San Diego, CA, November 9 2011
Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, President
Dear Prof.-Dr. Olbertz:
Through its law school,
The title is deceptively abstract. In fact, it takes little imagination to see, the subject is “Using the Force of Law to Discourage Open Debate of the Holocaust on the Internet,” an agenda antithetical to the freedom of discourse upon which both universities and the development of knowledge depend.
Now, I know that in today’s
Just because a pesticide firm concerns itself with poisonous gases, or a law school with the administration of laws, is no excuse for the firm, or school, to knowingly abet inhuman conspiracies. Your relying on the innocuous styling of the conference’s title will be rejected just as were Tesch & Stabenow’s claims that Zyklon-B was for killing lice.
It is time for Humboldt to uphold humanitarian ideals that always have, and always will, transcend the state. Cancel the use of your facilities. Withdraw your speakers from the program. And take a stand for freedom of speech that even today remains so sadly lacking in the heart of European civilization.
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016San Ysidro, CA 92143
Telephone: 209 682 5327
NOTE: This release is being distributed to academics and students at Humboldt University, Berlin, and to journalists and associations in Europe and North America with a strong interest in a free press.
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, founded in 1989, argues that the Holocaust story should not be the preserve of some at the expense of others, but should be open to a free exchange of ideas for all.