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Never again

Dear Editor:

In response to Steve Campbell’s letter in which he encourages local residents to “listen to the evidence” about the Holocaust as presented in the film, “Judea Declares War on Germany: A Critical Look at WWII,” I searched the Internet for information about the film. My search led me to a site, called Honest Media Today, which is operated by Mark Farrell.

The page refers to Mr. Campbell as a colleague and encourages people to write to GrassRoots TV asking them to show the film. I downloaded and watched the film, and gained a great deal of reinforcement for my previously held opinion of Steve Campbell, Sue Gray and those who share a similar mindset. For someone to believe and tout this obvious drivel as fact, one has to either have a total lack of judgment and discrimination or be so blinded by hatred that the thought process is completely bypassed in deference to emotion. I’d encourage people, who are as yet undecided, to see the film and visit the site before forming an opinion about Mr. Campbell and Ms. Gray’s agenda.

Cursory exploration of the site revealed its intent to fan the flames of racism in general and anti-Semitism in particular. Notable among the links on the site are one to a gross misinterpretation of passages from the Talmud, which attempts to demonstrate that, according to Jewish law, one should have sexual relations with 3-year-old girls and another to “Jew Watch,” the title of which should be self explanatory but worth investigation to see the extent of the current tide of anti-Semitism. Surprisingly absent were links to recipes for the preparation of Christian babies for the Jewish High Holidays.

This film foments anti-Semitism and causes pain and suffering to the local Jewish population. It will not serve the function of education nor present an alternative point of view to existing, massively documented information. (The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum maintains a comprehensive site.)

GrassRoots TV, according to its mission statement, has absolutely no obligation to show this film, nor is it engaging in censorship or interfering with anyone’s rights under the First Amendment. If Mr. Campbell is bound and determined to exercise his perceived rights under the First Amendment, he might solicit the services of the ACLU, which defended the right of the American Nazi Party to march in the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie, Ill., several years ago.

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Mr. Campbell should rent a conference room or a hall and show it himself. He could create a PowerPoint presentation of “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” to which Dr. Toben makes obvious reference in the film.

In closing, I’ll just quote attorney Joseph Welch to Sen. Joseph McCarthy at the conclusion of the McCarthy/Army hearings in 1954, “… I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness … You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

When Hitler first appeared on the scene, people dismissed him as a crazy little guy with a funny mustache. We’re not going to make that same mistake this time …

Neal Pollack

Carbondale

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