Campus police at Washington University in St. Louis alerted local and federal authorities last month after an unnerving, anti-Semitic voicemail was left for a university librarian.
The librarian, who asked not to be identified, notified The Huffington Post of the voicemail through the Documenting Hate project.
In a March 15 voicemail, the unidentified male caller accuses the librarian of advocating white genocide and calls the Holocaust a fucking lie.
(White genocide is a popular term among white supremacists, who view ideas of diversity and tolerance as threats to the white race.)
The caller seemed aware that the librarian had recently helped organize an exhibit on the Holocaust at a local museum.
No evidence of gas chambers, no evidence of mass graves, the man says in the voicemail message. The Nazis just wouldnt have had the resources to dig up these mass graves, pound them into dust, and then scatter it everywhere. They were fighting a war on three fronts.
Its ridiculous…[inaudible]… you use [the Holocaust] as a club to bash white people over the head, the caller continues. You openly advocate for white genocide and youre not silenced on that but any contradictions to the Holohoax and you go apeshit.
So its all coming to bear, the caller says at the end of the two-minute rant. So I would get really nervous if I was you.
The librarian told HuffPost that he brushed off the voicemail at first. But the more I listened to it, he said, the more concerned I became.
It was more disturbing, he added.
Susan McGinn, a spokeswoman for Washington University in St. Louis, said that there was no way to track who left the voicemail.
Although campus police determined the call didnt constitute a threat, McGinn said officers put caller ID on the librarians landline phone in case he receives another message.
We alerted local and federal authorities as well as Jewish organizations just to make them aware, McGinn said.
Aryeh Tuchman, associate director at the Anti-Defamation Leagues Center on Extremism, told HuffPost the voicemail basically conforms with the ideas of Holocaust denial, a prominent anti-Semitic movement which either denies or downplays the well-documented murder and genocide of six million Jews during World War II.
Holocaust Denial, Explained, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
At its core Holocaust denial is an anti-Jewish conspiracy theory, which claims that somehow Jews… are basically in control of various facets of society, Tuchman said.
Part of that conspiracy theory, Tuchman said, is that Jews are in control of academia, where they can push Holocaust studies on students, a field Holocaust deniers view as a sham.
Whats also implicit in Holocaust denial, Tuchman added, is that Jews control governments.
Because Germany has admitted role in Holocaust, and why would they do that if Jews werent pulling the strings? he said.
Holocaust denial, Tuchman added, assumes a series of anti-Semitic tropes, including that Jews are greedy, Jews want power, Jews want to undermine the integrity and the power of the other races and the other people among whom they live.
The voicemail comes amid a perceived surge of anti-Semitic acts across the country. In recent months, Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized, Jewish community centers and organizations have been threatened, and swastikas and other types of anti-Semitic graffiti have been discovered on schools.
Last month in Seattle, someone spray-painted Holocaust Is Fake History on a Jewish temple.
A report from The Southern Poverty Law Center earlier this year on the rising number of hate groups in America noted that [President Donald] Trumps run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white mans country.
Heres a complete transcript of the voicemail left at the Washington University in St. Louis library:
…on the note of Holocaust studies – why is it the only topic that isnt open for debate? And why in many nations in Europe its outlawed to even discuss it? If it were the truth then it wouldnt need laws to support it. But all the information about it is supplied by the Soviet Union, communists.Everything, all the camps, were behind Soviet lines so how can we believe the Soviets were giving the true information when they lied about everything else? Supposedly this is true information they didnt lie about that but they lied about everything else. So how can that be possible? No evidence of gas chambers, no evidence of mass graves. Um, the Nazis just wouldnt have had the resources to dig up these mass graves, pound them into dust, and then scatter it everywhere. They were fighting a war on three fronts. Its ridiculous…[inaudible]… you use this as a club to bash white people over the head. You openly advocate for white genocide and youre not silenced on that but any contradictions to the Holohoax and you go apeshit. Youre flipping your shit all over the cage and everything, screaming anti-Semite and Nazi and all this other fucking stupid shit. Its all a fucking lie and its being exposed and I think maybe you guys maybe better run for the exits because people are finding out youve been extorting money and extorting Palestine for a century. So its all over. We need to get these Holocaust studies stopped because theyre fucking lies, just like Jews ran the slave trade. You said whites ran it but youre not white, and Jews arent white, and you ran the slave trade. So its all coming to bare. So I would get really nervous if I was you.
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