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Arthur Butz
Associate Professor


Arthur R. Butz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the ECE department in 1966. Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Engineer at Honeywell, and a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota. He has authored about 25 publications and has supervised three Ph.D. students and 15 M.S.

 students. Art received his B.S. and M.S. in 1956 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.


Copyright © 2002 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University.





"Noted for his 1976 book, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century --an early effort to portray Holocaust denial as objective scholarly research-- Arthur Butz has steadily promoted Holocaust denial on the Internet, in articles and in public speeches for almost thirty years. Arthur Butz's place among the purveyors of Holocaust denial

is secured by his 1976 book, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, one of the first major works of Holocaust denial in the English language. Though not as active as

Ernst Zündel or David Irving, Butz has continued to play a role in the Holocaust denial movement by writing articles for the now-defunct Journal of Historical

Review (on whose editorial advisory board he served from 1980 through 2001) and occasionally speaking at Holocaust denial conferences."


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Holocaust Denial

Holocaust denial has become one of the most important vehicles for contemporary anti-Semitism. It is the invention of a collection of long-time anti-Semites and apologists for Hitler. Holocaust-denial discourse attempts to prove that the Jewish Holocaust did not happen. Also known as "Holocaust Revisionism", the individuals seeking to deny the Holocaust often have different motives and beliefs, but they all share at one point: that there was no systematic attempt by Nazi Germany to exterminate European Jewry. Those who deny the Holocaust believe that the Jews fabricated the "Big Lie" in order to gain sympathy for a homeland and to extort money, in the form of reparations payments, from Germany. The Nazis themselves can be thought of as the first Holocaust revisionists, for they tried to conceal their extermination program behind euphemisms such as "special treatment" and "final solution to the Jewish problem." Present-day revisionists all share deep seated anti-Semitic feelings, a hatred of Israel, and a need to rehabilitate and glorify Germany, fascism, and the Third Reich. This pathfinder includes resources about Holocaust revisionism and and works of Holocaust revisionism. Although those who deny the Holocaust write in many languages and in many countries, the scope of this pathfinder has been limited to works in English. This pathfinder has been divided into many categories: Web Sites, Books, Newsgroups, and Reference Tools

The Internet provides a unique forum for Holocaust denial. While deniers continue their offline activities, such as disseminating pamphlets and organizing conferences, many web sites provide a cheap and efficient way of presenting large amounts of material in an easily accessible form. The Internet, through hyperlinks, email and discussion boards, encourages the small denial groups to form an online community which can communicate quickly and easily. The prevalence of Holocaust denial on the internet is forcing counter-deniers to enter the debate, challenging them to respond to denial claims, to examine the underlying ideologies of denial, and to expose methodological errors.