Joint Statement on Dealing with Holocaust Revisionism



Joint Statement
on Dealing with Holocaust Revisionism




Ever since World War II various extremist, often neo-Nazi groups have sought to deny the   crimes of the Nazis, particularly the attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. We condemn   these prejudiced efforts and the racial hatred they would incite.


In the 1970"s, proponents of Holocaust denial began to camouflage their message of hatred   and antisemitism under a veneer of scholarly terminology in order to regain respectability.   Rather than stating their beliefs straightforwardly, they began to call themselves   "historical revisionists," pretending to be interested in challenging and   "revising" common understandings of the period.


In this guise of holocaust revisionism, the denials of the evils perpetrated by Nazism   against so many peoples and groups in Europe sought to rehabilitate the tattered image of   National Socialism (Nazism). To some extent they succeeded in getting their views considered   in unsuspecting academic symposia that took their claims to scholarly integrity at face   value.


Increasingly blocked from academic fore as word spread, the Holocaust deniers have   adopted a new tactic, placing advertisements in college newspapers. Again hiding their true   intent under more respectable guise, such as so-called committees for "open   debate" on the Holocaust, the unsolicited ads deny the reality of the gas chambers and   of Nazi genocide.


The deniers then argue that the First Amendment should be read to impel university and   college publications to publish whatever material they may choose to provide. This is a   perversion of the First Amendment. All educational institutions and their publications,   whether official or student-sponsored, should unconditionally reject any efforts to deny the   horrifying realities of the Holocaust.


Approved March 14, 1994