Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, obviously not a history scholar, has reiterated his doubts that the holocaust ever took place and called for the elimination of the Israeli state. Israel should be "wiped off the map" according to statements made by Mr. Ahmadinejad in a speech in Tehran in October
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces. . . .Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true. . . .The Europeans," said the anti-Zionist crusader "should give some of their provinces in Europe to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe."
After doing some research I found this man was educated at Tehran's University of Science and Technology where he was a lecturer. The son of a blacksmith, he holds a PhD in traffic and transport. I guess he neglected to ever take a history class.
On his website he calls himself “The People’s Friend”. It’s a good thing he doesn’t make any claims to be “The People’s Source for History Lessons.”
The holocaust during WWII was a well documented event with many books having been written by credible authors and millions of witnesses who are still alive to tell the tale. Many of our grandfathers and great grandfathers can attest to the fact that it did happen and that they seen it first hand during the great war of the 1940’s.
To make this story a bit more interesting several of the 52 Americans who were held hostage in the US embassy in the months after the 1979 Islamic revolution say they are certain Mr. Ahmadinejad was among those who captured them. Much like his assertions about the holocaust he has insisted he wasn’t there.