- “The alleged Hitlerite gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews constitute one and the same historical lie, which made possible a gigantic financial-political fraud, the principal beneficiaries of which are the State of Israel and international Zionism, and whose principal victims are the German people -- but not their leaders -- and the entire Palestinian people.” Robert Faurisson, the famous "60 words sentence", formulated in 1980.
Robert Faurisson (born January 25, 1929 - October 21, 2018) was a remarkable French Holocaust revisionist who has generated controversy over various articles he has published in the Journal of Historical Review and elsewhere, as well as various letters he has sent to French newspapers (especially Le Monde) over the years which denied the allegations of the existence of homicidal gas chambers in National Socialist concentration camps and question whether there was actually a systematic killing of European Jews using gas during World War II.
He studied at the Sorbonne, and then from 1974 to 1979 taught literature at the University of Lyon. During the 1970s he published academic books about Lautréamont (in 1971), Arthur Rimbaud (1972) and Gérard de Nerval (1977). Since his first appearance as a Holocaust revisionist in 1974 these books have been largely ignored by many literary scholars, which has occasionally been criticised as censorship even by some scholars who are not believed to sympathise with his views in any way.
As result of his researches performed in the archives of the camp of Auschwitz, Faurisson was the first scholar who discovered (March 1976) and published the genuine plans of the 5 crematories built at that place, and in which the official history locates the so-called gas chambers. Faurisson became familiar to a wider audience through the publication of three letters in French newspaper Le Monde between December 1978 and February 1979. In these articles he maintained that the so-called gas chambers were actually drawn and labeled as being functional "morgues" (Leichenkeller) on their genuine plans. Faurisson claimed that the alleged "Weapons of Massive Destruction" of the so-called death camps have never existed. Faurisson doubted also the existence of a master plan for the systematic murder of Jews. Because of the aggressive Zionist influence in France, even in administrative area, he was removed from his academic position at the Central French Institution for Education by Correspondence under the allegation that his safety couldn't be warranted anymore at the University of Lyon. In 1989 his jaw was broken during one of a number of physical attacks that have been made against him by Jewish terrorists who were never pursued by the French police. In 1990 (according to some reports 1991) he retired from the civil service.
Since 1974 Faurisson has published numerous brochures and articles, in recent times mostly in the French Annales d’histoire révisioniste and the American Journal of Historical Review, as well as on the internet.
Faurisson is currently understood to live in Vichy.
Views, work and criticism
Faurisson, like most Frenchmen of that era, has said that he had anti-German sentiments during and immediately following World War II, but after reading the works of fellow Frenchmen Paul Rassinier and Maurice Bardèche, he began to question the Holocaust. Over the years Faurisson has studied the Holocaust extensively, and in the late 1970's he came to the conclusion that it was a hoax. Since then he has written numerous letters to newspapers, published several books, and written many articles for revisionist journals questioning the occurrence of the Holocaust.
Faurisson counts among his acquaintances and friends the German-Canadian revisionist Ernst Zündel, Swedish revisionist Ditlieb Felderer and Moroccan expatriate revisionist Ahmed Rami. Many have described Faurisson as anti-Judaic, but he repudiates this description. He describes himself as of no political interest or at least at "the center". The main reason expressed for having endured so much persecution is his combat for the historical truth
In 1991 Faurisson, in collaboration with Siegfried Verbeke, published the Dutch-language brochure Het "Dagboek" van Anne Frank. Een kritische benadering ("The 'Diary' of Anne Frank - A Critical Evaluation"), which claimed that the diary of Anne Frank is a forgery since the original handwritten manuscript cannot be that of a child; the brochure was banned in the Netherlands.
As core arguments, Faurisson claims that to be feasible the gas chambers would have needed perfect hermetic sealing, a special introduction and distribution system for the gas, an elaborate ventilation system to eliminate the gas from the chambers after the mass murders, a system to neutralize the exhausted gases, and, separately, an expertly constructed device to eliminate the gas which would adhere to the bodies, making further handling lethal. In response to Faurisson's work, the book AUSCHWITZ:Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers ©, was written in 1989 by Jean-Claude Pressac, a French pharmacist sponsored by the Beate Klarsfeld Foundation. In this book, Jean-Claude Pressac attempted to prove that the Holocaust was technically feasible, but the book did not prove the Holocaust or provide a refutation of Faurisson arguments. Faurisson as well as Germar Rudolf and Carlo Mattogno have attacked that book in writing numerous times since its publication by showing the fallacy of the methodology employed, the mistakes of interpretation, numerous contradictions and the lack of real material proofs. See for example Faurisson's Answer to Jean-Claude Pressac on the Problem of the Gas chambers.
In 1991, Faurisson was removed from his university chair due to the Zionist influence in France, on the basis of his views under the Gayssot Act, a "French" statute passed in 1990 that prohibited Holocaust revisionism. He challenged the statute as a violation of international law at the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Human Rights Committee. The "Human Rights" Committee upheld the Gayssot Act as, according to Jews "necessary" to counter possible anti-Judaism. Further trials followed, among them one in connection with a publication on the website of the "Association des anciens amateurs de récits de guerre et d'Holocauste" (AAARGH) in 1998, of which he was absolved due to lack of evidence of his authorship.
Faurisson was charged again in a trial on July 11, 2006. He was accused of denying the Holocaust in an interview with the Iranian television station "Sahar 1" in February 2005. On October 3, 2006 he was given a three-month probationary sentence and fined €7,500 for this offence. In December 2006 Faurisson gave a speech at the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust, which was sponsored by the government of Iran. He repeated his theories about gas chambers and said that in the past 32 years he had been waiting for someone to show him one of those chambers.
- Historical Research Criminalized: Paris Court Convicts Professor Robert Faurisson
- Un Homme(A Man) Documentary realized in 2011 by the French Historian Paul-Éric Blanrue (Subtitled in English, German, Italian and Arab).
- Faurisson's Blog (Articles in French and English)
- His blogspot
- Author Archive for Robert Faurrison, Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust's archive on Faurrison
- Holocaust History News, Holocaust History News
- Castle Hill Publishers, Castle Hill Publishers's entries on Faurisson
- "A look back at my discovery, on March 19, 1976, of the building plans for the Auschwitz and Birkenau crematoria", R. Faurisson, September 14, 2010.
- "Is The Diary of Anne Frank genuine?" - Robert Faurisson, The Journal of Historical Review, Spring 1982 (Vol. 3, No. 2), page 147.