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our dossier on Professor Richard "Skunky"
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
to clear holocaust thesis author's name
"appalling" treatment of so-called Holocaust
detractor Joel Hayward has prompted some
leading New Zealand academics and political figures
to mount a campaign to clear his name.
ACT MP Rodney Hide and the executive director of
the New Zealand Business Roundtable, Roger Kerr,
are among dozens of national and international
community leaders and academics to put their names
to a petition
printed in two major metropolitan newspapers
Petition organiser, Martin Lally,
Associate Professor at Victoria University's School
of Economics and Finance, alleges the university
working party set up in 2000 to investigate whether
Dr Hayward's masters thesis should be revoked "set
in train a process that destroyed this man's
Other academics had
said they supported the campaign but did not
wish to sign a petition because their chances of
promotion would be impeded, he told NZPA today.
However, Canterbury University chancellor
Robin Mann said the matter of Dr Hayward had
been dealt with and there was no intention to
reopen the matter.
The furore over Joel Hayward's 1993 thesis,
which questioned whether Hitler personally
ordered the extermination of the Jewish people and
suggested it was impossible to know how many were
killed, dates from 2000, when a working party
concluded it was "flawed" and downgraded it.
Today's petition states that Dr Hayward resigned
from his position at Massey University in 2002,
"apparently as a result of ongoing hostility
towards him arising from the previous events".
The row was reignited in May, when Canterbury
University ordered the destruction of copies of the
history department's journal, History Now,
which contained an
article on the alleged persecution of Dr
The article's author, history lecturer Thomas
Fudge, has lodged a formal complaint with the
university council over Vice-Chancellor Professor
Roy Sharp's management of what some regard as a
book burning scandal.
The complaint has been referred to the
vice-chancellor's employment committee, which is
due to report to a full university council meeting
Our dossier on the Joel
Hayward case | Our
dossier on Professor Richard "Skunky"
Canberra MP Rodney
Hide signs petition calling on University to
recompense Joel Hayward
July 2003, NZ Herald: "Holocaust
thesis ruined my life says historian"
Report of the Working
Party established by University of Canterbury to
Inquire into Hayward Case | summary
at heart of 'book burning' row | 'Book-burners'
feared libel suit
Joel Hayward thesis: 'The
Fate of Jews in German Hands' (zip
Fate of Joel Hayward in New Zealand Hands: From
Holocaust Historian to Holocaust? Part I |
threats and breakdowns - the Holocaust thesis
destroyed my life
Aug 19, 2003: University
chief's job in doubt. The position of Canterbury
(NZ) University Vice-Chancellor Roy Sharp to be
reviewed after Hayward scandal
Richard J. Evans:
Academic standards the issue, not freedom |
replies, reminds readers that Evans was highly
paid to destroy him