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                     Copyright 1993 U.S. Newswire, Inc.     
  
                                 U.S. Newswire 
  
  
  
                               February 24, 1993 
  
  
SECTION: NATIONAL DESK   
  
LENGTH: 747 words   
  
HEADLINE: New ADL Book Exposes Holocaust Deniers   
  
CONTACT: Myrna Shinbaum of the Anti-Defamation League, 212-490-2525,
ext. 145   
  
DATELINE: NEW YORK, Feb. 24   
  
BODY: The current campaign to deny that Hitler's regime murdered 6
million Jews is examined in depth in a new book published by the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), "Hitler's Apologists: The Anti-Semitic
Propaganda of Holocaust Revisionism."    "Those who promote the
insidious lie that the Holocaust did not happen must be exposed,"
said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director and a Holocaust
survivor, "and this book does just that.   
  
   "It is shocking that 50 years after Hitler's extermination of
European Jewry we need to rebut the lies and distortions of an
international Holocaust-denying movement seeking to misinform the
public and targeting students on college campuses," Foxman added.   
  
   "Hitler's Apologists" names Willis Carto -- whose Liberty Lobby is
the largest and best-funded anti-Semitic propaganda organization in
America -- as the leader behind the Institute for Historical Review
(IHR), the major Holocaust denying organization.  Operating in the
guise of scholarship, the IHR solicits membership from academic
figures as well as the general public and distributes through its
publications a variety of "revisionist" materials saturated with
traditional anti-Semitic themes.       The book reports on the
efforts of Bradley Smith's Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
to target college newspapers with ads denying the reality of the
Holocaust.  A longtime "revisionist," Smith's close affiliation with
the IHR is documented.  Under the ruse of academic discourse, Smith
has added an op-ed piece to his ad campaign for campus newspapers.   
  
   The new ADL book provides information on numerous other
Holocaust-denial activists.  Background on Canadian, British, French
and other European "revisionists" is also provided.   
  
   Similarities between Holocaust deniers in America and their Arab
counterparts are exposed.  For example, articles in Balsam and
El-Istiqlal, publications affiliated with the Palestine Red Crescent
and P.L.O. respectively, have run stories like those in American
extremist publications.   
  
   The book also explosres trends in editorial cartoons, academia and
ads by political groups which distort and trivialize the Holocaust by
comparing it to legalized abortion, Israel's response to the Intifada
and Stalin's purges.   
  
   "Hitler's Apologists" provides a blueprint for counteraction
activities, including factual information refuting the charges by the
deniers, to help Jewish community leaders, educators and students
rebut the Holocaust deniers.  Successful strategies to foil Bradley
Smith's continued campaign to manipulate students into accepting his
ads have been developed by ADL.  In its ongoing program to provide
tools for college students to c ombat anti-Semitism on campuses and
expose Holocaust deniers, the league is making "Hitler's Apologists"
available to Hillel groups throughout the country.   
  
   Copies of the book are available at $8 each, plus $2.50 for
handling and shipping.  Send orders to: ADL, 823 United Nations
Plaza, Dept. MRC, New York, N.Y. 10011.   
  
   Founded in 1913, ADL is a civil rights/human relations
organziation that combats anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and
discrimination, and promotes harmonious relations between diverse
religious and ethnic groups.   
  
   ------    Editors: A review copy of "Hitler's Apologists" is
available upon request from the ADL Public Relations Department.   
  
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH   
  
LOAD-DATE-MDC: February 24, 1993    

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