Harvard Holocaust-denial ad due to ‘miscommunication’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Harvard student newspaper blamed the publication of a Holocaust-denial ad on a "miscommunication."

Harvard Crimson President Maxwell Child, in a letter to readers Sept. 9, said the paper had made a decision over the summer not to publish the ad, which appeared in Tuesday’s editions.

"Unfortunately, with three weeks of vacation between submission and publication, that decision fell through the cracks," Child wrote.

The ad was placed by the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, whose founder, Bradley Smith, has been placing ads in college newspapers for nearly two decades. The ad asked readers if they could "provide, with proof, the name of one person killed in a gas chamber in Auschwitz."

Child said the newspaper, which received a number of angry and upset e-mails and letters, had canceled the remainder of the ad’s planned run and would be returning all the money it received for publishing the advertisement.

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