Conservative commentator Denyse O’Leary has posted an interview with Adnan Oktar at the Uncommon Descent weblog. Oktar is probably better known by his pen name, “Harun Yahya”. He writes prolifically, and has several antievolution books. O’Leary appreciates Oktar’s antievolution. One wonders, though, whether she is as appreciative of some of Oktar’s other contrarian stances, like, say, his Holocaust denial activism. The phenomenon is called “second denial”: those who engage in evolution denial often also take up some other obviously wrong idea.
This isn’t exactly low-profile. The TalkOrigins Archive has had an article up documenting the Holocaust denialism of Harun Yahya as far back as 2003. At the time, it was tough to find the content of Oktar’s “The Holocaust Hoax”, but thanks to “sparc” at AtBC, I now have a link to the full book online. Oktar’s thesis is that Zionists collaborated with Hitler to set up a system to encourage emigration to Palestine; that once hostilities in World War II began, Hitler continued with the policies of segregation previously agreed to by collecting Jews in labor camps; and the whole mass mortality thing was due to “tiffus plague” and the general end-of-war famine. Oktar specifically is in denial that any of the concentration camps utilized gas chambers for mass killings.
How about it, Denyse? What do you think of Oktar’s “second denial”?