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Australia / 18-04-2017

Holocaust deniers leave leaflets target students at two universities

Source: The Australian

Melbourne - Holocaust denial leaflets were again distributed at university campuses in Melbourne last week, this time arguing a new Hollywood movie is wrong in its portrayal of discredited British historian David Irving.


The leaflets, associated with a group called ChemTrailsGeelong, were found on Monash and Melbourne University campuses and distributed last Thursday. It follows similar leaflet drops by the group in September.


Isabella Polgar, national chairwoman of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, said leaflets state that the official version of the Holocaust is “demonstrably false”.


“These leaflets are the result of a nationally organised campaign to spread poisonous anti-Semitic conspiracies at our nation’s top universities,” Ms Polgar said.


“Universities have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their students and protect those vulnerable to racial discrimination.”


The leaflet claims a new film, Denial, “would have us believe that a court case in 2000 proved the official version of the Holocaust. Did it really?”


It then quotes American-based conspiracy theorist and holocaust denier Michael Hoffman as saying “history is so often tried by Hollywood. They ... create these puppet figures, these simulacrums, these strawmen of David Irving in the movie and then attack that and present that as reality”.


The movie the leaflet is referring to is based on a book called History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier in which Deborah Lipstadt, a scholar of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies, was sued for libel by Mr Irving.


The group’s website describes the Holocaust as a “lie” and “the greatest swindle of all time”.


The site also rails against ­Geelong Council, solar power and psychiatry.


A spokesman for Monash University said leaflets had been left in three carparks on the Clayton campus and that security footage was being investigated.


He said the university would meet student representatives to offer support if needed and to ­express its concern regarding the leaflets’ content.