Archive/File: holocaust/japan marco.polo Last-Modified: 1995/01/28 Date: Sat, 28 Jan 1995 19:32:44 +0200 (IST) From: Zvi Lando
To: email@example.com Subject: Japan Newspaper Denies Holocaust Message-Id: Date: Fri, 27 Jan 1995 11:48:15 EST From: SIMPSON@AMERICAN.EDU Subject: Japanese Newspaper Denies Holocaust ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@admin.fhda.edu" TOKYO (AP) -- Jewish groups are protesting an article in a Japanese magazine that contends the Holocaust was ``propaganda'' and Nazi gas chambers never existed. The article, entitled ``There Were No Nazi Gas Chambers,'' appeared in Marco Polo, a 200,000-circulation monthly news and commentary magazine published by a major publishing house, Bungei Shunju Ltd. Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, protested the article in a letter to Takakazu Kuriyama, Japan's ambassador to Washington, Foreign Ministry spokesman Terusuke Terada said Tuesday. The Israeli Embassy in Tokyo protested to the magazine, said its editor, Kazuyoshi Hanada. In the article, author Masanori Nishioka wrote that ``the story of gas chambers was propaganda, one of the psychological strategies used in wartime'' by the Allied forces. ``The Holocaust is nothing but a story which has become `history' after the war without being given investigation,'' Nishioka wrote. Hanada defended his decision to print the article, saying Nishioka found evidence that standard theories about the gassing of Jews were wrong. ``It's not good for everything about a certain subject to be taboo,'' he said. ``Maybe Israelis and Japanese have different ways of thinking about that.'' He said the article did not deny that Jews were slain but merely challenged how quickly the gas chambers killed large numbers of people. Japanese knowledge of Jews is often ridden with stereotypes. Books claiming to detail Jewish conspiracies to control the world are common fare in Japan and draw ire from Jewish groups. Last year, a book praising Adolf Hitler's election strategies was withdrawn after provoking outrage from Jewish groups.
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