian and African nations, but use a different standard to judge press freedom in Europe?

I would hope that you, as the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the Special Procedures Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, would address this issue at the 29 October Symposium. Why would you not?

Thank you for your attention.

Bradley R. Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, California 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327

Note: I will copy this to some of your colleagues.

Blog: http://bradleysmithsblog.blogspot.com/
Web: www.codoh.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

Elie Wiesel and the issue of indifference

Dr. William O’Neal, Director of Graduate Studies
Chair, Department of History
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

Dear Dr. O’Neal:

I am informed that on 30 October the University of Toledo's College of Arts and Sciences will host a talk by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel on "What the Ancient Masters Can Teach Us About Confronting Fanaticism and Building Moral Unity in a Diverse Society." It’s an interesting idea for a talk, though looking around the world from the point of view of UNESCO, it does not seem they have taught us much.

In the Toledo Blade Mr. Wiesel addresses a simpler issue, one he has addressed before, the issue of “indifference.” We read again where he argues that “the opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference.” That the opposite of education, beauty, and life itself is indifference. That “indifference is what permits evil to be strong …” Which brings me to the matter to hand.

Professor O’Neal, do you believe Toledo's College of Arts and Sciences has prepared its students in any way whatever to understand the issue of “indifference” with regard to Mr. Elie Wiesel himself?

Do UT students understand that for decades Elie Wiesel has shown himself to be indifferent to the fate of writers and publishers who question the orthodox Holocaust story and are arrested, tried, and imprisoned for such thought crimes in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and other European nations?

With regard to confronting “fanaticism,” have your students been prepared to understand that Elie Wiesel is the best known Holocaust fanatic in America? That he has spent his entire adult life forwarding with an unequaled fanaticism the charge of “unique monstrosity” against the Germans, including the charge that they used weapons of mass destruction (“gas chambers”) for mass murder at Auschwitz, and that even though he was interned there, after more than half a century he is unable to name, with proof, one person who was killed in a gas chamber at that camp?

Are UT students prepared to question Elie Wiesel’s indifference to “Building Moral Unity” when he writes "Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate - healthy, virile hate - for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.”? A remark that for forty years he has refused to recant?

Have UT students been prepared to understand the sheer silliness of a man like Elie Wiesel who will claim that when he was struck by a taxicab in mid-Manhattan in New York City that he flew an “entire city block” before coming down to earth again – that is, about two thirds the length of a football field?

Will the UT College of Arts and Sciences begin to promote a free press and a free flow of ideas about the Holocaust question and its agents such as Elie Wiesel, or will you, with indifference, continue to act out the role of being mere stenographers for a massive, multi-billion dollar Holocaust Industry?

Do you not agree that “indifference,” as Elie Wiesel has it, “is what permits evil to be strong?”

Thank you for your attention.


Bradley R. Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro CA 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327


Note: This inquiry will be copied to some of your colleagues.
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Blog: http://bradleysmithsblog.blogspot.com/

Web: www.codoh.com

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The multi-billion dollar Holocaust market creates valuable new product

A few weeks ago I wanted to involve Noam Chomsky in a couple yes or no answers with regard to an open debate on the Holocaust. The two letters I wrote him are published here on the Blog. I was particularly interested after he replied with a few words to Robert Faurisson’s questions and observations. He did not reply to Faurisson in a serious way, and he ignored me completely. Some of us on the Forum took umbrage at Chomsky’s unwillingness to get involved with the Holocaust question.

I took the time to review some of the work he has been doing. I don’t know of the work of any other American that can compare with the breadth of what Chomsky is doing or the insights to be found in his voluminous work. I am not saying he is right about everything, I have no way to know, but this guy is absolutely at the top of the game he has chosen to play. The Holocaust question plays no role in what he is working at. Maybe this can be argued, but I don’t think it can be argued from a very convincing point of view. He is doing other stuff.

Most recently I read his “The Problems of Latin America and the Caribbean” and that finished it for me. I am going to leave the man alone. He doesn’t exploit the Holocaust story to forward anything he is doing, and saying yes or no to me in a public forum will only create another series of diversions for him that will distract attention from where his real interests lie. Altogether that is why, ten days ago, I put a link to his Website here on the Blog. If you haven’t been there, you’re in for more than a surprise.

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“A full copy of nearly 52,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, from 56 different countries and in 32 languages, have been transferred from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and are now accessible for searching and viewing at Yad Vashem’s Visual Center. The Shoah Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg and the predecessor of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, videotaped the testimonies between 1994 and 2000. These testimonies will supplement Yad Vashem’s existing Archive collection of 10,000 survivor testimonies, filmed beginning in 1989, as well as 5,000 Holocaust-related films of all genres, produced from 1945 until today.”

Swell. I think we can say that each testimony will forward the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans, while no testimony will provide proof that one person was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz, and no testimony will be honestly vetted, or vetted at all. And so it goes. A multi-billion-dollar industry surging forward with an ever increasing measure of product to market.

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Paloma has discovered that Pepe was murdered because of a cock fight. I knew Pepe was into horses and was breeding and running them in rural tracks, but I didn’t know that he was into cock fighting. Seems that his cocks were winning too many fights, that at least one man lost too much money because of it, and the end result was that Pepe took a couple rounds to the head while his three young employees were killed with automatic weapons. No witnesses. We don’t know the real story of course, but that’s where it is as of now. It’s nearly always about money, or control, or the two together. Not always. In the end, it’s always a matter of the heart.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Holocaust denial and a case that shows flaws in the EU

The Independent
Friday, 24 October 2008

The case of the odious Holocaust-denier Dr Frederick Toben is destined to become a cause célèbre precisely because such hard cases test fundamental liberal principles. "I disapprove of what you say," said Voltaire, "but I will defend to the death your right to say it." This is my position on Dr Toben.

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October 23, 2008
Benedict May Shun Israel Over Pope Pius XII Issue

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres urged Pope Benedict XVI not to put off a visit to Israel over a disagreement about Pope Pius XII.
A Catholic official was quoted Saturday by the Italian media as saying that the pope would not come, as long as a photo caption at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial alleging that Pius XII did not act to save Jews from the Nazis remains on display.

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Night before last when when I thought the shootout on the Boulevard had taken place down in front of Pepe’s, our pet-food store, I was guessing, but I was right. Pepe was murdered, along with three young men who were working with him storing product. Today the local news showed Pepe on the sidewalk face down, half out into the street, blood streaming from his head and the shirt over his lower back black with blood. He’s the first of the recent murdered who was rather a friend and I was moved seeing hjis image there.

The images on Mexican television news are routinely more honest than those on American television. I am reminded that we are not allowed to see the coffins being unloaded from Iraq filled with American dead. We should see them. Every week. Every day. And we should stop being told how many Americans and Iraqis and Afghans are killed each week and month, but how many casualties there are, with a side note for the dead.

When Pepe opened his business ten years ago it was a wooden shed with a roof and only three walls. About the size of a two-car garage. The street that ran off the Boulevard was still dirt. At night he and his worker stretched a tarpaulin across the front of the shed and tied it down with rope. That was his security against theft. Ten years ago that was all he needed. Now we don’t know what we need. There was a general alert in town yesterday and Paloma had to go across the bridge to pick up Lil Brad at day care. There were rumors that kidnappings were going to take place.

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Got the new Homepage for CODOH up this evening. A step in the right direction.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Don't want to hear anything I don't need to hear

Bad night last night. Exhausted but unable to sleep. Four cups strong coffee at 11am this morning and was able to come awake for the afternoon and then some. I’m working on a release for the UNESCO Symposium to be held in Pairs next week and another for an Elie Wiesel event, also for next week. I am also going back and forth with two campus newspapers about running my ad titled “A Question for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.” We’ll see.

Turns out the other night when I was resting in front of the Casablanca Bar and the two patrol cars swooped in on either side of me and the officers got out with long guns the guy inside was already dead. That’s why I didn’t hear any rounds go off. Our daughter Paloma tells us the dead man is the cousin of one of our neighbors. That’s all I know about it. I don’t want to hear anything I don’t need to hear.

This evening at 9pm I was about to leave the house when Irene came into the patio and asked if I had heard the shooting. I hadn’t. Then I heard the sirens. I walked up toward the Boulevard and watched six patrol cars race north, sirens blasting and lights flashing, then three ambulances, then two more police cars and another ambulance. Must have been a successful event. I think it was happening in front of Pepe’s where we buy our bird seed and stuff for the animals.

Last month when most of my hair fell out over a period of six, seven days, I was shy about visiting people I know. Then the forearm erupted with red swellings that had pus in them, and now the backs of both hands have done the same. I’m getting used to it and am more or less moving around in a normal way. Not entirely. Yesterday we took photos for my Mexican passport. Not as pretty as I used to be.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dismantling a massive multi-billion dollar industry

Australian revisionist Fredrick Toben will remain in jail in London until 29 October waiting for a British judge to decide whether to allow him to be extradited to Germany to be tried for crimethink. Meanwhile, the Communication and Information sector of UNESCO, promoting “freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a basic human right” will have nothing to say on the matter as a matter of principle.

At the same time Toben recently put his finger on exactly one of the problems for those of us who believe that the Holocaust question should be open to the routine examination that all other historical questions are open to. Toben writes that we are, among other things, “dismantling a massive multi-billion dollar industry” that the Holocaust-Shoah enforcers are exploiting for their own ends. Follow the money. Follow the influence, and follow the money.

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Roy writes from Norway. (I have straightened out the English a bit.) “Welcome to Norway. I don’t know if you are right or not, but if you are not allowed to say here in Norway what you think, or show what you can document, then I will be next, and that means tyranny. I will have to be arrested because I stood up for you. So welcome. If you are right, the reality of what you are talking about is uglier than I would have imagined."

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One of my assistants goes by the name of “Azul” – that is “Blue.” Blue is the fellow who about ten days ago witnessed two gunmen exiting a taco shop a couple blocks from here after gunning down a retired policeman and wounding two others who got in the way. A couple days ago he told me that the brother of one of his friends was having lunch in a Tijuana seafood restaurant with a fellow who was associated with people he should not have been associated with when three men entered the restaurant and killed him at the table where they were eating. Blue’s friend was not shot. He was a witness. I think they should have shot him on principle. But then that’s me.

Last night I was out walking on the Boulevard. I was back from the VA and a chemo session only a few hours but the steroids were still working and I could walk a few blocks. I was sitting on a low wall in front of the Casablanca bar resting, a book in my hand, when two cop cars swooped in, one on either side of me, the cops getting out quick carrying long guns which is not the norm, one of them nodding his head in a way to tell me to get out of the way. I was already getting out of the way. I crossed the street hoping I was not going to hear any rounds go off and walked back the way I had come. In the event, there was no shooting. The Casablanca used to be called The Hemmingway.

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We’re working on the Homepage for CODOH. It looks real good to me. But then, that’s me. Once we get it up, if any of you have any suggestions, I’ll be all ears.

With regard to the cancer thing, I’m getting all kinds of interesting information. I’ll devote a page to iut one day so everyone can understand what I am doing and why. At bottom, I don’t know what to do. There is an endless amount of research to investigate, and I couldn’t wait, the thing was moving very fast. It started in the neck and throat but moved very quickly all the way down through the chest into the abdomen and I didn’t think it was time for me to quit work and go to school to decide among the dozens of alternative approaches that are available. In the event, the latest news is good news yet again. It is all still there, but the cat scans show that the malignant nodes and clusters of malignant nodes are all diminished in size and I am having no side effects other than exhaustion, particularly the first five or six days after the infusion process. That means the rest of this week.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I'll be away for a couple days

I'm going to the VA hospital in La Jolla this afternoon and don't expect to be back at the computer until Tuesday. Talk to you then. I'll have some news about the problem. My understanding is that it's going to be good news. We'll see.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An end to Lonely Thinking

We’re remaking the Home page for CODOH. When Gustavo (my local Web master) got here we realized that he’d left a couple programs at his house so we drove over to get them. He lives about two miles north of here in the foothills. He told me that one night last week he heard a shootout about a block from his house. Two AK-47s and a handgun. Two men were murdered. They took so many rounds that their heads were severed from their bodies, as well as both hands of each corpse. It was deliberate amputation by bullets. Ugly. Never heard of that one. I still recall the unique sound of the AK-47 in Vietnam. Light and very fast. More than seven hundred rounds per minute. Do I remember that right? Oddly, I don’t remember the sound from Korea where AK-47s were a standard Chinese infantry weapon. Memory is getting ragged around the edges. Maybe the growing violence in Baja will refresh memory. No especial need for it.

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We hear from France that revisionist Pierre Guillaume was arrested in Orléans "in the Loiret” (that is, a district or county) on a warrant issued in Paris. He was immediately released on bail and will be prosecuted for incitement. Last February he distributed, in Paris, flyers denouncing the "leftist Jewish lobby", allegedly signed by former Prime Minister Raymond Barre, deceased since August 2007.

PG admits he distributed the flyers in several regions but he was trying to get people to think, not incite hatred. Guillaume is the former proprietor of the publisher "La Vieille Taupe" (The Old Mole) and was Faurisson's first publisher, as well as Roger Garaudy's publisher. Orléans is on the Loire but I don't know what the "Loiret" is.

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Art Spiegelman is the author and artist responsible for Maus, the remarkable comic strip and then book published in the 1970s. In it the Jews were mice, Poles pigs, Germans cats, and Americans dogs. It was based on stories his survivor father told him over the years. Spiegelman didn’t/doesn’t know anything about gas chambers but I am reminded that he drew them anyhow, including cut-away views of the inside of those uniquely murderous WMD. When Robert Faurisson issued his challenge to the academic and Holocaust-market worlds to “draw me or show me a gas chamber,” Art Spiegelman might well have answered the challenge. But he’s a modest sort.

Spiegelman says that Maus, for all its success—he got a Pulitzer Prize for it in 1992—has been a mixed blessing. "On the one hand,’ he says, it’s success ‘gives me license to do almost anything I want. On the other hand, it's a straitjacket. All people really want me to do is Maus III. But wait. The war ended, my father's dead. There's no Maus III. Or at least make a 'Maus' movie. But the one thing I am adamant about is that I'm not going to be the Elie Wiesel of comic books."

I can understand that. Spiegelman is clear about his mice and pigs being fictional characters. Elie Wiesel on the other hand. . . .

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An end to Lonely Thinking

According to philosopher Kristof Nyiri, the man behind a conference in Budapest on 21st century communication and the mobile information society, communication has always been a central and unavoidable focus of European philosophy. Now, in the context of today's explosion in technological communication, we are attempting to re-formulate the questions traditionally asked in philosophy.

When asked to elucidate on this new formulation, Nyiri said: "Man was originally a communicating being. The philosophers of the 19th century were still very aware of this fact, then in the 20th century it went out of fashion for a number of decades and now in the era of the mobile phone, we are seeing ourselves confronted with the idea again. We are witnessing a re-evaluation of the idea of personal contact. This is part of man's most basic nature, but during the centuries of book printing, the technologies of lonely thinking, this was forced into the background. Today we are seeing a return to this primordial world of thought."

Interesting. I think the Internet, too, is part of the culture that Nyiri is talking about.

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Several days after the first session with Chemotherapy my right forearm erupted in red hives, some with pus in the center begging to be scratched. Overnight. The sight of it was startling. Dr. Go told me to make an appointment with the dermatologist as sometimes chemo can create pre-cancerous eruptions resembling what happened to the arm. What with one thing and another, I didn’t make the appointment. One day last week the back of each hand broke out with the same eruptions. Tomorrow and the next day I’ll be at the VA Hospital in La Jolla. I’m not completely ga-ga. Surely I’ll take care of the dermatology business while I’m there.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Holding Opinions and the Problem with UNESCO

Mogens Schmidt
Deputy Assistant Director-General for Communications and Information
Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace
UNESCO

13 October 2008

Dear Deputy Assistant Director-General:

On 07 September I wrote you in part: “I am informed that UNESCO is the one United Nations agency with a ‘mandate to defend the basic human right of freedom of expression and press freedom, which are the essential components of democracy.’ I am further informed that this human right ‘includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’

“How does UNESCO reconcile this important ‘mandate’ to defend the basic human right of freedom of expression and press freedom with the 26 January 2007 call by the UN General Assembly to all its 192 Member States to ‘reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to this end’”?

On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 you replied:

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“Dear Sir:
"Thank you for your letter. The UN General Assembly is a representative body of all the member states. It has expressed a position on the issue that does not infringe on your right to hold your opinions.
“Sincerely,
“Mogens Schmidt.”

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Dear Dr. Schmidt: Thank you for writing.

You note that the UN General Assembly has expressed an opinion on the issue of the Holocaust, one that “does not infringe on [my] right to hold [my] opinions.”

How is it that revisionist writers who do hold opinions about the Holocaust “either in full or in part” are routinely arrested, tried and imprisoned in one European country after another? How is it that the Communications and Information Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, UNESCO, of which you, Sir, are The Deputy Assistant Director-General, do not even acknowledge that this is happening?

Am I not in the same danger of being arrested, tried, and imprisoned as such men as Germar Rudolf, Siegfried Verbeke, David Irving, Ernst Zundel and Fredrick Toben, who at this moment is being held in a London jail under threat of extradition to Germany where he will be tried, as you have it, for “holding his opinions” about the Holocaust?

I am afraid (forgive me) that it is an inversion of logic and good sense for you to tell me that I have the right to hold my opinions about the Holocaust either in full or in part when, at the same time, European governments have the right to imprison me for holding such opinions in full or in part, and to do so without protest, or even any notice, from UNESCO.

Dr. Schmidt, please tell me clearly where UNESCO’s Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace stand on the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of revisionist writers who hold opinions about the history of the Holocaust?

Sincerely

Bradley R. Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust

Post Office Box 439016
San Ysidro, California
USA
Desk: 209 682 5327

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Toben, Irving, Mahler and lice, lice everywhere

Fredrik Toben was to be in court yesterday in London to face extradition to Germany for expressing doubts about the Holocaust story. In the event, the hearing was put off for another week. Andreas Grossmann, the Mannheim district prosecutor handling Dr Toben's case, says that despite Toben’s attempts to avoid extradition from Britain to Germany, he expected Dr Toben to be on trial early next year where he faces up to five years in jail for thought crimes.

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David Irving was to speak at the Norwegian Festival of Literature but the board of the Festival withdrew its invitation after other authors, free speech activists all, threatened to pull out of the program. Festival chief Randi Skeie says that "Initially we wanted to expose Irving as a liar and swindler, but then the issue became a question of free speech. Everything is fine as long as everyone agrees, but things get more difficult when one doesn’t like the views being put forward."

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Horst Mahler went on trial on 08 October accused of publishing documents on the Internet denying the Holocaust. Denial of the Nazi Holocaust is a crime in Germany. Mahler has been charged with incitement [to tell the truth is “incitement” in Hunland] and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Mahler had been found guilty earlier of condoning a crime for saying the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were justified. They were, of course, in the eyes of those who carried out the attack. But that’s another story.

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Steve Ferris sent me this. It’s more proof of Nazi atrocities, more evidence undermining revisionist arguments, but in the interests of full disclosure I think I should publish it here.

More proof of Nazi atrocities:
Leading statisticians and document analysts have uncovered irrefutable documentary proof that Adolf Hitler (with premeditation and malice aforethought) did willfully order the extermination (using Zyklon B) of more than 6 Trillion innocent Lice! Some experts put the casualties as high as 60 Trillion. Along with the documentary proof, Forensic investigators have found Gas Chambers (the murder weapon) in many places in Germany and Poland. Thousands of empty cans of Zyklon B were also found, and many eye-witnesses have come forward and testified under oath, saying "I saw it with my own eyes"! On August 8 2008 a team of forensic examiners were sent to Auschwitz to take soil samples and it was discovered (using Scanning Electron Microscopy) that in a single one ounce sample, the skeletal remains of some 1,200 Lice were found! Many critics deny the evidence saying "they did a Lousy job", while others say "Never Again"!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Doing the work of a human being

I’m eight days out of my last chemotherapy session and I still can’t sleep and I can’t wake up. A struggle with exhaustion. I don’t really know what to say about it. If I leave the house walking, within a block I am too tied to go farther. It’s a real bother. I’m still not sick, I still don’t hurt, but I can’t wake up and I can’t sleep, and there are times when I feel separated from the work. In a way, of course, that’s being sick. Sometimes in the morning when I get up and the day appears grey and empty, sometimes I recall a line from Marcus Aurelius where he wrote (paraphrase), “On that morning when you do not want to rise, have this thought in your mind. ‘I am rising to do the work of a human being.’”

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Mogens Schmidt has replied to my letter of 07 September 2008.
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Mogens Schmidt
Deputy Assistant Director-General for Communications and Information,
Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace,
UNESCO

Dear Sir:

Thank you for your letter.

The UN General Assembly is a representative body of all the member states. It has expressed a position on the issue that does not infringe on your right to hold your opinions.

Sincerely,

Mogens Schmidt.

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A simple, perfectly understandable note, yet not really. To be allowed to hold an opinion is one thing, to be allowed to express it another. Only today I find that the prosecution of Gustav Mahler is to begin. Fredrick Toben is in custody in London, and men like Rudolf, Zundel, Verbeke, and others are all in prison or in court or in hiding for expressing opinions that they “hold.” I suppose I should point this out to Deputy Assistant Director-General Schmidt. And especially to his colleagues.

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Watched part of the Obama/McCain debate last night. Too boring to watch it all. But Obama is a natural. He was born to politics. I don’t know if he can govern the country. I don’t know if anyone can govern this county any longer, including McCain. But Obama is a natural. He is willing to evade, cover-up, and simply lie about anything that might interfere with his getting the role he wants. His behavior with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright story illustrates Obama’s willingness to do what it takes.

When Wright tells his congregation that “America” nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki and “never looked back” (is that how he put it?) he was right. We intentionally burned alive tens of thousands of innocent women and children for a greater good. And then there was Tokyo and every city in Germany. After twenty years listening to the Reverend, I think Obama looks at the world more or less like the Reverend looks at it. Except he is probably not religious but will continue to pretend he is until he gets the role. But if he had told the truth, if he had said, simply, Reverend Wright is right about that, Obama would have been out of the race. He would have been denounced as un-American. Obama wants to win. They all want to win, so we might as well go with the guy who is the smoothest and coolest and most in control and hope he is not a cool guy who is interested in doing monstrous things for a greater good. Good luck to all of us, and to all those all over the world who get in our way.

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Yesterday one of the guys in the neighborhood was murdered a couple blocks from the house. He was involved with dealing. Friday night a retired policemen was murdered out on the Boulevard. One of my part-time workers was across the street, heard the shots, saw the two gunmen run off. They weren’t kids. Meanwhile, dozens of citizens and policemen in Tijuana have been murdered over the past two, three weeks. This is the first time I have begun to, sometimes, feel insecure here.

A new café announces itself as a “family restaurant.” It features “Rattlesnake tequila.”

This afternoon we picked up Brad at daycare, then drove to Pepe’s to buy seed for the parakeets. I stayed in the car while Irene went in to make the purchase. In front of me on the sidewalk were cages with birds and puppies and chicks in them. One large case was overflowing with parakeets. Some were standing on the backs of others in the seed trays. The movement inside the cage was full of a dynamic and restless complexity. While I watched, the restless complexity inside the cage came to represent in my imagination the restless complexity of life itself. And, despite everything, how life is so valuable to us.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Free Speech Deniers

Richard L. Cravatts, Director
Program in Publishing at the Center for Professional Education
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

07 October 2008

Dear Dr. Cravatts:

I have your article, published on History News Network (HNN), titled "Iran's Political Motivation for Ridiculing the Holocaust Again." You've made of it a heated exercise, but I can agree with you that the primary purpose of the Iranian State in suggesting that the story is fundamentally fraudulent is to undermine the moral legitimacy of the Jewish conquest of Arab land in Palestine following World War II.

With regard to the Holocaust story itself, you appear to be entirely uninformed about revisionist arguments that question a number of the core elements of that story, including (but not solely) the "gas chamber" allegations. If six million Jews were "exterminated" during WWII, an idea you forward, at least a million of them in gas chambers at Auschwitz, you should be able to provide, with proof, the name of one person who was killed in a gas chamber at that camp. Can you do that? Do you know anyone among your colleagues who can?

In the interests of full disclosure, I should note that I spoke at the "perverse" Holocaust conference you mention that took place in Teheran two years ago. There I addressed the unwillingness of the American professorial class to allow the Holocaust to be examined in the routine way that all other historical issues are examined. Rather, it enforces a strict taboo on the matter, which leads oftentimes to a near-hysterical use of language, which is present in your article.

I have asked several thousand academics, including Dr. Paul Shapiro, Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, to provide the name, with proof, of one person who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. None has replied to the question, including Dr. Shapiro.

And then there is the fact that because I ask this question I have been banned from posting on the HNN Website by its founder Rick Shenkman and his sidekick Jonathan Dresner. You believe what Rick Shenkman believes, so you can publish on HNN. I doubt what you and Professor Shenkman believe, so I am banned. So much for a Website run by historians "for" historians.

Meanwhile, if we are going to charge - endlessly - that Germans exterminated millions of Jews in gas chambers in the middle of the 20th century, I believe we have a simple moral obligation to demonstrate that the charge is true. Are not Germans human beings like the rest of us? All you (the professorial class) have to do is decide that you will no longer support a cargo-cult mentality where some questions about history are allowed, while others are not. It's not complicated. Rather, it's easy, and it's one of the glories of a culture in which the free exchange of ideas is considered a norm.

Meanwhile, I want to make it clear that I do not defend Iranian State policies, no more than I support, with regard to many such policies (Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel among others) those of the U.S. Government.

Sincerely,

Bradley R. Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, Ca 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327

Note: I will copy this missive to some of your colleagues.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Question for the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

Rafael Medoff, Ph.D., Director
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
1200 G Street NW - Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005


06 September 2008

Dear Dr. Medoff:

In your recent article, “Rosh Hashanah 1944: A Holocaust Controversy,” you reference an advertisement that ran in the New York Times in 1944 sponsored by the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe. a group led by “Peter Bergson," a young Zionist activist from Jerusalem.

The usual references to “gas chambers” at Auschwitz are repeated here, both by Bergson and yourself. The text of Bergson’s ad includes the statement: "… a Jewish New Year which mourns millions of our people, brutally murdered, burned alive, asphyxiated in gas chambers …” You yourself write “… no order was ever given to bomb the mass-murder machinery [that is, the “gas chambers” of Auschwitz].”

Because the charge that Germans murdered millions of civilians in gas chambers at Auschwitz is an assertion of “unique monstrosity,” it is morally just that we ask whether the charge has been shown to be true. To this point, we note that nowhere on the The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Website do you provide the name, with proof, of one person who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. Why is that?

I have asked several thousand academics and many prominent individuals employed by the Holocaust Industry, including Dr. Paul Shapiro, Director, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, to provide such a name. None has ventured an answer. I hope that you will be an exception to this dismaying rule of behavior, one of avoidance and suppression that has no place in our culture as we face deep moral and complicated historical issues.

Thank you for your attention.

Bradley R. Smith

Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
Post Office Box 439016
San Ysidro California 92143


NOTE: I will copy this letter to a number of academics who teach journalism, to press on and off campus, and to those in relevant UNESCO sectors devoted to “free speech.”

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A unique ten minute video on Toben affair with Lady Renouf and David Irving

A unique ten minute video report made by Telling Films at London's Horseferry Road court - including interviews with Dr. Töben's solicitor Kevin Lowry-Mullins and court observers David Irving and Lady Renouf is now available below. (Traffic noise early in the film soon settles down to allow audibility.)

Irving supports Aussie Holocaust denier

The Sydney Morning Herald

October 4, 2008 - 7:37AM

British Holocaust denier David Irving has joined Australian historian Dr Fredrick Toben's fight against extradition to Germany, where authorities want to try him for his alleged anti-Semitic views.

Toben, who founded the Adelaide Institute, appeared briefly at a London court after being arrested at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday under a European Union warrant issued by a German court.

He has been remanded in custody, with a bail hearing set for October 10 at Westminister Magistrates Court followed by an extradition hearing a week later.

Watching on from the public gallery was a small band of supporters, including Irving, who branded Toben's arrest "a disgrace on the name of Britain", and Lady Michele Renouf, an Australian-born, British-based socialite known for her support of Holocaust denial.

The District Court of Mannheim in Germany wants Britain to extradite Toben for allegedly publishing material which allegedly rejects or plays down whether the Holocaust ever happened.

Unlike in Britain, Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany and offenders can face up to five years in jail.

Speaking to reporters outside the court Irving, who has been banned in the past from entering Australia on "character grounds", condemned Toben's arrest.

"I disapprove of some of his views but he has the right to express them," Irving said.

"What we have seen here is Nazi Germany in pinstriped suits and it's going to get worse.

"Ironically he is finding himself as an Australian in a kangaroo court in Germany."

Irving, an historian who has written several books defending Adolf Hitler and denying the extermination of six million Jews during World War II, was jailed in Austria two years ago for glorifying Nazism.

While Irving says he is unable to afford to offer any money to secure Toben's release on bail, he is willing to have the Australian live with him at his home at Windsor, west of London, while the extradition case continues.

"I wanted him to know all of his friends are here and we won't abandon him," Irving said.
During Friday's hearing, Toben's barrister Ben Watson told the court that the case "strikes at the heart of freedom of expression" and "the interpretation of racism and xenophobia".
"This is an extremely important case," Watson said.

"It strikes at the heart of the controversial European arrest scheme...and that is whether it's possible for a person to be extradited from a country when their conduct wouldn't be an offence in that country."

A warrant for Toben's arrest was issued in 2004, claiming he denied, approved or played down the mass murder of the Jews by the Nazis in material he published on websites in Australia, Germany and other countries.

Toben argues he should not be extradited to Germany because he could never receive a fair trial there.

He was given a 10-month jail sentence in Germany 1999 for publishing a newsletter denying the Holocaust but after being granted bail, fled to Australia.

Friday, October 3, 2008

'Holocaust denier' case adjourned

(BBC NEWS) Dr Toben was arrested on a plane at Heathrow Airport
A historian wanted in Germany for alleged Holocaust denial has been remanded in custody in Britain after his extradition hearing was adjourned.

Dr Gerald Toben, 64, was arrested by British police at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday under an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities.

The warrant accuses the Australian of publishing material "of an anti-Semitic and/or revisionist nature" online.

A bail hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday, 10 October.

It will be followed by a full hearing on 17 October.

Dr Toben is accused of posting information online between 2000 and 2004 that denied, approved of or played down the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis.

Appearing in the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Dr Toben described himself as a victim of "legal persecution" and said he did not consent to being extradited to Germany.

Tina Whybraw, representing the authorities in Mannhein, Germany, told the court Dr Toben was arrested on an aircraft at Heathrow Airport while it was in transit from the US to Dubai.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Documentaries you won't see broadcast on corporate TV

WORLDDOCS, a show "bringing the world to the people of the Washington area
through documentaries you won't see broadcast on corporate TV", airs in
Washington, DC on cable station DCTV (Comcast channel 95, RCN channel 10).

The episodes for October and their air dates/times are:

One Third of the Holocaust: The Process – was the holocaust as described possible?
10/09 - 6 PM; 10/11 - 11 AM; 10/16 - 2 PM; 10/18 - 7 PM; 10/23 - noon; 10/25 - 6 PM

Shocking and Awful – the cultural and societal destruction of Iraq
10/01 - 10 PM; 10/08 - 5 PM; 10/14 - 5:30 PM;

The Iron Wall – the history and present effect of Israel’s apartheid wall
10/04 - 6 PM; 10/09 - 1:30 PM; 10/11 - 4 PM; 10/16 - 11:30 AM; 10/18 - 5:30 PM; 10/23 - 3 PM; 10/25 - 11 AM

Civil Disobedience – prisoners of conscience confront the SOA, plus an AWOL soldier
10/05 - 1 PM; 10/08 - 9:30 PM; 10/12 - 5:00 PM; 10/14 - 7:30 PM; 10/22 - 5 PM; 10/26 - noon

David Ray Griffin on 9/11 (USA, 2006) – a theologian suffers doubts on the 9/11 story dogma
5/08 - 3:30 PM; 10/07 - 6 PM; 10/12 - noon; 10/15 - 10 PM; 10/19 - 1 PM; 10/26 - 4 PM

WORLDDOCS also airs in Fairfax County, Virginia over Fairfax Public Access
(cable channel 10) at the following times: Monday, 10:00 AM; Thursday, 1:00
AM; and Sunday, 8:30 PM. The episodes for October are:

10/6 - 10/12 : Speaking Out - female victims of the AIDS crisis in Mali speak out

10/13 - 10/19 : Life in Occupied Palestine - a Jewish American experiences the occupation first-hand

10/20 - 10/26 : Venezuela Bolivariana - the Venezuelan revolution up close and personal

10/27 - 11/2 : Peak Oil - is global oil production about to peak, or has it already?

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Arlington to sponsor WORLDDOCS on Montgomery Community TV and Arlington
Independent Media. Being a sponsor doesn't mean much more than sending in a
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care of all the details. If interested, contact me, Ken Meyercord, at
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

UNESCO and its problem with the free flow of ideas

Bradley R. Smith
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro CA 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327
Web: www.codoh.com


01 October 2008

To: Abdul Waheed Khan
Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information
Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace
UNESCO

Dear Assistant Director-General:

We have been informed by the Communication and Information Sector's ((CIF) news service that following the publication of the Model Curricula for Journalism Education last year, UNESCO has created an interactive wiki platform to adapt it to teaching journalism in Arabic and French.

It is certainly welcome news that we are helping spread this important information to those who are restricted to reading French and Arabic. At the same time we have a suggestion: that the CIF Sector encourage a re-evaluation of this Wiki Journalism Education Curricula for those who live in English-speaking countries.

POINT: only today we are informed that Professor Fredrick Toben of Australia has been arrested at Heathrow airport in London on an EU warrant issued by Germany. Professor Toben is wanted by German authorities for questioning the truth of the Auschwitz weapons of mass destruction (“gas chambers”). He will appear before the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court in London where authorities will request he be extradited to Germany.

UNESCO states very clearly that “The right to freedom of opinion and expression is inscribed in number 19 of the 30 articles articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and stipulates the following: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Does Professor Toben not have the same rights as an Arabic or French speaking individual? What is the CIF position on this?

Has CIF stated in plain language who among us has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and who does not? If so, where can we read this parsing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Will CIF address the issue of Professor Fredrick Toben of Australia being arrested in England, where he faces extradition to Germany to face prison for asking a question about history?

Thank you very much for your attention.

Bradley R. Smith

The Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, in solidarity with the UNESCO mandate to encourage the free flow of ideas, not only for those who represent privileged majorities, but for all.

I shouldn't do this, but . . .

My friend Richard sent me this. I should do it, but . . .

If you had purchased $1,000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago you would have $49.00 left.

With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.

With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214.00 cash.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. It's called the 401-Keg

A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles a year.

Another study found Americans drink, on the average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

Makes You Proud To Be An American!

Ahmadinejad’s Reasonable Stance on the Holocaust

Greg Alan wrote this letter to Mehr News Agency in Teheran

The article by Paul Grubach, “Ahmadinejad’s Reasonable Stance on the Holocaust” is excellent and thought provoking article. Thank you for printing it.

Unfortunately, the Holocaust Myth is used by American politicians as a fear mongering tool rather than as a historical story subject to discussion. As an American I, was embarrassed last year by Columbia's president Lee Bollinger ignorant and rude reception for Iran's president. This year I am worried by presidential candidates' bellicose language about a "Second Holocaust."

Belief in the Holocaust Myth is the new religion in the Western countries. It is generally unreported that several historians and scholars have been jailed for expressing disbelief in the more extreme Holocaust tales. The heroic Ernst Zundel and Germar Rudolf are both in German jails for expressing doubt. Author David Irving was jailed in Austria.

President Ahmadinejad correctly commented that research and study on the matter are needed. Mr. Gurbach gave several supporting examples. Another important example is the unreported fact that the Majdanek Museum in Poland dropped the number of killed from 360,000 people killed to 78,000 people "missing."

It is worth noting that the Nuremberg Court claimed that 1.5 million people were killed at Majdanek and turned into fertilizer! While the new figures still represent a horrible tragedy, they show the extreme exaggerations inflicted on history by the Soviet and British propaganda machines at the end of World War II.

Mehr News Agency's attention to this important issue is great. Thank you again. Yours for Peace and Truth,

Greg Alan
San Francisco, California

Fredrick Toben arrested for thought crime in Britain awaiting extradition to Germany

An Australian man accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism was arrested at London's Heathrow airport on Wednesday, on an EU warrant issued by Germany, Israel Radio reported.

Gerald Frederick (sic)Toben, 64, is wanted by German authorities for writings he allegedly published on the internet. He will appear before the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court in London later in the day, where authorities will request he be extradited to Germany.

The retired teacher set up the Adelaide Institute in 1994, and was imprisoned in Germany for seven months for inciting racism.

Toben uses a model of the Auschwitz concentration and death camp in lectures to contend that it was too small to kill large numbers. More than 1 million people are estimated to have been killed there.

In a recent speech in Iran, he claimed that any evidence of Nazi gas chambers were "the products of a feverish pathological mind filled with pure hatred, mostly directed against Germans and anything German ... the product of an appalling state of ignorance of natural and chemical processes".

The EU arrest warrant reads, "From 2002 to this day the worldwide, internet publication of an anti-Semitic and, or, revisionist nature deliberately contrary to historical truth the said publications deny, approve or play down above all the mass murder of the Jews, planned and implemented, by the national socialist rulers."

"The defender is committing the act in Australia, Germany and in other countries."
AP contributed to this report.