Shoah denier on the UWS sends spam emails to PTA of UES school

By Melvyn Kohn
February 11, 2011

Melinda Batelli-Scopaz, the parent of a kindergartener at PS 290 on the Upper East Side, decided that one of her fellow parents with a child in the school was not too bright. In fact, in a New York Times article of 26 January, by Fernanda Santos and Noah Rosenberg, she says she 'came to the conclusion that this guy is a moron.'
The 'moron' in question is Michael Santomauro, who is the editorial director of the American division of Theses & Dissertations Press, which publishes Shoah sceptics who live in countries where denial is a crime.
But she is not calling him a moron just for his opinions on that matter - he in fact sent a mass email promoting a book titled "Debating the Holocaust: A look at both sides" by Thomas Dalton, PhD.
Some of the parents called the ADL, which already had him classified as a 'hard-core Holocaust denier."
Santomauro, who has had protestors chant "evict the nazi" outside his flat, claims he has received threatening phone calls, and has filed a police report. He asserts that the mass emails was a mistake on his part and has agreed not to send anymore to the PTA at PS 290.
Echoes here of Dr (why do these people have PhDs?) Nicholas Kollerstrom, who was kicked out of Univeristy College London in 2008. He promptly gave an interview Daniella Peled at the JC, which brought the matter to closure until the Evening Standard promised him a chance to air his views. Ironically, the JC interview was balanced and fair, which Kollerstrom himself admitted; the ES piece, by Robert Mendick, made him out to be a monster, and caused him much grief. The experience actually made him appreciate us, with whom he had always had a good relationship until he was outed. He claims he was never an anti-Semite but truly believed the CODOH claims and wanted to correct the account, though he never took the trouble to go to Auschwitz or interview survivors.
Few of these people do. What makes them tick I do not know...


Michael Santomauro

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 03:24

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To The Editor,
From Steven Goldberg:

A Fellow MNS Parent Says in MY Defense:

Let me see if I understand what reporter Fernanda Santos wrote in today's Times ( E-Mail About Book Questioning the Holocaust Shakes School ). It seems that web journalist and book editor, Michael Santomauro, inadvertently sent an E-mail to all the names on the PTA mailing list of his son's school, P.S. 290, asking them that they read a book that he publishes entitled ''Debating the Holocaust''. Although Mr. Santomauro apologized for his mistake, Ms. Santos tells readers that, ''Still the damage was done ''. What damage are we talking can anyone be damaged by being asked to read a book? Ms. Santos then tells us that the school's principal was in the process of contacting the ADL in order to '' seek further clarity ''. Clarity about what?

Ms. Santos goes on to say that the ADL regional director, Ron Meir described Mr. Santomauro using a term borrowed from the porn industry, as '' a hard core Holocaust denier ''. To her credit Ms. Santos does tell us that Mr. Santomauro insists that he does not deny the holocaust but merely wants to encourage debate on the subject. In closing a parent Melinda Batelli-Scopaz is quoted as follows '' this guy is a moron ''. No mention is made of whether or not Ms. Batelli-Scopaz holds any academic credentials in either psychology or history that would give any credence to her assertion'.

What sort of TRUTH is it that crushes the freedom to seek the truth?

jose (not verified)

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 06:34

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What sort of TRUTH is it that crushes the freedom to seek the truth?

And what sort of 'truth' can come out of Shoah-denial, idiot?

jose (not verified)

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 06:54

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I am beginning to worry that the JC blogs are becoming a magnet for deranged people like this 'Michael Santomauro' idiot.
Haven't these antisemites enough room on the Internet to express their despicable hate? Does a Jewish Journal have to offer them one more tribune?

jose (not verified)

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 07:06

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The book recommended by the 'Michael Santomauro' idiot has this statement in the first chapter:

The total number of Jewish deaths at the hands of the Nazis—the “six million” number—has been highly exaggerated. The actual death toll was perhaps 10 percent of this figure: on the order of 500,000.

The EU working definition of antisemitism has this:

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

No dout the author of the book is an antisemite. And any idiot who participate to the spreading of such hateful propaganda are also antisemites. And in this case, hard core Holocaust deniers.


Tue, 02/15/2011 - 08:26

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Only bent-knee Jews give space for such scum to air their 'views'.


Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:30

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