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McVay's idea for the website came to him when he read Holocaust-denying material online posted by a Dan Gannon from Portland, Oregon, and he started his Holocaust research by borrowing books about the genocide and posting that research online. As requests for more information appeared, and he amassed 3500 pages of Holocaust information, he opened up Nizkor online.
McVay's approach to Holocaust denial
On a committee of the Canadian Parliament which was assembled in 1996, McVay stated that the solution to Holocaust denial online was not to criminalize it, but to provide education on the Holocaust and to directly debate Holocaust deniers' points.
Simon Wiesenthal Center's Sol Littman does not care for this approach to Holocaust denial and, as proven by what Nizkor calls "The Littman Letter", is not really sure which side Nizkor and McVay take on the Holocaust. Yea, it really sounds as bad as it looks...
Libels, threats, and other crap against Nizkor
Due to the anti-Holocaust-denial nature of Nizkor, the website and McVay have been the targets of a lot of crap thrown against them.
There are people who think Nizkor is written by a Ukrainian-born "Wladislaw Fedorjevic Nizkor", who "lives some 80 km west of Toronto in a dumped freight container", "was suspected for having sent a letter bomb to Ernst Zundel, the revisionist historian", "receives his web site funding from the Wiesenthal Center near Hollywood, USA", "is funded in part by Bonn-Germany" (aka West Germany) and got "a donation of 200,000 Deutschmarks was submitted by German ex-Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, also dubbed Al Kohlpone", who was at the time "under party fraud investigation".
Just so you can see how Nizkor faces this crap, you can see more on their "Encouragements" page (that's right, encouragements)..
Nizkor has a list of fallacies on his website, based on Dr. Michael C. Labossiere's Fallacy Tutorial Pro 3.0 Macintosh program.
- Fallacy Files
- Logically Fallacious
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Your Logical Fallacy Is
- According to McVay's personal webpage
- See the Wikipedia article on Nizkor Project.
- Evidence - Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of People with Disabilities, Tuesday, April 30, 1996
- The Littman Letter
- The Bart Alsbrook "BootBoy" Libel
- Don Ellis & 'hatewatch.com'
- W.A.R. Targets Nizkor
- The "Wladislaw Nizkor" Fraud
- Nizkor Encouragements