Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust revitalized
Bradley R. Smith in 2010
The Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH) was established by Bradley R. Smith in 1989 in close cooperation with revisionist activities masterminded by Willis A. Carto. Ever since, CODOH has been dedicated to defending free speech and free inquiry into the Holocaust question. In the mid-1990s, Smith and CODOH were among the first to develop a revisionist Website: www.codoh.com.
The website went offline for a short while some ten years ago, but after the arrest and deportation of Germar Rudolf from the U.S. in 2005, who since the late 1990s had been leading the main thrust of academic revisionism, Smith and his team of volunteers decided to resuscitate their website. Since the structure of CODOH.com had been defined in the mid-1990s at the dawn of the Internet age and had been patched-up many times to fit the growing needs of an increasingly complex and growing amount of data, it had eventually become a tangled web difficult to navigate. Hence, the initial reviving inertia petered out quickly and led to the site becoming static, with few new items posted since 2009. Because the same fate had befallen the other “big fish” in the revisionist pond of website – www.vho.org – something had to happen, if academic Holocaust revisionism wanted to stay alive online.
Hence, the decision was made in late 2010 to do two things with CODOH:
First, a deal was struck with The Barnes Review to closely cooperate on the sale of Holocaust revisionist books, mainly pertaining to the volumes of our prestigious series Holocaust Handbooks. Hence, since late 2010, CODOH has had its own online bookshop offering books published and distributed by The Barnes Review. We from TBR do the order fulfillment for incoming orders, and CODOH gets a fair cut of the proceeds in return. This was the first step of our support to revitalize CODOH.
The second step was to completely revamp CODOH.com and turn it into a modern website with sophisticated document management software at its base. For this, the messed-up code of all 1200+ documents on the old site had to be manually recoded, and the out-of-the-box database software had to be customized to fit CODOH’s needs. It was a work that was done entirely by unpaid volunteers spending endless hours over the past 20 months.
Please visit the news site, which has new documents posted every day and which sports a separate News section dedicated to issues surrounding the greatest taboo of Western societies. Enjoy the new slick layout, and if you find a glitch, be so kind and report it to their webmaster.
Although The Barnes Review was not directly involved in that modernization project, there has been an indirect involvement by lending manpower to the project, which was withdrawn from some of TBR’s own projects. I myself was also one of the volunteers deeply entrenched – or shall I say entangled – in this major overhaul project, which, during its final phase over the past six weeks, consumed most of my working hours. That’s my excuse why no Barnes Review newsletters, which are my responsibility, have been mailed out over the past six weeks. I hope to find your understanding for this.