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The Times,

July 3, 1986


France stops doctorate on Nazi gas chambers

From Diana Geddes


M Henri Rocques, who caused a public. outcry with the submission of his doctoral thesis questioning the existence of the Nazi gas extermination chambers, is to be stripped of his doctorate. RocqueswThe professor who recommended the award will be suspended from his post.

M Alain Devaquet, Minister for Research and Higher Education, said yesterday that he had instructed the principal of the University of Nantes, from which M Rocques' doctorate was obtained, to take those measures in the light of a government inquiry into the affair revealing several "irregularities" including a forged signature.

M Jean Discamps, head of the Nantes Education Service, who carried out the inquiry, said that M Rocques, a retired agricultural engineer and a former member of an extreme-right anti-Semite group, had originally been enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Paris IV, But he had been forced to look for another university after his head of studies at Paris IV had refused to continue to supervise his thesis.

M Discamps' report shows that M Jean-Claude Rivière, of the French Literature department of Nantes University, had agreed to take on M Rocques in March 1985, despite the fact that the deadline for student enrolments had passed three months earlier, and despite the fact that M Rocques did not have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for a doctorate at Nantes.

M Rocques, aged 65, was secretary-general from I 955 to 1958 of an extreme-right group, the Phalange Françoise, which openly expressed anti-Semitic and racist views. It was outlawed by the Government in 1958. He is close to revisionist historians who are seeking to reinstate the Nazi movement.


David Irving explains:

Henri Rocques, who was what would now be called a "mature" student, spent many years researching the famous 1945 report written by SS officer Kurt Gerstein, who was head of the Pest Control division at Auschwitz. Gerstein's name figures on the Cyanide (Zyklon B) procurement papers in the Nuremberg files. Captured by the French, he died in captivity -- but not before penning, not just one report, but seven reports (as Rocques found out), each one several shades more lurid than the last. The seventh report is the one eagerly used by such conformist historians as Prof. Christopher Browning and Prof. Robert Van Pelt.

See my hilarious cross-examination of Browning in the Lipstadt trial, where this "academic" has to explain why he surreptitiously omitted the more monstrous statements by Gerstein when writing his Expert Witness report for the defence. [Lipstadt Trial Transcripts: see especially Day 17, February 8, 2000, at page 163]

Rocques, in the course of his years of research, obtained the confidential French police file on Gerstein. This contained private letters which he had written in captivity, which clearly showed that he was mentally disturbed. Indeed, he is alleged to have killed himself. Hence the fury of the largely Jewish establishment when Nantes university, quite rightly, awarded Rocques a doctorate for his well-researched thesis on the Gerstein Report. I recently (October 2001) donated my copy of the two-volume thesis, which Rocques gave to me, to the Institute for Historical Review in California.


Related items on this website:

Henri Rocques: Thesis mark condemned
David Irving writes 1994 to The West Australian, about identical quantities of Zyklon-B canisters shipped to Auschwitz and Oranienburg (a non-"gas-chamber" camp) 
On the "madman" Kurt Gerstein see Prof Raul. Hilberg's testimony, 1985
IHR publishes thesis as book
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