Towards a Revisionist International

Published: 1998-11-01

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The deniers [sic] have three times as many [Web]sites as their detractors. ... Thanks principally to the Internet, the wind is shifting in favor of historical revisionism. Since the expansion in recent years of the Worldwide Web in France, the Gayssot Law, which relegated the deniers of crimes against humanity to the margins, has been in effect repealed. Today the deniers are profiting from the disparity between a transnational medium (the Internet) and legislation which is confined within national frontiers.

The majority of the deniers’ sites present themselves primarily as defenders of freedom of expression. Often to be found on their home pages is either the blue ribbon symbolizing the fight for free speech on the Internet or the text of Article 19 of the Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which states that “Each individual has the right to freedom of speech and of opinion."

A freedom of opinion that allows Bradley R. Smith (whose Website CODOH openly promotes historical, revisionism) or Ernst Zuendel, two legendary figures of North American revisionism, to maintain ceaselessly that the gas chambers never existed and that the figure of six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis is a “myth.”

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Author(s): Tristan Mendès-France , Michaël Prazan
Title: Towards a Revisionist International
Sources: Smith's Report, no. 59, November 1998, p. 6; from a story which appeared in Marianne, a left-leaning French periodical (October 26, 1998). Received via Internet.
Published: 1998-11-01
First posted on CODOH: Oct. 28, 2015, 6:11 a.m.
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