Dariusz Ratajczak November 28, in Opole , Poland — in Opole, Poland  was a Polish historian formerly of the University of Opole , publicist and right-wing activist. Ratajczak was born in Opole , Upper Silesia , Poland. From Ratajczak was working in a higher education institution in Opole, later changed to University of Opole , as a history lecturer until In that year he was dismissed following the controversy about his book Dangerous Topics , in which he asserted that the gas chambers at Auschwitz were used only to delouse the prisoners.
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A Polish court has decided not to punish a history professor for a "Holocaust denial" book that presents arguments questioning aspects of the familiar Six Million extermination story. On December 7, , the regional court in Opole, in southern Poland, found that Dariusz Ratajczak supported revisionist views on the Holocaust issue in his book, Tematy Niebezpieczne "Dangerous Themes". But it decided not to punish the year-old historian because the self-published volume had limited distribution and was not damaging enough to warrant punishment under a Polish statute that outlaws "public denial" of German wartime crimes.
The court called the book "merely a minor social annoyance. He also cited the forensic investigations carried out at Auschwitz and Birkenau by Fred Leuchter and Germar Rudolf, and their conclusions that, for technical reasons, well-known claims of killing millions of Jews in gas chambers are impossible.
While Ratajczak did not explicitly endorse these views, he did call testimony of Holocaust "eyewitness" survivors "useless," and described establishment Holocaust writers as "followers of a religion of the Holocaust" who impose on others "a false image of the past. As the title of the book suggests, Ratajczak understands the dangers of challenging such prevailing taboos.
As he put it on page 8 :. To write about Polish-Jewish relations is a dangerous venture, especially for a Pole who holds the view that this relationship must be based on truth.
Paradoxically it is accordingly easy to be accused of narrow-minded nationalism, xenophobia and "obsessive anti-Semitism. Ratajczak, who is popular with students, was suspended in April from his teaching post at the Historical Institute of the University of Opole after complaints were made to authorities. It was not immediately known whether he would get his position back. With a child to support, his financial situation is precarious.
There is concern that Ratajczak's acquittal will be overturned on appeal as a result of pressure from the Jewish lobby, which is extraordinarily powerful in Poland. Especially vicious in the hate campaign against him has been the Jew Adam Michnik, who was a prominent "dissident" during the Communist era. Dariusz Ratajczak is a man of firm political and religious convictions, a man of character. Such men are disliked by the government of "liberal democratic" Poland no less then they were by the government of the Polish "peoples democracy.
At his trial in mid-November, Ratajczak said that in his book he had merely summarized arguments of revisionist scholars who dispute Holocaust claims, and that views presented in his book do not necessarily reflect his own.
The author of Poland's "Holocaust denial" law expressed concern about the verdict: "I am afraid that the world will get the message that denying Nazi crimes in Poland is not socially harmful. Ratajczak published copies of the first edition of the book at his own expense.
Only a few were sold at the university bookstore or directly to students, or were given away to friends, before police seized the remaining copies. Unlike similar laws elsewhere, though, the Polish law additionally bans "denial" of Communist crimes. Skip to main content. You are here Home. No Punishment for Polish 'Holocaust Denier' A Polish court has decided not to punish a history professor for a "Holocaust denial" book that presents arguments questioning aspects of the familiar Six Million extermination story.
The public prosecutor has appealed the verdict. As he put it on page 8 : To write about Polish-Jewish relations is a dangerous venture, especially for a Pole who holds the view that this relationship must be based on truth.
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