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He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby sans concession » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:38 am)

He still teaches, students still squirm

Quietly teaching electrical engineering now, but still a Holocaust denier



Students don't have too many nice things to say about Arthur R. Butz. He is a professor of electrical engineering at Northwestern University, and according to his students, he is boring, his handwriting is too small to make out on the board and he leaves all the real teaching to the teaching assistants. While their words about Butz are harsh, students tend to keep their silence when it comes to a darker part of his work, one that extends far outside the realm of electrical engineering. Butz is a prominent Holocaust denier, but many students walk into his classes without knowing it.

Butz graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1965. Over the next 10 years, Butz developed a name for himself in his field. In 1974 he received tenure from Northwestern as a professor of electrical engineering.

According to his faculty bio page on the Northwestern website, his areas of research include “digital signal processing” and “median and related filtering.” Student comments on Butz through an anonymous online professor review system operated by Northwestern were less than enthusiastic about his teaching style.

“Arthur Butz is lame. He is a good teacher, but his lab lectures do not generally contribute to the lab itself. Also, he doesnt [sic] seem to like the labs himself,” read one comment.

Another comment seemed to allude to Butz’s extra-curricular activities. The comment read, “This guy is a Nazi and his class sucks. You’ll only learn from the [Teaching Assistant].”

In 1976, Butz published a book on a topic far outside his area of academic expertise in electrical engineering: “The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against The Presumed Extermination of European Jewry.” The book went on to become influential in the Holocaust denial movement.

In his book, Butz argues that the Holocaust was a creation of Washington to help America’s post-war interests and that this is the key to understanding the truth. “The conclusion is that Washington constructed a frame-up on the Jewish extermination charge,” Butz wrote. “Once this is recognized, the true nature of German Jewish policy will be seen.”

According to his book, many investigators of the Holocaust did not analyze the evidence critically enough, leading to their acceptance of the “myth.” “Surely any thoughtful person must be skeptical,” Butz wrote.

Butz also used the book to condemn the creation of the State of Israel. “The ‘justification’ that Zionists invariably give for driving the Arabs out of Palestine always involves the six million legend to a great extent,” Butz wrote. “Palestine was not invaded by six million dead Jews or, indeed, by any dead Jews and, in any case, it is not just or reasonable to make the Arabs pay for whatever the Germans are supposed to have done to Jews in Europe during the Second World War.”

Over the years, Butz has made some noise, provoking many angry reactions. In 1991, Butz wrote an op-ed for The Daily Northwestern, the student newspaper, rejecting the Holocaust. In 2005, after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s assertion that the Holocaust was a myth, Butz issued a press release congratulating the Iranian head of state.

The Chicago Tribune quoted Butz as saying, “I congratulate him [Ahmadinejad] on becoming the first head of state to speak out clearly on these issues and regret only that it was not a Western head of state.”

Northwestern’s president at the time, Henry Bienen, responded with an email sent to all Northwestern students. He wrote, “While I hope everyone understands that Butz's opinions are his own and in no way represent the views of the university or me personally, his reprehensible opinions on this issue are an embarrassment to Northwestern.”

60 members of Butz’s department at Northwestern signed a letter that read, according to a Daily Northwestern article, “Butz’s Holocaust denial is an affront to our humanity and our standards as scholars, and hence mandates our censure.”

The letter called for Butz to resign from the university, as it read, “We urge him to leave our Department and our University and stop trading on our reputation for academic excellence.”

Since then Butz has maintained his silence. He told New Voices via email that he is “not giving interviews.”

Students interviewed by New Voices were unanimous in saying that the he does not include his views in class. Several students said it was their understanding that Butz agreed never to discuss the issue following his comments about Ahmadinejad. However, some still find Butz’s extracurricular work hard to deal with.

“It makes me uncomfortable to know that he believes this,” said Sam Toizer, a Jewish sophomore from San Francisco. Toizer is in Butz’s Introduction to Electrical Engineering class, a required course for electrical engineering majors. “When I found out, I found it really hard to pay attention to what he was saying.”

Toizer said he discovered that Butz was a vocal Holocaust denier after he was already in the class, and decided to approach the professor about the topic. Toizer knocked on his office door and asked if he would be willing to discuss his views. Butz said that he would not discuss it and immediately shut the door.

Soon after, Toizer told his parents about Butz, and he said that they were “appalled,” but, that they did not want him to approach Butz about it until the quarter ended.

Other students in the class occasionally discuss Butz’s activities, but feel that Butz is really “just an old guy teaching the lab,” as Matt Jaffe put it.

“Not many people are angry about it,” the sophomore said. “We just kind of make fun of him.”

Jaffe, like Toizer, was not aware that Butz was a Holocaust denier before signing up for the class. He found out from a member of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, a national historically Jewish fraternity.

While Professor Butz has remained quiet lately, reactions to him in the past were strong.

Rabbi Michael Balinsky, the Hillel director at Northwestern from 1981-2000, said that when students came to him unsure about whether they should take Butz’s class, he discouraged them.

Many campus groups tried to engage Butz in public debate or discussion, which Balinsky opposed.

“To give him a platform is to give him everything he wants,” said Balinsky, now the executive vice president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. “We thought it would be a terrible mistake.”

There have been many efforts to counteract Butz, such as a student petition in 2006 demanding Butz remain silent about his views after he congratulated Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust.

Perhaps the most dramatic result of opposing Butz’s views was Sheldon Epstein’s departure from Northwestern. Epstein served as an adjunct instructor for a course in Butz’s department. Even after Jerome B. Cohen, the dean of the engineering school, told him not to, Epstein included Holocaust studies in the curriculum of his electrical engineering course. Epstein’s contract was subsequently not renewed. According to a Daily Northwestern article from the time, Epstein believed his contract was not renewed because he using his class to oppose Butz.

Still today, Butz teaches a required introductory course, leaving electrical engineering students with few options.

Balinsky said that Northwestern “should get someone else” to teach the class.

Toizer said that Northwestern’s position is a difficult one, seeing as the current administration must deal with a professor who received his tenure so long ago.

“I don’t think there’s really anything Northwestern can do, except, like, ask him to leave,” Toizer said.

One solution Toizer believed could be effective would be to tell students of Butz’s activities in advance. He says he wishes he knew before he signed up for the class, and is frustrated whenever he must listen to Butz in class.

Toizer, talking about what comes to mind when he thinks of Butz, said, “How can someone so educated be so ignorant about something?”

Gabi P. Remz is a freshman at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He spent the past year studying and doing national service in Israel. He is a New Voices Magazine national correspondent.


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"Many campus groups tried to engage Butz in public debate or discussion, which Balinsky opposed"

That is my favorite part of this smear article. If these people have so many facts to dissprove him then why would they not to debate him and make him look like a fool? Maybe they are afraid the truth will come out?

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby EdwardTheGray » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:27 am)

Sounds to me like another case of anti revisionist hate! Your personal views are your own, and as long as you do not spread them in your place of work, then they have no right to do what they are doing!

Yea, I understand that the students have the right to criticize him, but I do not think that any of the comments left are from any student!

And the Jewish man who joined an Engineering class and introducing a holocaust studies segment deserved being fired! It's like going into a math class and telling the students that they must learn how to paint. It does not belong!

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Zulu » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:20 pm)

In fact, Electrical Engineering could perfectly fit for studying some peculiar aspects of the holocaust. As an example of it, I would quote Mr. Counsellor SMIRNOV, from the Russian prosecution, who brought at Nuremberg extraordinary evidences for a special artifact invented by those evil SS in order to exterminate doomed jews
I end my quotation here, and I call the attention of the Tribunal to Page 136 on the reverse side of the document book; this is from a report of the Polish Government, which shows that the Camp Sobibur was founded during the first and second liquidation of the Jewish ghetto. But the extermination on a large scale in this camp really started at the beginning of 1943. In this same report, in the last paragraph on Page 136 of the document book, we may read that Camp Belsen was founded in 1940; but it was in 1942 that the special electrical appliances were built in for mass extermination of people. Under the pretext that the people were being led to the bath-house, the doomed were undressed and then driven to the building where the floor was electrified in a special way; there they were killed.
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/02-19-46.asp
A good exercise for the students would be to practice reverse engineering in order to redesign such fantastic electrical WMD of which traces were unfortunately totally borrowed by its evil inventors.

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Zulu » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:38 pm)

EdwardTheGray wrote:Yea, I understand that the students have the right to criticize him, but I do not think that any of the comments left are from any student!

I am afraid that the hate campaign was extended towards the site http://www.ratemyprofessors.com where Butz makes a bad 1,4 average score.
http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/AddRati ... totRtgs=10 . However, I gave my own quotation and apparently it worked (waiting for eventual moderation). You can try also to put 4 or 5 at all cases.
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textbook used -> 091103823X (it is the ISBN-10 # given at Amazon for "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century"
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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Cloud » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:48 pm)

sans concession wrote:In 1974 he received tenure from Northwestern as a professor of electrical engineering.

sans concession wrote:In 1976, Butz published a book on a topic far outside his area of academic expertise in electrical engineering: “The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against The Presumed Extermination of European Jewry.” The book went on to become influential in the Holocaust denial movement.

Confirms what I've said before: Wait until you get the tenure.

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Zulu » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:54 pm)

From the page of the Northwestern University, on February 9, 2006:

President's statement on Arthur Butz

Following is President Henry S. Bienen’s statement regarding Associate Professor Arthur Butz.

Northwestern University Associate Professor Arthur Butz recently issued a statement commending Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s assertion that the Holocaust never happened. Butz is a Holocaust denier who has made similar assertions previously. His latest statement, like his earlier writings and pronouncements, is a contemptible insult to all decent and feeling people. While I hope everyone understands that Butz’s opinions are his own and in no way represent the views of the University or me personally, his reprehensible opinions on this issue are an embarrassment to Northwestern.

There is no question that the Holocaust is a well-documented historical fact. The University has a professorship in Holocaust Studies endowed by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Northwestern offers courses in Holocaust Studies and organizes conferences of academic scholars who teach in areas relating to the Holocaust. In addition, Northwestern hosts a summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. And most recently, a fellowship in the political science department has been established in my name by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. In short, Northwestern University has contributed significantly to the scholarly research of the Holocaust and remains committed to doing so.

Butz is a tenured associate professor in electrical engineering. Like all faculty members, he is entitled to express his personal views, including on his personal web pages, as long as he does not represent such opinions as the views of the University. Butz has made clear that his opinions are his own and at no time has he discussed those views in class or made them part of his class curriculum. Therefore, we cannot take action based on the content of what Butz says regarding the Holocaust — however odious it may be — without undermining the vital principle of intellectual freedom that all academic institutions serve to protect.

http://www.northwestern.edu/observer/is ... ement.html

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Zulu » 7 years 10 months ago (Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:02 pm)

It seems that my ratings were taken into account.
http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRat ... tid=474489
Furthermore, I reported on ratings which express political opposition and not an academic opinion. You are invited to make the same despite this is not relevant, it is a good occasion to make some points on the net.

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Postby Inquisitor » 7 years 10 months ago (Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:50 am)

Zulu wrote:From the page of the Northwestern University, on February 9, 2006:

There is no question that the Holocaust is a well-documented historical fact. The University has a professorship in Holocaust Studies endowed by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Northwestern offers courses in Holocaust Studies and organizes conferences of academic scholars who teach in areas relating to the Holocaust. In addition, Northwestern hosts a summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. And most recently, a fellowship in the political science department has been established in my name by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. In short, Northwestern University has contributed significantly to the scholarly research of the Holocaust and remains committed to doing so.


Interesting. Sounds like very fertile ground upon which Northwestern should host an intellectual, open debate on the "holocaust" then, what with that much expertise and academic scholarship apparently on their side. Let's see if indeed, "There is no question that the Holocaust is a well-documented historical fact." Alas, they seem awful sure of themselves...in press releases. Let us see just how "well-documented" it all really is President Bienen.

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby realitycheck » 7 years 10 months ago (Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:51 am)

Butz is a tenured associate professor in electrical engineering. Like all faculty members, he is entitled to express his personal views, including on his personal web pages, as long as he does not represent such opinions as the views of the University. Butz has made clear that his opinions are his own and at no time has he discussed those views in class or made them part of his class curriculum. Therefore, we cannot take action based on the content of what Butz says regarding the Holocaust — however odious it may be — without undermining the vital principle of intellectual freedom that all academic institutions serve to protect.


As should ANYONE be entitled to do. The University states that he has made it clear that he hasn't discussed his views in class, or made them part of the class curriculum.

I really cannot see why the students or the University should have any problem whatsoever.
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Postby rerevisionist » 7 years 10 months ago (Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:45 pm)

What shocks and annoys me about this is the cowardice of his colleagues and of the entire student body. Arthur Butz should address classes on his researches and his discoveries. They should be pleased to have someone who has carried out original research in the face of opposition. He's a role model.

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Kingfisher » 7 years 10 months ago (Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:45 pm)

rerevisionist wrote:What shocks and annoys me about this is the cowardice of his colleagues and of the entire student body. Arthur Butz should address classes on his researches and his discoveries. They should be pleased to have someone who has carried out original research in the face of opposition. He's a role model.

While I can see your point, it is quite right that Butz should not express his views on unrelated matters in his engineering classes, or even elsewhere in the context of the University, if not invited to, and he probably accepts this. At least this is applied both ways as the contract of someone who sought to counter Butz's views in class was not renewed.

On the other hand, it does illustrate the hollowness of their "Holocaust Studies" Department that they have on hand a leading Revisionist expert, yet they decline to invite him so that they can refute (or learn from) his position. So much for scientific method.

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby SevenUp » 7 years 10 months ago (Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:34 pm)

Kingfisher wrote:it is quite right that Butz should not express his views on unrelated matters in his engineering classes, or even elsewhere in the context of the University, if not invited to, and he probably accepts this. At least this is applied both ways as the contract of someone who sought to counter Butz's views in class was not renewed.


It is not 'quite right' that Butz cannot express his views on historical matters anywhere he chooses, it is absolutely outrageous. It is just a measure of the insanity to which we have become accustomed. Why is it that the University president, Bienen, a Jew, can express his views of history with complete certainty and a total lack of evidence, and at the same time make scurrilous unsubstantiated attacks on a faculty member, to the admiration of all, while the faculty member, Butz, is under the threat of immediate dismissal if he even comments on the matter.

But, I agree with rerevisionist , what is truly astounding to me is the apparent complete agreement with Bienen at worst, or lack of interest in the matter at best, of the Northwestern faculty and students. We are truly a nation of sheep.

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Postby Kingfisher » 7 years 10 months ago (Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:39 am)

SevenUp wrote:
Kingfisher wrote:it is quite right that Butz should not express his views on unrelated matters in his engineering classes, or even elsewhere in the context of the University, if not invited to, and he probably accepts this. At least this is applied both ways as the contract of someone who sought to counter Butz's views in class was not renewed.


It is not 'quite right' that Butz cannot express his views on historical matters anywhere he chooses, it is absolutely outrageous. It is just a measure of the insanity to which we have become accustomed. Why is it that the University president, Bienen, a Jew, can express his views of history with complete certainty and a total lack of evidence, and at the same time make scurrilous unsubstantiated attacks on a faculty member, to the admiration of all, while the faculty member, Butz, is under the threat of immediate dismissal if he even comments on the matter.

But, I agree with rerevisionist , what is truly astounding to me is the apparent complete agreement with Bienen at worst, or lack of interest in the matter at best, of the Northwestern faculty and students. We are truly a nation of sheep.

I can't agree with you on the first part. It is quite inappropriate to discuss political issues in an engineering class. Elsewhere in the University is less clear and I'm open to discussion on that. It is true that plenty of University professors are politically active. In such cases a clear line needs to be drawn between personal and professional areas, and the same rules apply to everyone (including Bienen).

I'm in complete agreement with your second point. It is cowardly and unjust on Bienen's part to attack a man whom he has forbidden to respond to the attack, and he is himself making arbitrary unfounded politically-motivated assertions while banning any counter-argument. The appropriate place for Butz to state his case would be as a visitor in the context of the Holocaust Studies Department. The fact that he and his published work are totally ignored there is an indication of what a sham such departments are, with not even a pretence of academic rigour. Even their nearest equivalent, theology departments, recognise the existence of atheism.

As for the complete agreement with Bienen, yes. It's an unfortunate measure of how the Holocaust Industry has succeeded in imposing its narrative to the extent that it is accepted unthinkingly by almost everyone. I don't think you should blame Americans, though. It is no better anywhere else, and at least you haven't (yet) passed any laws banning any discussion and imprisoning dissenters.

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby sans concession » 7 years 10 months ago (Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:06 pm)

‘Defamation of a genius’ and other defenses of our favorite Holocaust denier [Letters]

December 5th, 2011 by David A.M. Wilensky

I was surprised by the volume of emails I received in response to last week’s article by Gabi P. Remz about Arthur R. Butz. Butz is a professor of electrical engineering at Northwestern University in Chicago. Tenured decades ago, he’s now more well known for his work as a Holocaust denier than his academic areas of expertise, which, according to our article, include “digital signal processing” and “median and related filtering.”

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Re: He still teaches, students still squirm

Postby Hektor » 7 years 10 months ago (Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:11 am)

EdwardTheGray wrote:Yea, I understand that the students have the right to criticize him, but I do not think that any of the comments left are from any student!
... And journalists do have a right to cherry-pick students comments on him. Because it sounds like they've done just that, cherry-pick comments for negativity.
It also sounds as if there were attempts to entrap Butz into doing something that can trigger proceedings against him.


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