[French Publisher on Trial for Cartoon]

Published: 1993-11-01

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“Where are the gas chambers?,” asks an American soldier at the “Liberation of Buchenwald.” This cartoon by a prominent female artist who uses the pen name “Chard,” is from the French paper Rivarol, July 2, 1993.

Not long after it appeared, French authorities summoned the artist to question her about this drawing. Even though no serious historian now contends that anyone was killed in gas chambers at Buchenwald, it appears that her cartoon may have violated France's Fabius/Gayssot law of July 1990, which makes it a crime to contest the “crimes against humanity” as specified by the Nuremberg Tribunal.

On September 6, a French court ordered Robert Faurisson and Rivarol to each pay a fine of 19,750 francs (about $3,950) because the paper had published a mildly revisionist article by Faurisson.


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Author(s): Mark Weber
Title: [French Publisher on Trial for Cartoon]
Sources: The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 13, no. 6 (November/December 1993), p. 24
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Published: 1993-11-01
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