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Robert Faurisson
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    (January 25, 1929- )
    Born in Shepperton, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
    Professor of French literature at the University of Lyon (1973-1990)
    Wrote 'The Diary of Anne Frank – Is It Authentic?' (1978), 'Impact and Future of Holocaust Revisionism' (2000), 'The Leuchter Reports' (with Fred A. Leuchter and Germar Rudolf, 2005), and 'Pope Pius XII's Revisionism' (2006)
    Published two letters in Le Monde claiming that the gas chambers used to exterminate Jews didn't exist (December 1978, January 1979)
    Subsequently found guilty of defamation and incitement to racial hatred and sentenced to 3 months in prison and fined 21,000 francs
    Convicted of Holocaust denial under the Gayssot Act (1990)
    Charged in a trial for Holocaust denial again in an interview with Iranian TV station Sahar 1 (July 11, 2006)
    Given a suspended 3-month jail sentence and fined €7,500 (October 3, 2006) Like most Holocaust deniers, he calls himself a 'revisionist' and tries to use free speech to justify his denial of the Holocaust.
    Like most Holocaust deniers, he calls himself a 'revisionist' and tries to use free speech to justify his denial of the Holocaust.
    He thinks that Anne Frank's diary and Elie Wiesel's wartime accounts are fakes.
    He claimed to have interviewed Otto Frank as part of his 'research' into Anne Frank's diary, though much of what he asserted Frank told him was contradicted by Frank himself.
    He harbored anti-German sentiments during and right after World War II.
    He boasted to have discovered the only possible truth behind Arthur Rimbaud's 'Sonnet des voyelles' as an erotic text.
    To complicate matters, Noam Chomsky signed a petition supporting Faurisson's actions as free speech. (1979)
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave him an award for 'courage'. (February 2, 2012)
    He studied Greek and Latin.
    He considers himself apolitical.
    There are rumors that his bank account has been frozen.
    He was allegedly severely beaten by three youths claiming to come from a group called 'The Sons of the Memory of the Jews'. (September 16, 1989)
    The UN Human Rights Committee's support for his conviction shows that free speech doesn't include the right to spread lies and hate speech. (1996)

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