On December 29, 1978, Le Monde published, under my name, a column entitled The problem of the gas chambers or ‘the rumour of Auschwitz’. On August 20, 2012 I drafted a summary of that newspaper's behaviour thus far with regard to historical revisionism, to be found at <http://robertfaurisson.blogspot.fr/2012/08/on-december-29-1978-le-monde-published.html>.
The 1978 column, followed by a second piece of mine on January 16, 1979, was to have a resounding impact in France and abroad. In it for the first time a revisionist set forth, in a context of material, scientific and criminological argumentation, the problem of the existence of that (alleged) weapon of mass destruction. It must be noted that in order to do so I used the discovery I had made on March 19, 1976 at Auschwitz: that of the building plans of all the crematoria supposed to have contained homicidal gas chambers; those drawings, which until then had been kept hidden in the archives, showed that the spaces so designated were actually all innocuous cold rooms for corpses awaiting cremation. I had gone to Auschwitz and examined the grounds and buildings (the scenes of the crime), including those in ruins. I had studied the murder weapon, that is, I had looked into the draconian conditions for the use of Zyklon B (hydrogen cyanide gas) for disinfection or pest control. I had been to the United States to examine an execution gas chamber – that of the penitentiary in Baltimore, Maryland – operating with the very same hydrogen cyanide gas.
My discoveries and findings had deeply disturbed the proponents of the official case for the alleged extermination of the Jews, opening, so to speak, a wound, and in 2012 that wound remained open at Le Monde, which often found itself being criticised for having, in 1978, "published Faurisson".
Although well aware of this state of things, on August 1, 2012 I was still rather surprised when Ariane Chemin, a female Le Monde journalist, came to see me at my home, bringing some odd news: Le Monde had decided to deal with a column published in its pages 34 years earlier, on December 29, 1978. And indeed three weeks later, on August 21, Louis Dreyfus’s newspaper carried a lengthy article by Mrs Chemin explaining to its readers how it had, in 1978, committed a “monumental blunder”; she openly found fault with the management of the time and presented me as a deceiver, a professional forger who had managed to get published “almost by breaking in”.
That article by Ariane Chemin (Le jour où Le Monde a publié la tribune de Faurisson, August 21, 2012) and my report on it (Les "chambres à gaz" et Le Monde, en perdition, September 11, 2012) can be found in French athttp://www.lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/article/2012/08/20/le-jour-ou-le-monde-a-publie-la-tribune-de-faurisson_1747809_3236.html and http://robertfaurisson.blogspot.it/2012/09/les-chambres-gaz-et-le-monde-en.html, respectively.
The content of Mrs Chemin's piece was so poor and so insulting that I had to bring a suit for libel against both her and Louis Dreyfus, as well as La Société éditrice du Monde. The trial is scheduled for Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 1:30 PM in the seventeenth chamber of the Paris criminal court.
January 30, 2013