Just Who Is Robert Faurisson?
Selected Writings & Commentaries on “the Holocaust”
For more than 30 years Robert Faurisson has been Europe’s foremost historical revisionist scholar.
Dr Faurisson was professor of modern and contemporary French literature at the Sorbonne and at a University in Lyon, where he specialised in the “critical appraisal of texts and documents (literature, history, media)”. From 1979 he was forbidden, de facto, from teaching.
After years of private research and study, Faurisson first made his sceptical views about the “Holocaust” story known to the general public in two pieces printed in December 1978 and January 1979 by the influential Paris daily Le Monde. Soon afterwards Faurisson discovered the building plans of the Auschwitz morgues, the crematoria and other installations in the archives of the Auschwitz State Museum. He was the first person to publicise those important documents, which had been kept hidden since the war, and point out their significance.
Faurisson played an important role in both of the Ernst Zündel “Holocaust trials” in Toronto, Canada (1985 and 1988). His most noteworthy contribution to Zündel’s defence in 1988 may well have been his securing of the participation of Fred Leuchter, an American gas chamber specialist. He was also instrumental in arranging for Leuchter’s on-site investigation in Poland of alleged homicidal gas chambers, and in making public the American’s remarkable findings.
For years French government agencies and influential private bodies have waged a concerted campaign to silence him. He has been obliged to defend himself many times in the courts for his forthright writings and statements. He has had to contend with numerous convictions and has suffered at least ten physical assaults, one of which was a nearly successful attempt at murder.
His bank account has been frozen, and legal officials have repeatedly visited his home threatening him and his wife with seizure of their furniture to cover damages imposed by civil judgments against his “heretical” works. His family life has been repeatedly disrupted and thrown into turmoil by this harassment. His health has suffered terribly.
During an interview in December 1980 with the French radio network Europe no. 1, Faurisson summed up the results of his research on “the Holocaust” in a sentence of 60 French words. Here is that sentence in English:
“The alleged Hitlerite gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews form one and the same historical lie, which has permitted a gigantic political and financial swindle whose main beneficiaries are the State of Israel and international Zionism and whose main victims are the German people – but not their leaders – and the Palestinian people in their entirety.”
“That sentence”, he declares 30 years on, “requires no changes.”
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