The Holocaust Story

If the Holocaust was an event in history, it should be open to the routine critical examination to which all other historical events are open. Those who feel it right to argue against the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans should be free to do so. No one should be imprisoned for thought crimes. Contrary to how Hollywood and the Israeli-Firsters have it, the Holocaust story is not about Jews. It’s about Jews and Germans together, inseparable, for all time to come.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Pierre Vidal-Naquet wants to strangle, crush, kill Faurisson

Robert FAURISSON January 6, 2006

The whole back page of today’s French daily Libération is devoted to Pierre Vidal-Naquet.

The article is by Judith Rueff and headed “L’antimythe” (“The antimyth”). Above the heading: “Pierre Vidal-Naquet, aged 75, historian and Hellenist. Fierce opponent of torture during the war in Algeria, he has never since stopped fighting all falsifications”.

Extracts of the article: “His job of historian is to demystify […]. Let him look into Atlantis (‘my best book and doubtless the last’), to decrypt the Platonic invention of the lost continent and see in it a portent of National-Socialist madness. Same thing when he morally crushes Faurisson and the deniers of the Nazi genocide. ‘One of the things in my life that I take pride in’ ”.

On the paper’s website (http://www.liberation.fr/) a single short audio segment of the interview may be heard, and it is devoted to me and the “negationists”, that is, the revisionists.

Extracts of the recording: “Faurisson was an absolutely hateful and abject being”. “If I had got Faurisson in my hands, I wouldn’t have hesitated to strangle him”. On the subject of the “negationists”, P. Vidal-Naquet declares: “They have to be fought and crushed like cockroaches [...]. The one who’s really killed them is me; everyone recognises it, including them, and it’s one of the things in my life that I take pride in”.

The day before yesterday, January 4 (p. 9), the writer of an article entitled “Libération contre Faurisson” announced that Eric de Rothschild’s newspaper was bringing charges against me because “in the December 6th issue of the Holocaust denial publication Dubitando, close to Robert Faurisson,” there appeared the copy of an article, by the same Judith Rueff, devoted to Simon Wiesenthal.

However, I am not in charge of that little review — which, incidentally, is quite well put together — and have nothing to do with its circulation. Without asking my permission, Dubitando publishes articles by me and other revisionists that have probably been picked up on the Internet.

NB: On Jewish violence see Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Political Assassinations by Jews / A Rhetorical Device for Justice, State University of New York, 1993, XX-527 p., and Robert Faurisson, “Jewish Militants: Fifteen Years, and More, of Terrorism in France” [written in June 1995], The Journal of Historical Review, March-April 1996, p. 2-13.

6 Comments:

  • At 8:14 AM, Blogger Andrew E. Mathis said…

    Bradley,

    Don't you think Faurisson's misrepresenting Vidal-Naquet's words here? He's presenting V-N's argument literally, when clearly, anyone who can understand French knows that he's speaking figuratively.

    Do you speak French? Or did Faurisson "translate" the text for you? Because I'll tell you: He's done a really bad job of translating things from French to English in the past. Particularly from Pressac. I can give examples.

    As for Faurisson being a person who draws violence, I can tell you that I have heard this from deniers and anti-deniers alike. He's obnoxious, pokes people with his finger to enunciate his points, and is generally hostile to everyone who disagrees with him, be they ally or enemy. It is for this reason why Faurisson has been met with violence -- not his opinions.

    Faurisson does your "movement" no more favors than do open National Socialists like Weber and Zündel. If Faurisson is the "Dean" of Holocaust Revisionism, then I suggest that's a college that lacks accrediation.

    a.m.

     
  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger Bradley R. Smith said…

    Andrew: I don't read French. I don't know who translated the article. With regard to Faurisson's worth in the stand-off between those who believe the gas-chamber stories and those who do not, we can read Faurisson's published work, we can read yours, and each of us will decide which is more convincing. Not everyone will decide the same way.

     
  • At 10:22 AM, Blogger Bradley R. Smith said…

    I forgot to mention the obvious: Faurisson has been prosecuted again and again by the French government for what he has said, not for poking his finger in someone's chest.

    Suggestion: if you want to address me personally, it would be best if you do so on MY LIFE AS A HOLOCAUST REVISIONIST.

     
  • At 11:58 AM, Blogger Andrew E. Mathis said…

    Bradley,

    I wanted to address this article and not you, necessarily.

    I do appreciate your appeal to pity, however. All of the government suppression in the world won't make Faurisson right.

    a.m.

     
  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Bradley R. Smith said…

    Andrew: I agree. "All of the government suppression in the world won't make Faurisson right."

    It should be obvious that all the government suppression in the world won't make Faurisson wrong. So--those who are interested will read Faurisson's published work, they will read your published work, and they will decide for themselves who they trust. In a free society, that's how it's supposed to work.

     
  • At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anyone who writes that Faurisson is so irritating in person that he deserves to be hounded by the authorities and beaten by thugs, is not only missing the point (as Bradley has pointed out), but also has either never met Faurisson or is egregiously misstating the facts. Faurisson's courage is not from swagger or physical intimidation, but rather from mental toughness and acumen. Those who describe him as physically intimidating do so because they are unable to show him or draw him a Nazi gas chamber. The very suggestion that he goes around threatening others is ludicrous.

     

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