Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Challenge to Iran

I'd like to issue this challenge to the Government of Iran. I will make the same case in a letter to Iran's embassy in Ottawa.
I will complete my doctorate in History in the next few months. My thesis area is on censorship in World War II in Canada. One of my comprehensive fields is on the immediate post-war period in Europe.
I wish to participate in this conference. I will argue conclusively that millions of Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany. Many were worked to death as slaves. Millions more died in killing factories. Special railway lines were built to these slave and murder camps. Millions of people who were alive in 1940 were never seen again. Documentary, forensic and archaeological evidence exists to prove this. Among the documents are confessions by the perpetrators, a massive amount of eyewitness testimony, and the records of the German regime and German industries.
I am willing to pay my travel and accommodation costs if the Government of Iran is too impecunious to cover them.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The Holocaust is now a subject of serious debate, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.
Iran has invited scholars from 30 countries to attend a conference starting on Monday about the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis.
"For 60 years talking about the Holocaust was a crime in the West but now there is a serious debate about the Holocaust in the media and also in political and popular meetings," state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
Ahmadinejad sparked an international outcry by referring to the Holocaust as a "myth" and saying Israel should be relocated to Europe or North America.
"Even some Western politicians have declared that the original foundation of the Zionist regime (Israel) was a mistake," he said on Saturday.
Ahmadinejad has said his questioning of the Holocaust is aimed at encouraging scholarly debate and an examination of the reasons behind the creation of the state of Israel.
Deputy Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mohammadi has said the Holocaust conference will look at issues such as "whether the gas chambers were actually used by the Nazis".
The conference has been condemned by various countries and organizations. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack described it as "disgraceful."
"It is just flabbergasting that ... the leadership of the regime continues to deny that 6 million plus people were killed in the Holocaust," he told reporters on Friday.
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the British Holocaust Educational Trust, called the Iranian conference "ridiculous".
"Denial of the Holocaust is a virulent form of anti-Semitism," she said in a statement. "It is not only deeply offensive to Holocaust survivors but to any right-minded human being."
Iran was also sharply criticised for hosting a cartoon competition on the Holocaust this year.

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