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Dec. 24, 2000. A prominent Swiss revisionist author who fled his homeland rather than serve a 15-month prison sentence for "Holocaust denial" has been welcomed in Iran.
Rather than begin serving the politically-motivated prison term that was to commence in October of 2000, former Swiss school teacher Jürgen Graf is staying in the Iranian capital city of Tehran at the invitation of a group of Iranian scholars and university professors who are sympathetic to World War Two revisionism. (Contrary to some reports, he has not been given political asylum in Iran, nor has he requested it.)
Graf has written an 80-page overview of the history and impact of World War Two revisionism that is being translated into Persian and Arabic for distribution to scholars, journalists and religious and political leaders. Graf will also be giving lectures at Iranian universities. He is learning Persian (Farsi) in an intensive study course [Graf is fluent in 18 languages].
Graf arrived in Iran on November 17, 2000, concluding a journey that had taken him to Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. He is impressed with the hospitality and helpfulness of his hosts, as well as with the orderliness, cleanliness and sense of security in the Iranian capital.
At the conclusion of his thought crime trial in July 1998, a court in the Swiss town of Baden sentenced Graf to 15 months imprisonment and imposed a heavy fine because of his revisionist writings. Born in 1951, Graf is an educator, researcher and author of several books, including "Holocaust on the Stand," which has appeared in more than half a dozen languages. In March 1993, following publication of the 112-page German edition, he was summarily dismissed from his post as a secondary school teacher of Latin and French.
In December 1994 the French-language edition, "L'Holocauste au scanner," was banned in France by order of the country's Interior Ministry. Some 200,000 copies of an expanded edition of this work have been published and distributed in Russia under the title "The Myth of the Holocaust."
In recent years Graf has examined the sites of numerous wartime German camps, and has carried out historical research at archives in Poland, Russia, and other countries.During the coming months he intends to bring out, in collaboration with Carlo Mattogno and Richard Krege, a book about Treblinka, the wartime German camp in Poland where, it is widely alleged, more than 750,000 Jews were killed between July 1942 and April 1943.
In several countries, including Germany, France, occupied Palestine, Austria and Switzerland, it is a crime publicly to dispute standard "Holocaust" claims that six million Jews were systematically killed during World War II, most of them in gas chambers. Numerous writers and publishers have been fined or imprisoned for "Holocaust denial." These one-sided thought crime laws are the result of a well-organized campaign by the World Jewish Congress and other powerful Jewish organizations.
Awareness of the importance of World War Two atrocity propaganda as a key tool of Israeli and Zionist interests is growing throughout the Muslim world. This was manifest, for example, during the 1998 show trial in Paris of the prominent French-Muslim scholar Roger Garaudy, who was fined $40,000 for writing the book, "The Founding Myths of Modern Israel," which presents compelling evidence refuting the orthodox gas chamber story and other historical legends.
Religious and political leaders, scholars and journalists in Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and other countries expressed support for Garaudy and WWII revisionism. In Iran, 600 journalists and 160 members of parliament signed petitions backing Garaudy, and during a visit to the country, he was received by the nation's chief of state, Ayatollah Khamenei, who congratulated the French scholar.
Iran's official radio voice to the world, IRIB, has in recent years expressed support for World War Two revisionism by broadcasting sympathetic interviews with leading revisionist scholars and activists. Several interviews with revisionist historian Mark Weber have been aired on the English-language service, and similar interviews have been broadcast with Ernst Zündel in German and with Ahmed Rami in Arabic. IRIB short-wave reaches millions of listeners in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
An editorial on WWII history in the English-language Iranian paper "Kayhan International," Dec. 6, 1999, commented sympathetically on revisionism, and criticized German government persecution of Dr. Fredrick Töben and others who dispute homicidal gas chamber claims. The paper called Töben an "Australian historian of German origin who is known for his authoritative research... He was jailed and he was fined for having exposed the fabrications of the gas chambers where, Zionist propaganda says, six million Jews perished..."
The paper referred to the "preposterous figure of six million," and praised revisionist scholars for their "courageous research and highlighting of facts of the Second World War."
On May 1, 2000, the Iranian embassy in Vienna granted refuge to an Austrian engineer, Wolfgang Fröhlich, who had been hounded for expressing dissident views on history. At Graf's 1998 trial, Fröhlich had testified that, for technical reasons, mass gassings with Zyklon could not have been carried out in the German wartime camps as alleged. In his request for asylum, he reported that he had been offered $5 million to repudiate his expert testimony in the Graf trial, and instead state that mass killings with Zyklon could somehow have happened as claimed.
The warm welcome being given to Jürgen Graf in Iran is not only a dramatic expression of support for intellectual freedom and human rights, it further refutes the often-made claim that World War Two revisionism has no significant public or scholarly support.
--Via Orest Slepokura
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