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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
"Daniel B. Case" <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 18 Feb 1994 12:13:51 -0500
University at Buffalo
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To spare others the unfair consequences, I have obtained a copy of the
ad and typed it all out (or at least the best possible email equivalent)
.  Again, I am told that:
         --David Cole denies the Holocaust ever happened
         --the Simon Wisenthal Center (misspelled?) in LA has been track
            ing Cole's tactics for some time now
         --Yehuda Bauer does exist, BUT HAS NEVER SEEN THE VIDEO
Whether or not Cole even exists is a subject of some dispute. No one has seen
him, and apart from this ad that's been posted all over the net by Dan Gannon
several times, there seems to be no evidence of his existence.
So that, as with anything, take the ad with a grain of salt.
(Do I have qualms that I am just further promoting Cole's business and
alleged misinformation?  Yes.  But I do hope that this help people real-
ize how sick and twisted thing can get and to again question the author
ity, power, validity of film and other mass media.  In this I guess this
is relevant to screen-l.)
--Sterling Chen ([log in to unmask])
If you have seen a similar ad, please send me a response.
I've seen this dozens of times, but then I read the newsgroups where this gets
posted. My comments on the ad follow.
Jewish documentary film maker David Cole has produced a shocking,
absolutely unique video on Auschwitz.  You will see and hear things in
this video that are not even hinted at in Speilberg's "Schindler's List"
"A powerful video..." (Yehuda Bauer, Director of Holocaust Studies at
Hebrew University)
See the physical layout of the camp put in perspective for the first
time on film.  Learn how Polish tour guides garble the true history of
the Auschwitz gassing chamber.  And witness a fascinating interview with
Dr. Franciszek Piper, curator of the Auschwitz Museum, during which he
reveals facts about Auschwitz to David Cole never before alluded to on
All that Piper "reveals" (and remember he isn't being questioned by Cole in his
native language) is what every historian could already tell you: that the
Communist figure of four million dead at Auschwitz was a propaganda exaggeration
and that the gas chamber tourists visit wasn't used as such for most the camp's
existence. What Cole leaves out is that a) that chamber was converted into an
air raid shelter-*after* 20,000 people had been killed in it, and b) Krema IV
and V, the real gas chambers which did much of the camp's dirty work, aren't
shown to tourists because the SS dynamited them as the Russians approached
This very unusual offer is being run in selected college newspapers only
.  The 60-minute video, "David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper,"
sells for $50 in the U.S. and Europe.  For a limited time you can obtain
this one-of-a-kind documentary for $14.95 -- postpaid!
   Why are we making this singular special offer?  To provide informa-
tion about the Auschwitz story that almost certainly you will never get
from any other source at your campus.  This is a milestone historical
documentary!  The price is right.  Order now!
No, it's merely a bad piece of misinformation. And the money probably goes
straight to Willis Carto's pocket anyway.
Daniel Case                            State University of New York at Buffalo
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                            Ceci n'est pas une pipe
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