DALLAS, Texas (Jan. 31)
A Saudi Arabian agent, William Grimstad, is the real author of “The Six Million, Reconsidered, “an “aberration” of the Holocaust and a work of most sophisticated anti-Semitism ” David Lehrer, Western states counsel and fact-finding director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’ nai B’rith said here at a forum entitled “Extremism in the World Today: Is Nazism on the Rise?” The forum was held last week at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas and cosponsored by the center and the ADL.
Lehrer said that the Grimstad book, which is sold by the National States Rights Party headquartered in Marietta, Go., was originally published in late 1977. The nominal author is the Committee for Truth in History and the copyright is held by Media Research Associates, bath of which are “phony,” he said.
Although the real author had never been disclosed, Lehrer explored, the ADL discovered in October, 1978 that the book had been written by Grimstad. The ADL further discovered that in 1977 Grimstad had registered with the U.S. State Department as an agent of Saudi-Arabia, he said.
According to Lehrer, ADL believes that the Saudis paid $20,000 to Grimstad for his account that the Holocaust never occurred. In addition to being a paid agent of Saudi Arabia, Grimstad is the former editor of “White Power, a newspaper published by an extreme rightwing Nazi group, Lehrer said.
DANGER OF EXTREMIST GROUPS
Lehrer also discussed Nazism throughout the world and pointed out the swastika has a visceral effect on Jewish groups, regardless of the real threat implied. Although other rightwing groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Liberty Lobby bear no swastika, they are equally as dangerous, be said. He emphasized that the ability of Nazi and other extreme rightwing groups to get media attention for out of proportion to their very small number is a serious problem that requires vigilance.
Dr. David Sidorsky, a professor of philosophy at Columbia University, stated that he doesn’t see Nazism as a real threat to the Jews in the United States today. The three major threats to world Jewry, according to Sidorsky, come from the left and are the current situation in Iran, the Palestine Liberation, Organization, and the Soviet Union’s policies of not giving Jews equal rights nor allowing them to emigrate.
Ronald Fiedelman of Dallas, chairman of the Dallas Regional Beard of ADL, was chairman of the forum.