Monday, January 10, 2011

Surprise, surprise: Bolton's anti-semitism goes back online

In a recent post I noted the Broadcasting Standards Authority's decision not to uphold a complaint that Kerry Bolton, one of New Zealand longest-serving and highest-profile neo-Nazis, made against me back in 2009. Bolton had objected to my calling him an anti-semite and a Holocaust denier during an appearance on Radio New Zealand, and the BSA had initially upheld his complaint. After Radio New Zealand got litigous the High Court asked the BSA to revisit its decision, leading to December's verdict against Bolton.

Bolton's complaint to the BSA had dwelt upon the link I had made between him and the Adelaide Institute, one of the world's most notorious organisations of Holocaust deniers. The Institute is forthright about its anti-semitism and its admiration for Nazism - at the moment, the homepage on the organisation's website features a heart-warming Christmas message recorded for radio in 1942 by Goebbels - and its director Frederick Toben has been imprisoned in Australia for inciting hatred against Jews.

In his submissions to the BSA, Bolton denied any sort of association with the Adelaide Institute, asserting that he had not produced texts for the outfit and stating rather irrelevantly that, since he had not travelled to Australia for many years, he had not had any direct personal contact with Frederick Toben.

When the BSA asked me back in 2009 for proof of my claims about Bolton's ties with the Adelaide Institute, I sent them an e mail with a set of links to articles which Bolton had published on the Institute's website, and also referred them to pages on the site which described Bolton as the Institute's official 'New Zealand Associate'. By the time the BSA got my e mail, though, the pages I had referred to had mysteriously disappeared from cyberspace.

The disappearance of the texts from the Adelaide Institute website helped convince the BSA to rule initially that the evidence I had provided against Bolton was 'scant'. After Radio New Zealand won a second hearing from the BSA, I helped its team to dig up a large number of offline texts which demonstrated Bolton's anti-semitism and his history of Holocaust denial. These texts, and the testimony of a series of academics, probably helped convince the BSA to overturn its decision and to find against Bolton at the end of last year.

Now that Bolton's complaint against me has been dismissed, and the mass media has cited and quoted some of the plentiful evidence of the man's Holocaust denial, a curious event has occurred over at the website of the Adelaide Institute. Without any warning or explanation, all of the Bolton-related pages at the Institute's site have miraculously reappeared.

In an open letter to the German ambassador to New Zealand written at the beginning of 2004 and now available once again at the Adelaide Institute website, Bolton explains that Judaism and Bolshevism are the same thing, and condemns the 'craven, defeatist' mentality of Germans who regret the history of the Third Reich. An open letter to 'the War Generation' reveals that the Jews were responsible for starting of the Second World War, claims that the concentration camps where they were kept during the war were actually quite nice places, and salutes Hitler for 'discovering the link between cancer and tobacco'. Mel Gibson doesn't have many friends these days, so he may be comforted by the fact that Bolton wrote a piece for the Adelaide Institute defending him as a 'moral, decent man' unfairly traduced by a sinister cabal of Jews. Bolton's contributions to the Institute's website also include a couple of defences of Joel Hayward, the pseudo-historian whose Holocaust-denying Masters thesis for Canterbury University caused a scandal back in 2003, and a wild rant about Jewish 'anti-Gentilism'.

Other newly-resuscitated pages at the Adelaide Institute website name Bolton as the organisation's New Zealand Associate, and reveal that he was lying when he claimed not to have had personal contact with Frederick Toben. In a 'Letter from Wellington' written in May 2004 and published in the Institute's newsletter, Toben explains that he has been enjoying a holiday at Bolton's home in the windy city. Toben notes excitedly that he and Bolton have had 'lots to talk about'.

When he spoke to the Otago Daily Times about the BSA's recent ruling against him, Bolton asserted that he was "agnostic" about the Holocaust. "I simply don't know how it happened" he claimed, "and to what extent it happened". The texts which have reappeared on the Adelaide Institute website show that Bolton is anything but 'agnostic' about the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century. They show him repeatedly denying that Jews were the victims of genocide during World War Two, and repeatedly deploying the notion of a global Jewish conspiracy which was such a stock in trade of Hitler's regime.

Bolton has presumably decided, in the aftermath of the BSA's verdict, that there is nothing to be gained from continuing to disguise his connections with the Adelaide Institute and with Frederick Toben. But his crude attempts to manipulate the record of his views and his political connections by deleting and then restoring webpages only demonstrate his hostility to rational argument and serious research.


Blogger AHD said...

Who would have thought that a holocaust denier would act in bad faith?! Colour me shocked.

I guess my only surprise is that there wasn't a cache (google or otherwise) out there that contained a version of the webpage prior to modification (and subsequent modification back). It's normally pretty hard to get away with a wholesale change of a website without having some previous version still available out there somewhere.

The BSA's sheer incompetence boggles the mind.

9:08 am  
Anonymous Edward said...

Bolton is as full of it as his unseemly allies it would appear.

9:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arizona shooter had links to neo-Nazi group:

11:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha Bolton thinks the Out of Africa thesis is a conspiracy against whites:

11:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Occidental Quarterly - the site Bolton endorses and writes for

'Whether they are leftists or rightists, Marxists or liberals, believers or atheists, Zionists or “perfectly assimilated,” the Jews are always the most fervent supporters of the multicultural society, planetary miscegenation, and global Empire. When all other identities disappear, only the Jewish people will remain, recognized by all as the “chosen people” of God.

Jewish Fanaticism, first off, is the thirty million deaths, Russians and Ukrainians liquidated in the Communist adventure of 1917 to 1947. One can never say enough about the appalling role of Jewish ideologues, Jewish bureaucrats, and Jewish torturers in this story.

Jewish Fanaticism, it is this systematic eagerness to make Europeans feel guilty, to make them hang their heads and fall to their knees for crimes they did not commit, or for crimes for which Jews themselves might feel a little guilty but prefer “to transfer” to others. One thinks here of the leaders of the black slave trade, for example, or the shameless exploitation of the wealth and raw materials of the Third World.

Jewish Fanaticism, it is this unrestrained propaganda, conveyed through all the media, in favor of immigration and the multicultural society. Jewish intellectuals, Jewish politicians, and Jewish financiers bear most of the responsibility for the immigration invasion that has disfigured France in only 30 years. It is necessary to say it again and again: immigration is not a natural phenomenon but the result of a tireless campaign of cosmopolitan propaganda which is part of the politico-religious plan of the Jewish people.'

11:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This needs changing!

11:52 am  
Blogger AHD said...

Just further to my previous comment: with about 20 seconds searching I found this, an archive of the revisions the bolton page has gone through on the Adelaide Institute website.*//

1:10 pm  
Blogger maps said...

Very interesting, AHD - ta. I'm not very techno-savvy, as you've probably noticed!

4:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link to the Adelaide Institute as my workplace web filter deems the site to be Hate Speech. Incidentally I hadn't realised they screened for that kind of thing until I tried to access that link

2:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the above insert "is blocked"

2:34 am  
Anonymous Keir said...

Was any of this sworn testimony? I am no lawyer, and you might want just to get shot of the whole thing, and this is not to say you should do this, but if any of this rises to the level of misleading the BSA (or whatever the legalese is) & it was sworn testimony wouldn't Bolton's actions approach perjury (in particular, the bit where he asserts no personal connection with Toben)? Or at least, if not sworn, some sort of contempt of the BSA?

I haven't a clue about the legal details of this, but it might be worth finding someone who does and asking them, given that you would hope there would be some consequences for this kind of chicanery.

4:59 pm  
Blogger AHD said...

Being techno-savvy isn't your job!

The BSA, on the other hand, were tasked with discovering whether Bolton had denied the holocaust. It was up to them to find that, especially when they ruled against you. AIt would seem pretty unlikely that you would just make up a series of fake links and send them to the BSA -- surely they must have realized what was going on?!

Seems like they decided that absence of evidence (due to lack of searching!) was evidence of absence!

In hindsight I probably should have searched earlier for caches of the previous versions of the Adelaide Institute site. I just assumed--incorrectly--that someone at the BSA would have already attempted to look for one!


5:05 pm  
Blogger marco said...

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11:07 pm  
Blogger Karl Winn said...

That image of a 'nazi' saluting Kerry Bolton - isn't Kerry Bolton, it's Friedrich Toben !!! You should change this if only to retain some credibility in your blog.

9:55 pm  
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