author of book denying Holocaust
WARSAW, Poland (AP)
Prosecutors in southwestern Poland charged
a history professor Monday for writing a
book that denies that the Nazis killed
millions of Jews in death
The book "Dangerous Themes" by
Dariusz Ratajczak violates a Polish
law banning the public denial of Nazi and
communist crimes, prosecutor spokesman
Roman Wawrzynek told the PAP state
news agency. If convicted, Ratajczak faces
up to three years in prison.
Ratajczak claims in his book that the
gas chambers at Nazi death camps were used
to kill lice on prisoners. It calls
testimony from eyewitnesses "useless" and
describes researchers of Nazi crimes as
"followers of the religion of Holocaust"
who impose on others "a false image of the
past," media reports said.
The book was sold in university
Ratajczak was suspended from his job at
the Historical Institute of the University
of Opole [formerly Oppeln] after a
commission investigating Nazi crimes in
Poland complained to prosecutors about the
book in April.