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Subject: [09/17] Uncommon Ground: Black-African Holocaust Council
Summary: The ADL's 1994 report, "Uncommon Ground: The Black
         African Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and
         White Extremists

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Last-Modified: 1995/10/03

           Links to the White Hate Movement

The appearance of undiluted anti-Semitic propaganda --
particularly from neo-Nazi and white supremacist sources -- in
_The Holocaust Journal_ most explicitly extablishes the
centrality of this prejudice to BAHC. The publication's
promotion of Holocaust denial and Holocaust-demeaning rhetoric
is also striking evidence of the symbiotic relationship
between Black extremists and white supremacists. Despire their
mutual contempt, these groups are able to join rhetorical
forces to demean and slander Jews.

_The Holocaust Journal_ (issue 1) notes, for example, that
BAHC sponsored an April 15, 1994, lecture by Professor Leonard
Jeffries in Brooklyn, New York. The lecture's proceeds were to
benefit _The Holocaust Journal_. The event also included,
according to the _Journal_, a showing of "a special videotaped
interview with Dr. Franciszek Pieper [sic], Director of the
Auschwitz Archives in Auschwitz, Germany [sic]: 'The Myths of
the Jewish Holocaust.'"

This video has been distributed since 1993 by the
California-based Institute for Historical Review (IHR), the
largest Holocaust-denying propaganda organization in the
world. Since 1979, an assortment of writers and activists from
extremist circles in Europe, Canada, and the United States
have convened at the IHR to formulate new arguments,
apologetics, and strategies to justify the Nazi regime and
discredit the historical veracity of the Holocaust.

The video, billed by IHR simply as "David Cole Interviews Dr.
Franciszek Piper," has been advertised by the Institute as
purportedly "document[ing] on tape the falsehoods told
Auschwitz visitors every day...[and] shows that the very
people who run the museum aren't at all sure about their
biggest attraction -- the infamous 'gas chamber'!...Most
remarkable of all is Cole's interview with Dr. Piper, in which
the curator of the Auschwitz State Museum casually admits to
postwar alterations of the room that for decades has been
shown to tourists as an unaltered ... gas chamber."

Dr. Piper does not "casually admit" to anything in this video;
he responds to Cole's manipulative questions as completely as
his imperfect command of the English language allows. In fact,
when informed of this video by Australia's _On Target_
magazine, Piper wrote, with the same limited fluency in
English which Holocaust-denier David Cole exploits on camera:

   I never told to anybody the gas chamber, which now is
   shown in Auschwitz Museum in Poland had been "reconstructed
   after the war."

   The gas chamber in question is housed in the building
   which has been existed from prewar times...

   The fact that the Nazi murderers used gas chambers... for
   mass annihilation of innocent men, women and children,
   mostly Jews, has been proved by thousands of memoires and
   depositions of eyewitnesses as well as by German official
   documents and plane. It is obvious fact for everybody
   who would like to approach the problem, to contact living
   still witnesses and to study historical sources.

Given the openly fraudulent, anti-Semitic nature of IHR
propaganda, and given the thorough repudiation of this
interview by the very authority it cites, why would BAHC
promote this video? Why, indeed, would the group further
embrace the most vulgar rhetoric of Holocaust denial by
titling the video "Myths of the Jewish Holocaust?" To
understand this, it is useful to review past instances in
which Black extremists have given support to the Holocaust
denial movement. (Anti-Defamation League, 9-10)

                     Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. Uncommon Ground: The Black African
Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and White
Extremists. New York: Anti-Defamation League, 1994


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