Holocaust Denial Down In U.S., Up In Arab Countries

The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies year-end report, "Holocaust Denial: A Global Survey - 2003", has been issued today.

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The Institute found that while Holocaust-denial activity decreased in the United States in 2003, it increased in the Arab world, where it often enjoys government sponsorship. The report also describes Holocaust-denial activity during the past year in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

In other notable highlights of the report: Holocaust deniers in the U.S. received a boost when former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) spoke at a deniers’ convention in Virginia in June; Government-sponsored newspapers and other media in Egypt, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, and elsewhere in the Arab world published articles denying the Holocaust; For the first time ever, a Holocaust denier was invited to the White House. Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud Abbas, author of a book (based on his doctoral dissertation) denying the Holocaust, visited the White House in July; The leader of an important Muslim country, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammed, publicly affirmed that the Holocaust occurred, thus breaking ranks with many in the Muslim world. However, he did so in a speech in which he alleged Jewish control of the world, and it was that theme, not his acknowledgment of the Holocaust, which attracted attention.

The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies is located on the campus of Gratz College, near Philadelphia. The report’s co-authors are Holocaust scholars Dr. Alex Grobman (author of a recent book on Holocaust denial) and Dr. Rafael Medoff (director of the Wyman Institute). The complete text of the 17-page report may be viewed on the Wyman Institute’s web site.