Two correspondants sent us the following message circulating in the H-Holocaust discussion list.
Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 06:40:06 -0400
Reply-To: H-NET List for History of the Holocaust
A list member has apprised me privately that a negationist website maintained by something called the Association des Anciens Amateurs de Recits de Guerre et d'Holocauste has posted complete texts of Norman G. Finkelstein's and Ruth Bettina Birn's critiques of _Hitler's Willing Executioners_.
In an ironic twist, the website quotes American copyright law, although its posting of Finkelstein's and Birn's complete texts would self-evidently appear to violate the law. Elsewhere the negationist website also makes available complete articles by Raul Hilberg, Naomi Seidman, and and even the full text of Lenni Brenner's _Zionism in the Age of Dictators_.
But in addition to its extreme vulgarity of language, the site is distressing in its use of H-HOLOCAUST. Quoted in its critique of Goldhagen are posts by Richard Libowitz, Stephen Feinstein, and Wlodzimierz Rozenbaum. Since none of these posts contribute either to the critique or to the negationist cause--and indeed Rozenbaum's is explicitly anti-negationist--it is difficult to see why they are quoted.
As several listmembers have warned me privately, though, it is important to consider beforehand how one's words may be appropriated and used by negationists.
The website can be found at
D. G. Myers
Department of English
Texas A&M University
Dear Mr. Myers,
It is very unfortunate to hear that various sites may be infringing
upon the copyright of my brother's work, especially if they are as
repugnant as the revisionist sites that exist on the net. Neither I
nor Prof. Finkelstein are lawyers and are not familiar with the law
pertaining to the Internet. We would gratefully accept any legal
assistance that can be provided to us to enforce the laws that exist.
ARTICLE 19. <Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.>The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, in Paris.