Group offers $50,000 reward to the first person to prove that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz, this happens next
In 1979, The Institute for Historical Review announced a $50,000 reward to the first person to prove that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz. This announcement came during the Institute of Historical Review first conference at Northrop University in Los Angeles.
In the spring of 1981, Mel Mermelstein claimed the reward and sued the Institute for Historical Review for $17 million.
Mel Mermelstein’s perspective and claim:
In a letter that was published in The Jerusalem Post in 1979, Mel Mermelstein claimed that he could prove that Jews were gassed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Mr. Mermelstein used his autobiography, entitled By Bread Alone, to prove his claim. By Bread Alone is a powerful and moving first hand account of surviving the Holocaust. In the book, Mermelstein uses pictures, newspaper articles, and documents as evidence to support his claim. The use of outside sources and personal experience is persuasive evidence that created a strong case for Mel Mermelstein. The outside sources help to correctly document his personal story. Without the outside sources to corroborate Mermelstein’s story, it is possible that parts of Mermelstein’s story could have been interpreted as incorrect or implausible.
Institute for Historical Review perspective and claim:
The Institute for Historical Review denies some of the facts about the Holocaust. The main facts that the Institute for Historical Review denies are that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and gas chambers were used to kill people. For example, The Institute for Historical Review claims that there is no evidence that a single Jew was ever gassed in gas chambers during the Holocaust. The Institute for Historical Review uses inconsistencies and inaccurate information as evidence to support their claims. For example, the sign outside of the gas chambers at Auschwitz states that 4 million people were killed in the gas chambers. The Institute mathematically disproved this number to be more like 1.2 million people were killed in the gas chambers.
Mel Mermelstein wrote a letter to the Jerusalem Post claiming that he could prove that Jews were gassed in gas chambers at Auschwitz. The Institute for Historical Review wrote Mel Mermelstein back offering him $50,000 for proof that Jews were, in fact, gassed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The Institute for Historical Review refused to pay the reward. Accordingly, Mr. Mermelstein sued The Institute for Historical Review in California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles. On October 9, 1981, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas T. Johnson ruled in favor of Mel Mermelstein, finding that he had provided sufficient evidence to prove his claim that Jews were gassed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz.
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