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TEXAS JEWISH POST, DALLAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 17. 1994-IN OUR 48TH YEARI- PASSOVER ISSUE
By Elizabeth Applebaum
In a recent letter to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the
resident of a Pennsylvania town chided columnist George
Will for denouncing Holocaust deniers as “lunatics or
While admitting he is “no expert on the Holocaust “
Richard Wilsoo of Dravosburg said sufficient evidence
fnend Bradley Smith, head of the Committee for Open
Debate on the Holocaust. This year will see David Cole
make it to the forefront of the movement. “This year,” Mr.
Smith says, “David Cole is going to become a star.”
Just one thing makes Mr. Cole different from other such
“revisionist” stars, including Willis Carto, David Irving
and Ernst Zundel.
David Cole is Jewish.
David Cole was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son
of Sandra and Dr. Leon Cole, both of whom were Jewish.
Mr. Cole describes his childhood as “very happy,” and he
has little patience for those who suggest his involvement
with the “revisionists” has anything to do with rebelling
against Judaism and a troubled youth.
His mother, a New York native, was raised in a secular
home. “My grandmother was an Orthodox Jew and kept a
kosher home “ she says. “I spent much time with her.
However, as she did with her own children, she never
attempted to force her beliefs on anyone else ”
because his stepfather maintained Jewish tradition
wanted Mr. Cole to get a Jewish education “I wanted■
sleep in,” Mr. Cole says. “I wasn't about to get up and drag
myself to some temple school.”
A salesman, Mr. Cole’s stepfather “had to learn to
respect” his and his mother’s lack of interest in religion.
This lessened the stress until Mr. Cole became interested in
“revisionism,” which his stepfather strongly opposes
felt ashamed of me,” Mr. Cole says, “the whole World
n thing was important to him .”
Today, the two speak, but are not close. Mr. Cole says his
relationship with his mother is good, though she does not
necessarily agree with his Holocaust denial.
As a child Mr. Cole was curious, “always asking ques-
tions and reading whatever he could get his hands on," fl
mother says. “He always had an independent streak; oi^
he decided to do something, it was very hard to talk him out
In high school, Mr Cole was interested in theater. He
attended Hamilton High, a predominantly black and Latino
exists that justifies questioning whether anyone was gassed
to death at Auschwitz. He arrived at this conclusion, he
said, after watching a video by David Cole.
The video, sold through the Institute of Historical Re-
view (IHR), features a young man in a yarmulke touring
Auschwitz. He claims to be there as “a righteous Jew
seeking the real facts to answer those back home who say
there were no gas chambers .’’
Yet Mr. Cole's “conclusions" are anything but an an-
swer to Holocaust deniers Instead, he portrays Auschwitz
as a veritable country club.
At 23, David Cole is ready to take on the likes of such
Holocaust scholars as Yehuda Bauer and the late Lucy
Dawidowicz. A California resident who never completed
high school, he quickly is becoming a leading spokesman
for the “revisionist" movement, which alleges there was no
Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews.
This year is going to belong to David Cole, says his good
Empty gas pellet canmsters used a I Auschwitz Sobihor and Maidar.ek
Mr. Cole’s upbringing also was secular—the family
even had Christmas trees—until his parents divorced and
his mother remarried when David was 4. Sandra’s second
husband was a Jewish Londoner who survived the Blitz.
(Because of his “revisionist" work, Mr. Cole does not
divulge his mother’s last name since remarrying, or the
name of his stepfather. Dr. Leon Cole is no longer alive.)
“There was a little tension at first,” Mr. Cole says.
school in Los Angeles, from which be was expelled alter
getting into a fight with his drama teacher.
Today, he lives in Beverly Hills and does not work,
thanks to a large trust fund his parents established. When
not out denying the Holocaust, he also says be is active
behalf of abortion rights. Radio talk show host How
Stem is his hero. Fascinated by ideology..I always felt
superior to it,” Mr. Cole says. He spent his high school
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