“Free speech Friday” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
We were unable to reach Nick Kollerstrom last Friday, so we’ve re-booked him for today. Nick is the author of the best book on the 7/7 London bombings, Terror on the Tube. (Watch the great new 7/7 video Kollerstrom and Farrell Are Dead.)
Nicholas Kollerstrom, PhD, has two history of science degrees, one from Cambridge 1968, plus a PhD from London, 1995. He was an honorary member of staff of University College, London for 11 years. He co-edited The Case Against War (Spokesman, comprising the CND legal arguments against the Iraq war) and then co-organised the Belgrano Inqury in 1986, publishing The Unnecessary War as its proceedings in 1998. Nick risked his reputation as a first-rate historian of science, and got kicked out of University College, London, by researching the evidence for Nazi gassings in WWII death camps – and finding that evidence underwhelming. His findings are illegal in many European countries.
Nick has been vilified and boycotted by much of the UK 9/11 truth movement due to his views on the holocaust.
Though I do not share Nick’s views, I don’t think people should be vilified, boycotted, or jailed for expressing unpopular views about history. Nick has impressed me as a competent and careful thinker and researcher. If he is wrong, those who disagree with him ought to calmly explain why, using logic and evidence. Their immediate resort to hysteria and witch-hunting creates a presumption that his views cannot be properly refuted. Those who vilify and boycott him, therefore, obviously believe, deep down inside, that Nick is right. (The biggest holocaust deniers on earth are the people who have passed and enforced laws against holocaust denial – they obviously believe the holocaust is a fantasy so ridiculous that it can only be maintained by jailing people who do historical research.)
Me, I’m still learning about this topic. So I’m going to listen to Nick and try to evaluate his arguments, which you can read about in his articles:
The Auschwitz gas chamber illusion (the article that got Nick thrown out of University College)
The Walls of Auschwitz (the chemical evidence)