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  • Mel Mermelstein, RIP

    A businessman, Mermelstein made wooden shipping pallets. But he was known briefly as a public figure starting in 1979 when he forced an issue that he was told to instead “leave it alone.” Mermelstein was the sole survivor in his family of the Holocaust, and taunted that it was a lie, that Jews’ World War II deaths were caused by disease, malnutrition, and Allied bombings. Born in Mukachevo, then Czechoslovakia (then annexed by Hungary, and now part of Ukraine), Mermelstein was deported to Auschwitz on May 19, 1944, with the rest of his family. He was 17. “My mother, she was only 44 years of age” when she was killed. “My two sisters, both went to the gas chambers. My father and brother were selected for slave labor, just like me. My father was killed there, and my brother attempted to escape and he was shot.” In 1979, southern California’s Institute for Historical Review, a leading Holocaust denier, offered $50,000 for “proof that gas chambers for the purpose of killing human beings existed at or in Auschwitz.” Mermelstein wrote his testimony, which was published by the Los Angeles Times and The Jerusalem Post. The IHR taunted him to “prove” it; he submitted his story in a notarized affidavit, but the IHR refused to accept it as “proof.”

    Mermelstein sued the organization for breach of contract, anticipatory repudiation, libel, injurious denial of established fact, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and declaratory relief. In 1981, both sides filed in court for summary judgment from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas T. Johnson. California’s Evidence Code permits Courts to take “judicial notice” of “facts and propositions of generalized knowledge that are so universally known that they cannot reasonably be the subject of dispute.” Thus, Johnson ruled on October 9, 1981, that “This court does take judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland during the summer of 1944. It is not reasonably subject to dispute. And it is capable of immediate and accurate determination by resort to sources of reasonably indisputable accuracy. It is simply a fact.”

    The IHR thus not only lost the case and had to pay Mermelstein the $50,000, they and their backers were also required to pay an additional $40,000 in damages, plus write a letter of apology. Mermelstein got it all, and displayed copies at a southern California art gallery. “It was the greatest ruling I could have hoped for,” Mermelstein’s attorney, William John Cox, said later. “It would have been very easy for the judge to say the motions on summary judgment are denied. There was no real requirement that he do this. It was a courageous decision.” Scholars agreed. “His taking judicial notice was important,” said Emory University historian Deborah Lipstadt, “not in that it validated the Holocaust, but it avoided providing Holocaust deniers with a platform to grandstand and to present their historical distortion.” Judge Johnson, who had been appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan, died December 28, 2011. Moric “Melvin” Mermelstein died January 28 at his home in Long Beach, Calif. He was 95.

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    The IHR thus not only lost the case and had to pay Mermelstein the $50,000, they and their backers were also required to pay an additional $40,000 in damages, plus write a letter of apology.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post

      I know
      look how sad these trump voters are

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Agent Zero View Post

        I know
        look how sad these trump voters are

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        Always a sad thing to see people get suckered in by a conman.

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        • #5
          Thanks Wigs, never heard that story.

          The rest of you are pathetic. Nothing to do with Trump at all but you ****ers just eat that shit up. Pathetic.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Drunk Monkey View Post
            Thanks Wigs, never heard that story.

            The rest of you are pathetic. Nothing to do with Trump at all but you ****ers just eat that shit up. Pathetic.
            Leonard Nimoy played Mel in the TV movie.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Drunk Monkey View Post
              Thanks Wigs, never heard that story.

              The rest of you are pathetic. Nothing to do with Trump at all but you ****ers just eat that shit up. Pathetic.
              Tell that to the “Camp Auschwitz” t-shirt-wearing, “Jews will not replace us” chanting coalition.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Roh View Post

                Always a sad thing to see people get suckered in by a conman.
                Indeed.

                Fact check: Photos of Black Trump supporters are not from campaign rally in Tulsa

                https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-f...-idUSKBN23U2JX

                Trump allies are handing out cash to black voters

                Organizers have begun holding events in black communities where they lavish praise on the president while handing out thousands of dollars in giveaways.

                https://www.politico.com/news/2020/0...veaways-108072

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