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The Littman Letter

I am reliably informed that the following letter was received at the national office of B'nai Brith Canada in September of 1997, closely following the international symposium on "Hate on the Internet."

The letter, written under the Simon Wiesenthal Center's letterhead, contained the following text:

"Not only do we agree on almost all issues but we are also the subject of the same opprobrium from those who disagree with us.

"What follows was originally put out on the Internet by Ken McVay flunky Michael Stein and reissued by Zundel flunky Ingrid Rimland.

"Which brings me to the next question. On whose side are McVay and his cohorts on? For some time I have wondered why B'nai Brith continues to give him a platform when he avidly proposes policies which our respective agencies oppose. His site provides automatic links with almost all of the major Holocaust deniers - all in the name of free speech!

"Let's face it, McVay is a quirky loose cannon whose usefulness is almost over. If it weren't for B'nai Brith he would be out of business.

Sol Littman"

Here is the salient portion of Mr. Stein's report, as provided by Ingrid Rimland:

"Ken McVay and I both teed off on Littman, who was amazingly patronizing, dismissingly evasive of questions he didn't want to address, and more than a little ignorant. (In his opening address, he repeatedly used the word 'flaming' to refer to mailbombing.) Ken told him that he (Littman) was scarier than Zundel. I told Littman that if he didn't exist, Ingrid Rimland (Ernst Zundel's American agent who maintains his website, and sends out daily newsletters to the faithful) would have to invent him. Of course he dismissed that with an airy, 'That's ridiculous.'"

If Mr. Littman believes that Mr. Stein is any man's "flunky," he is sadly misinformed.

If Mr. Littman really believes that my work would come to a halt without the help and support of B'nai Brith, he is equally misinformed.

It would be interesting to know if this letter reflects an official position of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Ken McVay, January 19, 1998

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