More Student Papers Publish Smith's 'Open Debate' Advertisement

Published: 1995-07-01

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During the 1994-95 academic year, Bradley Smith – probably America's most prominent revisionist activist – succeeded in publishing a large-size advertisement calling for open debate on the Holocaust issue in 17 student newspapers across the country.

Through his "Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust" (CODOH), Smith has been publishing these ads since 1991 as part ofhis "Campus Project" campaign. With limited resources, and defying a well-organized campaign of bigotry, intimidation and smears by such prominent Jewish-Zionist groups as the Simon WiesenthaI Center and the Anti-Defamation League, Smith succeeded in focusing considerable national attention on Holocaust revisionism and the one-sided nature of the Holocaust lobby campaign.

During the 1994-95 school year, Smith's CODOH advertisement – headed "A Revisionist Challenge to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum" – appeared in student papers at 17 colleges and universities, including Oberlin College (Ohio), the University of New Orleans, State University of New York at Binghamton, Wittenberg University (Ohio), and Northeastern University (Boston). In April and May 1995 alone, Smith estimates, some 250,000 college students and faculty members read his "Open Debate" ad.

Smith and his free speech campaign first attracted nationwide notoriety during the 1991-92 school year, when he published his CODOH ad in 17 student papers. This provoked intense debate on many campuses and brought widespread media notoriety. Smith's campaign gained even greater attention during the 1993-94 school year, when his CODOH ad was published, in one form or another, in at least 35 college and university student papers, as well as in one major metropolitan daily.

Publication of Smith's ad touched off heated discussion and emotional student protest meetings by Jewish and leftist groups on a number of campuses that, in turn, generated widespread newspaper, magazine and television coverage. One result of all this was Bradley Smith's March 1994 appearance as a guest on the "Donahue" television talk show. (See the May-June 1994 Journal, pages 19-20.)

For more about Smith's "Campus Project," including a facsimile reproduction of his CODOH ad, see the detailed report in the July-August 1994 Journal, pages 18-24. Smith and CODOH can be reached at [… PO Box 439016, San Ysidro CA 92143].

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Author(s): Mark Weber
Title: More Student Papers Publish Smith's 'Open Debate' Advertisement
Sources: The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 15, no. 4 (July/August 1995), p. 32
Published: 1995-07-01
First posted on CODOH: Dec. 21, 2012, 6 p.m.
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