Dr. Robert Faurisson has told me that you wish to learn of the extent of
endorsement, by his colleagues, of the recent remarks of Iran's President
Ahmadinejad on the subject of the Jewish "Holocaust". I base my comments here on
the reports on these remarks that I have read in the Western press.
In 1976 I published a book entitled
The Hoax of the Twentieth Century,
in which I argued:
1. The alleged slaughter of millions of Jews by the Germans, during World War
II, did not happen.
2. The extermination allegation is properly termed a hoax, that is to say, a
deliberately contrived falsehood. It was not at its source an honest
misunderstanding or accidental falsehood.
3. The hoax had a Zionist provenance and motivation. That is, while some of the
original obscure stories did not come from Zionist sources, the elevation to
allegations repeated by the American and other governments, and major
institutions, was due to Zionist circles within those countries, who acted with
I continue to maintain those three theses, which have become core features
of what is called "Holocaust" revisionism. Apart from some nuances of wording,
the three theses were repeated by President Ahmadinejad. Therefore, there can be
no question that I endorse his remarks in those respects.
In the years since the publication of my book in 1976, there were two
developments that I did not expect:
4. Western countries undertook a massive repression of revisionism. In some
cases, particularly in Europe, legally formulated persecution has sent
revisionists to prison, in blatant contradiction of the sermons we have given
the rest of the world on "human rights" and "freedom". In other cases,
revisionists have been ruined professionally with the cooperation of government
5. The cognizance of the "Holocaust" in the West was transformed into a loud,
never-ending series of ceremonies that can only be interpreted as religious in
President Ahmadinejad's remarks also included the last two observations,
so of course I also endorse the remarks in those respects. I congratulate him on
becoming the first head of state to speak out clearly on these issues, and
regret only that it was not a Western head of state.
His political remarks receive no comment on my side. By "political remarks" I
mean those that deal with questions of what ought to happen now.
Arthur R. Butz
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern
University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA