Holocaust denial

Greek priest's antisemitic rant condemned

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

The Greek government has described an antisemitic and Holocaust-denying slur by one of the country’s senior religious figures on national television as “unacceptable” and an insult to Greek culture.

Earlier this week the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim, a high-level priest, said in an interview on the country’s most influential television station that “Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism.”


Antisemitic 'Holocaust denier' in charge of WikiLeaks Russian distribution

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

An antisemitic writer who has been described by anti-Fascist campaigners as a Holocaust denier is believed to be working as a Russian distributor for WikiLeaks.

Israel Shamir, a Swedish resident who also uses the names Jöran Jermas and Adam Ermash, has been identified as the WikiLeaks staff member responsible for choosing which leaked documents are distributed in Russia.

It is also claimed that his journalist son Johannes Wahlström, known to share some of Mr Shamir’s views and previously criticised for faking reports, works for WikiLeaks in Scandinavia.


Dons deny denial

November 19, 2010

As the Oxford historians responsible for teaching the course on nazi Germany mentioned by Michael Pinto-Duschinsky (How Historians Remove Stains, JC June 11) we are astonished that the JC would publish something so misleading.


Holocaust denial in decline, says historian

October 7, 2010

Holocaust denial is slowly becoming a thing of the past, according to a leading authority who claims there are only three or four "pure denial experts".

Dr Nicholas Terry, founder of the anti-denial blog Holocaust Controversies, told a Leicester University conference that denial these days has "great brand recognition, but almost zero customers".

Dr Terry, a historian at Exeter University, said: "My assessment is that there have been around 100 authors since the 1940s who have written what can be considered pure denial books or pamphlets.


Hall of Infamy: David Irving

September 13, 2010

"I have been a historian for 40 years, I know a fake when I see it.

"When you look at old photographs of Auschwitz, those towers aren't on the photographs."


Ahmadinejad: 'Zionists' told of 9/11 in advance

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

The Iranian president has accused “Zionists” of knowing about the September 11 terror attacks in advance and reiterated his denial of the Holocaust.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a conference in Tehran that no “Zionists” were killed in the World Trade Center, because "one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace".

Five Israelis were killed when the two planes were flown into the Twin Towers in 2001.

Mr Ahmadinejad also claimed that there were no reports that revealed the names of the around 3,000 victims.


Facebook page promoted 'Auschwitz spa'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2010

A Facebook page advertising the “Auschwitz Spa” as a “slimming” place has been removed following complaints by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The page, created by French-speaking users of the social networking site, encouraged people to “come visit our new spa centre at Auschwitz”, the death camp where the Nazis murdered more than 1.3 million people.

The creators had even added a heart icon at the end of the title.


Martin Amis's blond moment

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

One of the week's highlights was Martin Amis's talk at London's Wiener Library about his Shoah novel, Time's Arrow. Amis, arguing that the Nazi genocide defied explanation, said he was re-reading Sir Martin Gilbert's history of the Holocaust with the same incredulity as when he had first read it 20 years before.

He asked his first questions about the Nazis when seven years old. "Don't worry," his mother had told him. "You are blond, with blue eyes. Hitler would have loved you."


BBC botches Big Questions Gaza programme

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

The BBC was unable to broadcast a programme in which a Gaza flotilla participant was forced to defend himself against allegations of Holocaust denial because of transmission problems.

Ismail Patel, chairman of the Leicester-based Friends of Al Aqsa group, appeared on Sunday's episode of The Big Questions to discuss the topic "Is Israel acting immorally?".

Among those defending Israel were Jonathan Hoffman of the Zionist Federation, Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet and Shoah survivor Martin Stern.


How historians remove stains

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, June 10, 2010

Holocaust history remains a vicious political battlefield. Memory and truth are under assault not only by the blunt frontal attacks of those who deny the gas chambers; there is a second form of Holocaust writing even more pernicious because its distortions and interpretations are more subtle.