By Richard A. Widmann.
Inconvenient History is pleased to announce that the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH) has become our new publisher. CODOH is the longest running organization struggling for a free and open debate on the subject of the Holocaust. CODOH was founded in 1990 to encourage a free exchange of ideas with regard to the orthodox Holocaust narrative.
Our new association with CODOH will in no way limit the scope of our journal. Our mission remains the same: to revive the true spirit of the historical revisionist movement; a movement that was established primarily to foster peace through an objective understanding of the causes of modern warfare. At Inconvenient History, we have always believed that cutting through the exaggerations, lies and propaganda of the Holocaust story must be the starting point for any contemporary revisionist journal. We also understand that this territory is plagued of course, with a minefield of charges of “Holocaust denial,” “racism,” “anti-Semitism,” and “neo-Nazism.” Despite the persecution and insults, we understand that the myths of the Holocaust have smothered out a proper and accurate understanding of the Second World War.
Likewise the team at the newly reinvigorated CODOH believes that the attempt to identify every call for open debate about the gas chamber controversy with anti-Jewish sentiment is juvenile. Those who protest that it is more important to be sensitive to “survivors” than truthful to the historical record represent a world view that has no place in Western culture.
Like Inconvenient History, CODOH is not a membership organization and is not affiliated with any political party or political group. It is not the purpose of CODOH to prove the Holocaust “never happened,” or that European Jews did not suffer a catastrophe during the years of the Hitlerian regime.
We believe that the time for this new partnership could never be better. The last decade has witnessed an escalation of persecution of dissident historians and activists including the noteworthy imprisonments of David Irving, Germar Rudolf and Ernst Zündel among others. There can be little doubt that news of the incarceration of historians and writers with opposing viewpoints has had a chilling effect on honest investigation into the events of Second World War and the Holocaust. Whether it is actual imprisonment or deportation or loss of employment or threats against one’s life or those of one’s family, the ritual defamation results, for many, in avoidance of the subject matter entirely. We will never know how many honest—and accurate—revisions of the official story of this era will never be written or told for fear of the “democratic totalitarians.”
The time for new strength, new vigor, new energy is now. The time for a free exchange of ideas on this tragic time in our history is long overdue. May this new arrangement bring us one step closer to achieving that goal.