Robert Faurisson's visit closes Italian university

Friday May 18, 2007

Preliminary comments

The Authoritarian Puppeteer

Mel Fowler Sunday, 20 May 2007 7:57 AM

 

The response of a promoter of Holocaust lies to a Holocaust "denier" is easily seen by the non-participating bystander as insane behavior, which in a more familiar context, may be recognized by everyone but the maniac instigator, as crazy. In other situations, the authorities responsible for defusing maniacal outbursts, come and take away the maniac, in a straight jacket if required, to be confined until the maniacal phase is passed.

 

But if the mania is imposed under color of authority, as here at the universty at Teramo, and publicised broadly to an ignorant, brainwashed public, it is more likely to be seen as righteous and legal suppression by the authorities, of vicious antisocial ideas.

 

That is a dramatic example of one of the superbly effective uses of an authoritarian social system, to make oppressive behavior appear to be righteous behavor, an example of what authoritarianism is, and always has been, for. An authoritarian system of social control and an ignorant, cowering public go hand in glove. It has always seemed odd to me that the Holocaust family of lies contnues to work so well. I may be finally waking up to the correct conclusion that there is no room for optimism that the public will finally come to its senses. That optimism I now see as perhaps the last stand of my early liberalism. 

 

 

Peter Wakefield Sault Saturday, 19 May 2007 9:03 PM

One man's "Holocaust Denial" is another man's protestation of innocence. Why should protestation of innocence be a crime?

If new evidence is sufficient to warrant it then there should always be scope for a retrial.

There should be no limit to anyone's right to protest the innocence of another person, no matter how many courts have found the accused guilty.

This is a far more basic and significant right than that of 'Holocaust' promoters to remain unchallenged.

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Retired French professor Robert Faurisson, with pin-striped suit, gestures as he speaks to journalists about Nazis during World War II, outside the University of Teramo campus in Teramo, central Italy, Friday May 18, 2007. The university closed one of its campuses for the day Friday, to prevent a planned lecture organized by sociology department faculty member Claudio Moffa, held by Faurisson who denies gas chambers were used in Nazi concentration camps. Robert Faurisson, who has been convicted five times in France for denying crimes against humanity, had been expected to speak at a local hotel instead but that conference too was later canceled after scuffles with protesters. AP Photo / Lucinao Adriani.

Italian university bars Holocaust denier

By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press Writer Fri May 18, 4:10 PM ET

ROME - An Italian university closed one of its campuses for the day Friday to prevent a planned lecture by a retired French professor who denies gas chambers were used in Nazi concentration camps.

Robert Faurisson, who has been convicted five times in France for denying crimes against humanity, had been expected to speak at a local hotel instead but that conference too was later canceled after scuffles with protesters.

Faurisson had been invited to lecture at the University of Teramo, in central Italy, by Claudio Moffa, a professor of Asian and African history and director of a master's program in Middle East studies.

The university cited security fears surrounding the lecture in announcing the closure of its campus housing the law, political science and communications departments.

"(There is) a climate of tension which could put in danger the safety of the students," the university said.

Police in Teramo said Moffa and Faurisson had to be escorted out of a cafe off campus where they were having a small news conference Friday after a group of about 100 people protested in the street, shouting insults at them.

Moffa was pushed by a protester, said police official Mimmo De Carolis. When reached by telephone, Moffa said the lecture had been canceled because of the attack, but gave no other details.

Faurisson has caused outrage in France, arguing for a decade against evidence that Nazi Germany systematically destroyed the Jews. He maintains that no gas chambers were used in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

The university administration had issued an official warning to Moffa to cancel the invitation, arguing that Faurisson's qualifications were "absolutely inadequate and don't deserve academic legitimization."

Moffa had cited his right to teach freely in defending his invitation to Faurisson.

"I want to specify that I am not a denier, but I think it is fair to allow a free debate and different interpretations of historical events," Moffa wrote on his Web site.

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center had urged the university to cancel the event.

"To welcome Faurisson is an embarrassment to Italian academia, offends the families of Italian martyrs who fell in fighting the scourge of fascism ... and encourages a perverse propaganda to incite a new generation to anti-Semitism and racist doctrine," the center said.

Last year, Faurisson took part in a conference in

Iran, which gathered some of the most well-known U.S. and European Holocaust deniers to debate whether the World War II genocide of Jews took place.

The gathering touched off a firestorm of indignation across the world and particularly in Europe, where many countries have made it a crime to publicly disavow the Nazis' systematic extermination of 6 million Jews.

Retired French professor Robert Faurisson delivers his comment at a conference on the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran, in this Dec. 12, 2006 file photo. An Italian university, the University of Teramo, closed one of its campuses for the day Friday, May 18, 2007 to prevent a planned lecture by Faurisson, the retired French professor who denies gas chambers were used in Nazi concentration camps. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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University bars Holocaust denier

Sat, 19 May 2007 14:27:01
 

An Italian university has closed one of its campuses to prevent a planned lecture by a controversial French professor and Holocaust denier.

Robert Faurisson had been invited to lecture on Friday at the University of Teramo, in central Italy, by Claudio Moffa, a professor of Asian and African history and director of a master's program in Middle East studies, AP reported.

The university cited security fears surrounding the lecture in announcing the closure of its campus housing the law, political science and communications departments.

Moffa and Faurisson had to be escorted out of a cafe off campus where they were having a small news conference on Friday after a group of about 100 people protested in the street, Police in Teramo said.

Faurisson says that Nazi gas chambers are a fiction and that most of the Jews who were killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp died of natural causes.

Professor Moffa, who organised the lecture, was formally warned to cancel the invitation but insisted he had a right to academic independence.

"Are you so convinced of your truths?" Moffa was quoted as telling the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa. "Then why don't you come and pull him to pieces?"

"I think it is fair to allow a free debate and different interpretations of historical events," Moffa wrote on his Web site.

Last year, Faurisson took part in a conference in Iran, which gathered some of the most well-known US and European Holocaust deniers to debate whether the World War II genocide of Jews took place.

HRF/HSH

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Partie 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0oN8ZGO1zI

Partie 2 avec interview Faurisson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRs4VVzHXGk&mode=related&search=

Partie 3, sur autre chaine de TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdddjFRrKbY&mode=related&search=

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A step too far?

John Hooper

May 18, 2007 9:00 PM

Should Holocaust deniers be prevented from airing their views? And, if so, how far is it right to go in stopping them? The questions arise because of what happened over here on Thursday night in the central Italian university city of Teramo.

Robert Faurisson, a retired academic who has been convicted five times in his native France for denying crimes against humanity, had been invited by a member of the staff to give a lecture. His host is one Claudio Moffa, a professor who run the university's master's programme in Middle Eastern studies.

Moffa was asked by the university authorities to think again. He refused. So the rector, Mauro Mattioli, decided the only thing left was to temporarily shut down the university, which he did.

He said his decision was forced on him by security considerations. In a statement, the university authorities spoke of a "climate of tension that could endanger the safety of students".

Indeed, when Faurisson tried earlier today to speak at a hotel, there were scuffles with protesters and the event was cancelled. However, it is also worth noting that the rector had been given a clear indication by Italy's centre-left government of what was expected of him.

In a letter quoted by La Repubblica, the higher education minister, Fabio Mussi, said "inviting to an Italian campus a figure ... who denies the gravity of the Shoah has no academic merit, but merely bears witness to a mediocre provocation".

For professor Moffa, on the other hand, it is a question of academic and intellectual freedom. His website vaunts a declaration of support for his initiative, signed by more than 20 other Italian academics.

The professor claims that he is not himself a Holocaust denier. But his most recent relevant posting to the site is entitled "Why Faurisson and the 'deniers' convince me more and more".

Picking up on the prison sentence given to David Irving and the various penalties inflicted on his guest, he poses the following question: "Why is ... judicial harassment that smacks of manic obsession necessary if the arguments of Faurisson and Co are indeed 'unfounded'?"

Answers anyone?

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/john_hooper/2007/05/a_step_too_far.html

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 Dopo la denuncia de Il Tempo

Annullata a Teramo la lezione del negazionista della Shoah

ANNULLATA la conferenza dello storico negazionista Robert Faurisson. Ieri Il Tempo, raccogliendo la denuncia dell’Anti Defamation League sottolineava il fatto che a fronte di un «anti semitismo strisciante» in un ateneo italiano potesse prendere la parola come «storico» un professore che nega l’Olocausto. Ieri pomeriggio il preside della Facoltà di Scienze politiche dell’università di Teramo, Adolfo Pepe, ha riunito d'urgenza il Collegio di Presidenza, alla presenza del rettore dell'Ateneo teramano Mauro Mattioli per affrontare la questione.

Al termine della riunione il Rettore ha preso atto della denuncia forte e unanime del Collegio, secondo il quale «le competenze scientifiche di Faurisson appaiono del tutto inadeguate e assolutamente non meritevoli di alcuna legittimazione accademica. L'invito del professor Moffa a Robert Faurisson - ha aggiunto il Collegio - oltre a contraddire profondamente le tradizioni culturali e i valori di riferimento della Facoltà di Scienze politiche di Teramo, ha creato un gravissimo disagio ed un forte allarme nella comunità di Ateneo, compresi gli studenti, e nella più vasta opinione pubblica e scientifica nazionale e internazionale».

Per questi motivi il rettore Mauro Mattioli, anche alla luce della incongruenza della lezione di Faurisson con gli obiettivi formativi del Corso di laurea e delle forti preoccupazioni espresse dal Collegio per i possibili gravi problemi di ordine pubblico che la presenza di Faurisson potrebbe provocare, invierà al professor Claudio Moffa una formale ingiunzione perché si astenga dal far tenere a Robert Faurisson una lezione all'Università di Teramo.

Contro la conferenza del negazionista all’università di Terma c’era stato anche un appello firmato tra gli altri da ex deportati, dal presidente dell'Unione comunità ebraiche italiane, Renzo Gattegna e dal presidente della Comunità ebraica di Roma, Leone Paserman. Secondo i firmatari «le sedi universitarie devono essere spazi di libertà di pensiero», ma allo stesso tempo «la serietà, il rigore metodologico e scientifico devono rappresentare un elemento di discrimine irrinunciabile». «È grave - conclude l'appello - che tesi insostenibili e falsificatorie come quelle sostenute e diffuse da Faurisson, dimostratesi false e pretestuose nonchè contrarie ai risultati di decenni di ricerche condotte da storici specialisti di tutti i paesi, ottengano la legittimazione implicita nel fatto che vengano enunciate in un'aula universitaria».

interni@iltempo.it mercoledì 16 maggio 2007

http://www.iltempo.it/approfondimenti/index.aspx?id=1195705

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Italian campus denies denier

An Italian university shut down to prevent a lecture by a Holocaust denier.

The head of the University of Teramo, in central Italy, ordered the shutdown Friday after it failed to dissuade Robert Faurisson from appearing. Faurisson, who has been prosecuted in his native France for arguing that the Nazi gas chambers were a myth, had been invited by a history professor at the university.

Jewish groups said the invitation was unbecoming of a serious academic institution.

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/101921.html

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Italien: Uni verhindert Vorlesung von Holocaust-Leugner

Rom. AP/baz. Um die geplante Vorlesung eines französischen Holocaust-Leugners zu verhindern, ist ein Teil der italienischen Universität Teramo am Freitag geschlossen worden. In einer Erklärung hieß es, die Stimmung sei so aufgeladen, daß die Sicherheit der Studenten nicht garantiert werden könne. Robert Faurisson, der in Frankreich schon fünf Mal wegen Leugnung von Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit verurteilt wurde, war von einem Professor der Hochschule nordöstlich von Rom zu einem Vortrag eingeladen worden.

Dies zog heftige Proteste nach sich, insbesondere auch von Seiten des Simon-Wiesenthal-Zentrums. Der emeritierte französische Professor hat stets bestritten, daß es in den Konzentrationslagern der deutschen Nationalsozialisten Gaskammern gegeben hat.

http://www.baz.ch/news/index.cfm?ObjectID=9F35E377-1422-0CEF-704AC0C93F8FD5D6

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- an academic exuding pure hatred -

Here is a  voice of pure hatred from an alleged academic who still gets mind-boggled and is still frightened by things...

Professor Deborah Lipstadt speaks -

>>It's hard to believe but Robert Faurisson, an unabashed Holocaust denier who has been convicted five times in France for denying crimes against humanity, was invited to lecture at the University of Teramo.

He was scheduled to speak today but the university, claiming security fears, closed down for the day.

The picture comes from the Iranian Holocaust denial conference [note the so-called rabbis behind them]. The woman is Lady Renouf, whom my defense team dubbed Brunhilda during the trial. [For more on her see my book History on Trial, pp. 128, 178, 294, 296-97]

What I find most mind-boggling is that Faurisson was invited to give a lecture at the university by Claudio Moffa, a professor of Asian and African history and director of a master's program in Middle East studies.

That's the frightening aspect. I have no idea of Moffa's views on the Middle East. But if he chose to extend an invitation to someone such a Faurisson, an avowed denier, Moffa's academic credentials are certainly called into question.

[I spent a day with Faurisson in Vichy when I was doing research for Denying the Holocaust. I found him to be a vile human being.]<<

http://lipstadt.blogspot.com/2007/05/holocaust-denier-robert-faurisson.html

Fredrick Töben comments:

I attended a conference at which Robert Faurisson made mention of this meeting with Lipstadt. He had asked Lipstadt: >>Are you married?<<  to which she replied: >>No!<< The insinuation was that it was obvious why she could not get herself a man!

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AFP News brief

Internet censorship grows worldwide: study

Internet censorship is growing worldwide, with 26 out of 40 countries blocking or filtering political or social content, a study reported Friday.
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