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[date unknown, presumably 1986]

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Thesis mark condemned

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NANTES University's scientific council has condemned the awarding of an honorary doctorate to a French agricultural engineer for a thesis claiming that the Nazi gas chambers may not have existed.

Mr. Henri Rocques, 66, had received a "well done'" mark for his thesis.

The scientific council voted unanimously to denounce the faculty for giving such praise to a thesis which attempted to show that the Zyklon B gas used by the Nazis could have been designed merely to disinfect clothing.

On the other hand, the organ of orthodox Catholicism, Rivarol, wrote that the Jews "could not accept anyone shedding even the slightest doubt on one of the bases of their legitimacy -- the gas chambers."


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.


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