Holocaust denial flyers spread at Australian University

Hundreds of flyers calling the Holocaust the “greatest swindle of all time” have been distributed around Melbourne’s top university.

About 300 Holocaust denial leaflets were found at the University of Melbourne’s city campus car park on Monday afternoon, the first day of semester one.

2016-03-04-07-35-04--1499778926The anti-Semitic flyers claimed Holocaust studies was “replete with nonsense, if not sheer fraud” and included a link to a Holocaust denial website claiming to provide “the facts … not the Hollywood production”.

Dvir Abramovich, chairman of national Jewish human rights body the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, said it was “utterly sickening that these repugnant flyers” had infiltrated the university.

“There has been an alarming escalation in anti-Jewish hostility in Australia in recent years. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this happened on the first day of semester.”

Jewish and Hebrew studies have been taught at the University of Melbourne since 1946 and include language, literature, history, art and politics courses.

Melbourne University spokesman David Scott said security staff removed the flyers from the University Square car park after being notified on Monday afternoon.

“Other car parks were checked but no other flyers were found.”

Mr Scott said he did not know if this was the first time flyers preaching racial hatred had been distributed at the university.

He said the incident had not been reported to police.

Anti-semitic flyers that in part read “wake up white Australia” were sent to homes in Sydney about 18 months ago.

The flyers, which referenced a neo-Nazi group, were left in letterboxes in Bondi and Double Bay, Fairfax Media reported at the time.

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