October 23, 2003
 

Isobel McKenzie-Price, Editor
Homes & Gardens
IPC Media, 
King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, 
London SE1 9LS  UK

 

Dear Ms. McKenzie-Price:
 

As educators who have taught about the Holocaust, we are deeply 
disappointed that ‘Homes & Gardens’ has pressured a British web site to delete 
a 1938 ‘Homes & Gardens’ article that portrayed Adolf Hitler in highly 
sympathetic terms.

A crucial part of Holocaust education involves studying the failure of 
the Western media to fully and accurately report about the Nazi menace in the 
1930s.  The attempted suppression 65 years later of articles such as the 1938 
feature in ‘Homes & Gardens’ undermines efforts to teach about the Holocaust 
and its lessons.

Just as various governments, corporations, and institutions have 
acknowledged their role in the Holocaust process by publicly apologizing, 
paying reparations, or taking other appropriate steps to face up to their 
past, so too should Homes & Gardens squarely face up to its past.  We 
urge Homes & Gardens to make the full 1938 article available at no cost to 
interested readers, together with a formal letter of apology from the 
publisher.


Christine Aibel, M.A. Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Prof. Edward Anders, University of Chicago (emeritus)
Dr. Sandy Andron, Temple Kol Emeth, Georgia / March of the Living group leader
Prof. Joseph Ansell, Auburn University
Prof. Omer Bartov, Brown University
Prof. Murray Baumgarten, UC-Santa Cruz / Editor, Judaism
William Bemister, Producer-Correspondent (“The Search for Dr. Josef Mengele”)
Prof. Joseph Bendersky, Virginia Commonwealth University
Prof. Michael Berenbaum, Los Angeles, CA
Prof. Aaron Berman, Hampshire College
Prof. Alan Berger, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Harold Brackman, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Prof. Richard Breitman, American University
Prof. Micha Brumlik, Fritz Bauer Institut, Goethe Universitat Frankfurt/Main
Prof. Charles Clarke, Monroe Community College
Jane Clements, University of London / Council of Christians & Jews
Prof. Carolyn Dean, Brown University
Prof. Deborah Dwork, Clark University
Prof. Sara Eigen, Vanderbilt University
Stuart Erdheim, filmmaker (“They Looked Away”)
Dr. Murray Friedman, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
Prof. Saul S. Friedman, Youngstown State University
Prof. Zev Garber, Los Angeles Valley College; Editor, Studies in the Shoah
Prof. Jay Geller, Vanderbilt University
Prof. Myron P. Glazer, Smith College
Prof. Penina M. Glazer, Hampshire College
Prof. David Golinkin, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, Potomac, MD
Prof. Gershon Greenberg, American University
Dr. Alex Grobman, Brenn Institute
Prof. Carolsue Holland, Troy University
Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs, University of Alabama
Prof. Steven T. Katz, Boston University
Prof. Henry Knight, University of Tulsa
Samuel Laster, Editor, Die Juedische
Prof. Fred Lazin, Ben Gurion University 
Prof. Laurel Leff, Northeastern University
Prof. Kevin Lewis, University of South Carolina
Prof. Richard Libowitz, Saint Joseph’s University
Mitchell A. Lieber, Rumbula.org (Holocaust in Latvia)
Prof. Marcia Sachs Littell, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Prof. Erich H. Loewy, University of California-Davis
Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell, Remembering for the Future (emeritus)
Dr. Rafael Medoff, Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
Prof. Rochelle Millen, Wittenberg University
Prof. Paul Miller, McDaniel College
Prof. Jacob Neusner, Bard College
Martin Ostrow, filmmaker (“America and the Holocaust”)
Prof. Monty N. Penkower, Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Prof.Allen Podet, Buffalo State College
Prof. Brian Mark Rigg, American Military University
Dr. Carol Rittner RSM, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Prof. Peter I. Rose, Smith College (emeritus)
Prof. Alvin Rosenfeld, Indiana University
Pierre Sauvage, filmmaker (“Weapons of the Spirit”)
Prof. Baila Round Shargel, SUNY-Purchase
Prof. Moshe Sherman, Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Prof. Gerald Sorin, SUNY-New Paltz
Mark Talisman, President, Project Judaica Foundation
Prof. M. Michael Thaler, University of California-Santa Cruz
Prof. Mary Todd, Concordia University
Dr. Dov Troy, Jewish Educators Assembly of North America (emeritus)
Theodore Z. Weiss, Holocaust Educational Foundation
Prof. David S. Wyman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (emeritus)
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Simon Wiesenthal Center