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The peculiar persistence of Holocaust denial
Holocaust denial flies in the face of overwhelming evidence. Yet, decades after the Nazis’ crimes, it continues — and the president of Iran is merely its latest, and highest-profile, advocate.
By Arthur Hirsch
Sun reporter
Originally published May 21, 2006
When a three-day conference in Tehran on the future of the Palestinians ended last month, the few hundred militant leaders and their backers had heard speeches condemning Israel and pledging support for Hamas – but not, as many anticipated, any experts challenging evidence of the Holocaust. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he’d stage a conference of Holocaust skeptics, right around the time he referred to the mass murder of European Jews during World War II as a “myth.”

Ahmadinejad may be the first president of a country to challenge the Holocaust, allying himself with an array of claims viewed among serious historians in much the same light as the case for a flat Earth. He seemed to soften that a bit during the April meeting, referring to his “serious doubt” that the Nazis killed 5 million to 6 million Jews.