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18 June 2019 - 16 Sivan 5779 - ט"ז סיון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson dies E-mail

Robert Faurisson, a former French academic whose denial of the Holocaust inspired many claims that the genocide did not happen, died on 21 October in his hometown of Vichy. He was 89.

British-born Faurisson was a staunch defender of Marshal Philippe Petain, the French leader who collaborated with Nazi occupiers of the country during WWII, and whose government was named for its former seat of Vichy. Faurisson was convicted several times for claiming there were no systematic mass killings of Jews by Nazi Germany.

A former professor of French literature at the University of Lyon, Faurisson claimed there were no gas chambers in wartime Europe, saying deported Jews died instead of disease and malnutrition.

He said The Diary of Anne Frank was a hoax, and was convicted by a French court in 1981 of inciting hatred and racial discrimination for a book claiming that reports about the Holocaust were “grossly exaggerated” and that genocide was not a policy fundamental to Nazism.

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