Christchurch New Zealand, London, April
by Michael Rentoul
picture: Dr Josel Hayward
The University of
Canterbury will look into how a degree
that questions key assumptions about the
Jewish Holocaust was awarded.
The university's governing council
decided yesterday that a working party
should look into the affair.
In May, the
Chronicle criticised a masters
thesis by a former Canterbury student,
Joel Hayward. The thesis alleges
there were no gas chambers, that far fewer
than six million Jews were killed, and
there were no plans for mass murder
Dr Hayward, now a history lecturer at
Massey University, wrote to the
Chronicle withdrawing the main
conclusions. He has also issued
corrections to his thesis.
Jewish Council president David
Zwartz has asked the university to
revoke Dr Hayward's degree and withdraw
the thesis from its library.
said the university should have raised
questions about the thesis before it was
completed and never allowed it to be
Citing the values of open scholarship
and freedom of expression, the university
In a memo to staff on April 20.
Canterbury Vice-Chancellor Daryl Le
Grew said the university needed to
know what happened and why. The university
did not endorse Holocaust revisionism.
Its scholarship was subject to
criticism and peer review. When its
scholarship was found to be wrong that
should not be hidden.
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