San Antonio Express-News August 3, 1996 Page 10B "Internet project won't let Holocaust be forgotten" By Thomas Edwards Express-News Staff Writer "Nizkor" in Hebrew means "we will remember," but it is also a solemn promise Holocaust researcher Kenneth McVay has taken to the Internet so that people will never forget the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Now his task has gotten a little easier with a $50,000 grant from the philanthropic San Antonio Area Foundation to the Nizkor Project, an international computer web site directed by the 55- year-old McVay from his home in Vancouver Island, Canada. The Nizkor project not only provides information on Hitler's bloody pogroms but is also intended to counter the claims of "deniers" (as McVay calls them) -- modern-day neo-Nazis and extremists who use their own web sites to deny that the extermination of 12 million Jews and others ever took place during World War II. "They (deniers) think the Holocaust is a Jewish propaganda thing," said McVay this week during a visit to the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. "I have come to see Holocaust denial as a function of racism." McVay and a group of Holocaust experts plan a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Sunday on "Fighting Hate on the Internet" at the federation office, 8434 Ahern Drive behind North Star Mall. The grant will allow McVay and his associates to unveil two new, extremely fast computers at an undisclosed location in San Antonio -- undisclosed because of threats from extremists, he said. These computers will be linked to others in Germany and Canada to provide easily accessible information about the Holocaust and hate groups. The Nizkor Project is not only a tool to fight bigotry, it has also "make an impact in terms of Holocaust education," McVay said. Some of the new material he will add to the web site -- which will have sound and movement -- includes speeches by Nazi statesmen advocating genocide, 68 volumes of military documentation from the Nuremburg war crimes tribunals and material from the National Archives in Washington. Some of the new material is being donated by San Antonio resident Harry Mazal, who is the director of the Nizkor Project in the United States. Mazal also has one of the world's largest private collections of Holocaust material. While the task sounds monumental and is expected to take years to complete, McVay is not daunted. "Every item that appears on the net takes away another lie" promoted by neo-Nazis, he said. The web address for the Nizkor Project is www.nizkor.org.
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