Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust

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Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH) is a Holocaust revisionist and, despite the name, also a more general historical revisionist organization.


It was founded by Bradley R. Smith in 1987 and mainly run by him until 2014. CODOH was then reorganized as a charitable trust. "Currently, CODOH and Castle Hill Publishers are working on integrating both entities into one, with CODOH at the helm."[1] CODOH maintains a web forum and an on-line library of revisionist material. Smith's Report is roughly monthly newsletter that has been published since 1990. In 2015, CODOH became the publisher of the quarterly online magazine Inconvenient History. It is today likely the most important revisionist and Holocaust revisionist organization, in part due to having archives from or having incorporated various earlier revisionist organizations, magazines, and websites.

In 1998, Germar Rudolf, a noted associate of Smith, who three years earlier was sentenced to 14 months in prison in Germany for Holocaust denial, founded Castle Hill publications [sic!]. He fled arrest and attempted to apply for political asylum in the United States. He was extradited in 2005 and sentenced to an additional two and a half years in prison. In 2011, he immigrated to the United States and resumed publishing [...] By that time, Michael Santomauro was running Castle Hill, as he told Holocaust denier and antisemite Jim Rizzoli in a 2016 interview. In April of 2022, CODOH officially bought Castle Hill, making it the organization’s official bookstore and Santomauro acts as its CEO. Additionally, Clemens and Blair, an online bookshop founded in 2020 that publishes antisemitic books and is an SPLC designated hate group, operates as part of the CODOH network. Santomauro and his address are listed as the contact or location for donations for CODOH, Castle Hill, and Clemens and Blair. Santomauro has become a leading voice in couching revisionism and denial as academic pursuits for truth. With Santomauro as a leading figure, they have remained relevant and expanded their network to other previously assumed, seemingly independent groups. As recently as January 2023, CODOH has been soliciting donations through emails and social media. They also raise money through their online store, commercials, and videos.[2]

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