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Subj: Bradley Smith
Date: Thu, Apr 18, 1996 1:08 AM EDT
From: (KR)

Was Bradley Smith on the Donahue show? Also how do I subscribe to the
Historical Review? Does it discuss other parts of history besides

Thank You

Subj: Re: Bradley Smith
Date: Thu, Apr 18, 1996 1:00 PM EDT

>Yes, Bradley did appear on Donahue. To subscribe to the Journal of 
>Historical Review, contact Greg Raven at ihrgreg@kaiwan com. It does cover 
>events both before and after WWII. Thanks for your interest. 

Can I also ask who is this Nizkor? I have been browsing the web, and
he seems like he is a champion of undenying the holocaust. Who is this
proud obnoxious person who thinks he knows-it-all? Has he been proven
wrong and doesnt brag about that? Anyway, I am sort of a revisionist
myself. One of my favorite Historians is Hillaire Belloc, who gave me
a different look on how the Roman Empire fell.(there was no barbarian
invasion). Anyway thanks for the prompt response in your letter.

Thanks again.

CODOH replies: Nizkor is put together by idealistic people who feel
they are doing a good thing, and just coincidentally getting praised
often in the press by reporters who nothing about the subject
involved. That the safe haven of majority opinion also gives license
to indulge in rhetoric that is the equivalent of mob exhortation adds
excitement to the endeavor. There is a bit of sadism in the dark
recesses of every human mind which craves to be allowed to come out
and unleash buried fear and hatred on another human being, but is
seldom seen coming from "decent people" except in a sanctioned forum
which renders the harsh summary judgments not only acceptable but, in
a sense, required. The "knows-it-all" attitude is necessary to
maintaining that sanctimony, and also to gloss over the defense of
what on closer inspection turns out to be indefensible. Their effort
smacks more than a little of a child's coming on stage to sing at a
charity benefit for children. No matter how horribly the little tike
screeches, a heady round of applause is guaranteed. They thus gain all
the good things which come of a successful stage performance without
risk, and, for that matter, often without performance.

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