CounterContempt opines that this is a “very friendly correspondence, complete with praise for the denier’s work, and an offer of assistance on Chomsky’s part.”
In one of the letters dated March 10, 1984, from Chomsky to Rollins, we read the following:
I’m very glad to hear that you are writing about Elie Wiesel, who is one of the major frauds of our time. His attitude towards Israel is essentially the same as that of the Communist party members towards the USSR, or of ‘good Germans’ towards the Nazis. (…)
Wiesel’s “shameful subservience to the State of Israel,” Chomsky continues, is a “stance” that is “all the more grotesque in his case because of the pretense of saintliness. It may be, however, that many people are aware of his exploitation of the Holocaust.”
The other letter released by CounterContempt today is dated June 14, 1992. Chomsky expresses contempt for those who, in the name of criminalizing Holocaust denial,
give maximum publicity to far-out nuts whose views are bitterly condemned with remarkable unanimity and fervour, and who would, in fact, be unknown if it were not for the vast attention lovingly lavished upon them.
I couldn’t agree more (see above.)
But the thing is: that seems like an odd sentiment to express in a letter to a man whom CounterContempt identifies as a Holocaust denier, (i.e., a “far out nut”).
I invite others to clear up my confusion.
Needless to say, the onus is on CounterContempt to reveal the origin of these letters and offer assurances of their authenticity.
After that, and after all the letters have been released and authenticated, Noam Chomsky may or may not wish to comment.
The comments beneath that CounterContempt blog post are already lively, to say the least.
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