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Robert Faurisson


In Memoriam

Custom would have it that, at the opening of these Ecrits révisionnistes, I thank, without distinction, all those who have come to my aid, by their research or otherwise, in the achievement of this work.

Defying this custom, I shall refrain here from naming any living persons, and mention only the dead.

At a time when to identify a revisionist by name is, in a way, to denounce him to the police or the media mob and thus have run him the risk of the loss of livelihood, search and seizure, and fines or imprisonment, it will, I trust, be readily understood that I cannot, in good conscience, dedicate the present volume to any of those who may, while living, deserve the public expression of my gratitude or admiration.

From among the cohort of the dead who are marked with the revisionist brand I shall cite but a few of those under whose inspiration I have, over a quarter of a century, lived the revisionist adventure, and to whom I wish to voice my posthumous recognition: Jean Norton Cru (for the First World War), Paul Rassinier, Maurice Bardèche, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Albert Paraz, and François Duprat (assassinated). To that list I shall add the Frenchmen Jean Beaufret, Jean Genet, and Michel de Boüard, the Austrian Franz Scheidl, the German Hellmut Diwald, and the American James Morgan Read *, the first historian in the world to wonder aloud about the reality of the alleged Nazi gas chambers, and this as early as May 1945, at the same time, for that matter a pure chance meeting of great minds as the Englishman George Orwell.

I also dedicate these pages to another German, Reinhold Elstner, who in Munich on the 25th of April 1995 burned himself to death as a protest against "the Niagara of lies" poured upon his people; the police there, acting under orders, subsequently confiscated the bouquets of flowers laid at the site of this sacrifice and proceeded to arrest those who, by that gesture of compassion, had tried to manifest their own anguish.

At the risk of being misunderstood by some, I dedicate these Ecrits révisionnistes as well to those among the Second World War's blood-soaked victors who, like Churchill, Eisenhower, or de Gaulle, refused, both during and after the battle, to lend credence by even a single word to the atrocious, degrading, insolent hoax of the alleged extermination of the Jews and the alleged Nazi gas chambers.

Finally, I hope that the present work may be accepted as having been written in the name of remembrance: not a selective or tribal one, but universal, comprehensive: in memoriam omnium. May it also be read as a homage to the true sufferings of all the victims of the 1939-45 war, whether they belonged to the camp of the victors, ever the objects of accolade, or to that of the vanquished, unceasingly humiliated and slandered for the past half century!

Robert Faurisson, 22 November 1998

* James Morgan Read, author of Atrocity Propaganda 1914-1919 (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1941, xv-319 p.), expressed his doubts on the subject in "Trials for War Criminals", The Christian Century [Chicago], 30 May 1945, p. 651-653 where he wrote: "One illustration of what is needed in the way of impartial investigation into atrocity charges is provided by the account of death chambers in the German camps. Many of these camps were obviously fighting typhus epidemics and using fumigation chambers to delouse the prisoners as a preventive measure. The question is, How many of these chambers represented genuine efforts to kill lice, and how many of them were flimsy excuses or even undisguised efforts to kill people? Court trials could establish such facts beyond reasonable doubt" (p. 652). J. M. Read was to finish his career as president of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Delaware USA. He died on 11 February 1985.

Introductory note to Ecrits révisionnistes (1974-1998), 1999, vol. I, p. v-vi.

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