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Source: Victoria (B.C.) Times-Colonist, October 14, 1994. Front page.

Island man fights Nazis on computer

By Judith Lavoie
Times-Colonist staff

An international computer war against Nazism and Holocaust denial is
being waged from Vancouver Island.

Ken McVay fights his battle from his Island home - at a location he
keeps secret for his own safety - spending up to eight hours a day at
his ocmputer tagging Internet hate material and electronically
bringing together experts to refute it.

His Fascism and Holocaust Archives are stored in Israel and other
centres around the world, and his labors include single-handedly
funding the work for almost three years.

"There's a war going on here because these people want the Holocaust
all over again. If we don't fight this now, we're going to have to
deal with them 20 or 30 years down the road," McVay said Thursday.

McVay's efforts have caught the attention of a Simon Fraser University
philosophy professor, Norman Swartz, who published an 83-page report
on McVay's work.

"The evil genie of fascism is well and truly out of the bottle again,
with renewed vigor, and one person alone [sic!] monitors this enormous
worldwide network every day to refute Nazi propaganda," he said. "If
we do not help him now, his voice will be drowned out by evil. The
hate mongers will have hijacked the Internet."

McVay, a cash-strapped convenience store assistant manager, is looking
for annual funding and a cash infusion of about $50,000 to buy new
computer equipment and a direct Internet connection.

The first glimmer of financial hope - which followed the release of
Swartz's report - is a commitment from the United Church Committee for
Racial Justice [sic] to collect donations and issue tax receipts.

McVay, who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitus because
of long hours at the keyboard, works with researchers to respond to
fascist Internet postings. His accomplishments include mailing lists,
research guides and a wealth of data.

He's not Jewish, but he delights in being a thorn in the side of the
hate-mongers: "These people really offend me and I am certainly
causing them no end of difficulty."

The computer enthusiast fell into his mission by accident.

"I ran into some of the white supremacist, anti-Semitic stuff. At
first I thought it was someone with a sick sense of humor and then I
realized these people were deadly serious. I started to respond. At
first I was so angry, I just called them names."

But Jewish Internet users felt it was better to refute the material,
"so I trotted down to the library and started reading and typing. Then
it just mushroomed."

McVay said he found an organzed campaign recruiting on the Internet,
with old-style Nazis in league with the new generation of Holocaust
deniers.

But censoring Internet material is not the answer, he said: "It's
safer to have it up-front and out in the open where we can smell it."

Rick Kool, a member of Victoria's Jewish community, came across
McVay's work about two years ago and has been working to get him
financial help.

"He's a truly remarkable guy. He is keeping the memories (of those who
died in the Holocaust) from being abused. We all owe him a great
debt," Kool said.

Donations can be made out to the United Church of Canada (BC), with a
note saying the contribution is for the Fascism and Holocaust
Archives. Write to the Committee for Racial Justice, 103-1290 Homer
St. Vancouver, [BC] V6B 2Y5.

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