The following letter to the editor appeared in the _New Haven Register_, Dec. 10, 1991, p. 16: "Reinterpretation of Holocaust Should Not Be Labeled Bigotry" To the Editor: In response to the article about bigotry on college campuses, perhaps bigotry is losting its stigma because in the usual process of scholarly investigations it was realized that some claims of the Holocaust were just egregious exaggerations caused by a mental condition called post-acute stress syndrome or, in the case of World War II, the Holocaust survivor syndrome. It is not widely recognized by the public that it was first Jewish and Israeli scholars who systematically began to bring down to size unnecessary distortions and fabrications of wartime atrocity propaganda about the fate of Jews in this tragic era. It is difficult to claim that Professor Yehuda Bauer from the Hebrew University or Dr. Shmul Krakowski from Yad Vashem or Professor Arno Meyer from Princeton are bigots. Nevertheless, they wrote in the respected Jerusalem Post, Washington Times and New York Times that Nazis never made soap from human fat, that Holocaust survivors' testimony is generally unreliable, that there was never any gassing at Dachau and that the number of gassed victims at Auschwitz should be lowered by three million. In view of the above, astute college newspaper editors at Duke, Cornell and the University of Michigan may have felt that the advertisement of Bradley Smith, although offensive to the general public, merits scientific notice if not respect, and should be published. Probably, in their youthful naivete, they did not expect the intensity of the condemnation by the less informed public opinion and now perhaps are sorry they got involved. It is natural in science that after an initial, usually decades-long period of gathering information comes the phase of verification and healthy reinterpretation of the acquired data. This process should continue and should not be mislabeled as bigotry, or even worse, be suppressed. Zbigniew Zielinski Stamford Editor's note: Zbigniew Zielinski is president of the Polish Historical Society.
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