A “Holocaust™ Denial” video that suggested Jews were not exterminated by gas chambers at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp mysteriously received flattering praise in letters from the offices of one U.S. representative, a Maine state representative and a high-ranking policy adviser to the president of Hungary who now works for NATO.
A fourth letter from a U.S. representative acknowledged receiving the video, but only described it as “informative,” and returned the video to the sender.
The Washington Times reached three of the four individuals whose offices sent out the flattering responses, and, in all three cases, officials denied having actually watched the video and offered apologies.
The 1992 documentary in question was produced by David Cole, a then-22-year-old American researcher who is Jewish, and Bradley Smith, who in 1987 founded the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust…
The video, “David Cole in Auschwitz — A Jew Questions the Holocaust,” quickly became a hallmark film in the Holocaust denial community and has since been treasured by deniers partially because of Mr. Cole’s Jewish heritage, which they say gives credence to his claims being, as one letter stated, “objective.”
Rep. John E. Baldacci [a Democrat who later served as governor of Maine] flatly said, “Thank you for the tape sent to me regarding the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was a very informative production. I am returning your tape, following office policy. I appreciate the opportunity to view it. Thank you again.”
The letter sent from Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio’s office offered more dramatic praise, saying, “Thank you for sending me a copy of David Cole’s video. Mr. Cole has obviously invested a great deal in researching his subject, and I admire his tenacious curiosity. Again, I thank you for sharing this documentary with myself and other members of Congress.”
The reply from Maine state Rep. Alvin L. Barth was handwritten and said, “Dear Mr. Clemmer, thank you for the video. It does raise some valid and interesting points. Have you considered court action to get the video aired?”
The reply from Zsolt Rabai, once foreign policy adviser to the President of Hungary, was written to Mr. Cole’s co-producer, Bradley Smith, and said, “Thank you sending us your documentary video about the Auschwitz concentration camp. I was impressed by the objective and logical way David Cole spoke about the Auschwitz gas chamber. Congratulations!”