Elie Wiesel: One More Lie

Published: 1999-10-20
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Robert Faurisson is Europe's foremost Holocaust revisionist scholar. Born in 1929, he was educated at the Paris Sorbonne, and served as a professor at the University of Lyon in France from 1974 until 1990. He was a specialist of text and document analysis. His writings on the Holocaust issue have appeared in several books and numerous scholarly articles, many of which have been published in this Journal. A four-volume collection of many of his revisionist writings, Ecrits Revisionnistes (1974-1998), was published in 1999.

The Elie Wiesel item is a translation and adaptation of a piece originally written in February 1996, and published in Rivarol, March 15, 1996, p. 2. The item about Rossel and Lanzmann [next paper; ed.] is adapted from a text originally written on June 25, 1999.

On February 7, 1996, Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and professor at Boston University, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Jules Verne University at Picardy, France. Reporting on the speech delivered by Wiesel on that occasion, the local newspaper (Le Courrier Picard, Feb. 9, 1996) informed readers:

One question the public was anxious be answered: “And what do you make of the emergence of revisionist and Holocaust denying tendencies?” Wiesel responded: “Those are [the work of] virulent and vicious anti-Semites, organized and well-financed. On the day I received the Nobel Prize there were hundreds in the street demonstrating against me. Never will I afford them the dignity of a debate. These are morally sick individuals. While I am able to fight against injustice, I have no idea how to go about fighting against ugliness.”

Here one can see Elie Wiesel’s typical phraseology, but his statement that “on the day I received the Nobel Prize there were hundreds in the street demonstrating against me” is something new, and constitutes yet one more lie by this “prominent false witness,” as I have called him, or “Shoah merchant” as Pierre Vidal-Naquet (in an interview with M. Folco, in Zéro, April 1987, p. 57) has called him.

As someone who was present in Oslo at the site of the award ceremony in December 1986, I am able to report that the number of protesters there was precisely zero. Three persons did show up to distribute a leaflet, printed in both Swedish and English, entitled “Elie Wiesel: A Prominent False Witness” [also available as an IHR leaflet]. All three of these persons were Frenchmen: Pierre Guillaume, Serge Thion and myself.

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Author(s) Robert Faurisson
Title Elie Wiesel: One More Lie
Sources The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 18, no. 3 (May/June 1999), p. 28
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Dates published: 1999-10-20, first posted on CODOH: Feb. 6, 2013, 6 p.m., last revision: n/a
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