Przypomnijmy: ś.p. dr Dariusz Ratajczak był wykładowcą na opublikował pamflet popularnonaukowy zatytułowany “Tematy Niebezpieczne”. Skandal roku: dr Dariusz Ratajczak i Tematy niebezpieczne. Front Cover. Dariusz Ratajczak. Infopress, – pages. The state-run University of Opole announced in early April that Dariusz into the publication of his book Tematy niebezpieczne (“Dangerous Themes”).

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Polish Professor Dariusz Ratajczak Fired for Dissident History Book

Dariusz Ratajczak was a Polish historian who was dismissed from his university teaching post, publicly vilified, and convicted of “Holocaust denial” for having published arguments and evidence that cast doubt on aspects of the familiar Holocaust story. He held a doctoral degree in history, and was the author of several books. Ratajczak was born in Opele, Upper Silesia, in November After study at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, he took a position in as a lecturer at the History Institute of the state-run University of Opele, where he was popular with students.

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Ratajczak was suspended from his teaching post after state prosecutors opened an investigation into the publication of his book Tematy niebezpieczne “Dangerous Themes”. He also cited forensic investigations carried out at the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps by Fred Leuchter and Germar Rudolf, and their conclusions that Zyklon B could not have been safely used to kill large numbers of Jews, as alleged, and that, for technical reasons, the familiar claims of wartime killings of millions of Jews in gas chambers are not possible.

While Ratajczak did not explicitly endorse these revisionist views, he appeared to agree with at least some of them. Moreover, he called Holocaust “eyewitness” testimony “useless,” and described establishment Holocaust writers as “followers of a religion of the Holocaust” who impose on others “a false image of the past. Ratajczak published copies of the book in March at his own expense. Only a few were sold at the university bookstore or directly to students, or were given away to friends, before police seized the remaining copies.

Publication of “Dangerous Themes” set off a storm of fierce criticism, including protests by some prominent scholars. Critics charged that Ratajczak’s book represented the first serious case of “Holocaust denial” in Poland.

Ratajczak was charged with having violated a Polish law that makes it illegal to publicly deny crimes against humanity committed in Poland by the German National Socialist regime or by Communist regimes.


In response to critics, and in his court pleadings, Ratajczak acknowledged that he had presented revisionist arguments, but said that he had done so not to endorse them, but to illustrate this point of view.

He told the court that he had merely summarized opinions of historians who hold dissident views on the Holocaust issue, and that his own views are not in line with all the opinions presented in his book.

At no time did he ever dispute or “deny” that Jews had been killed in gas chambers. In September Ratajczak arranged for a second edition of 30, copies, which was published by a small firm in Warsaw. A few thousand copies were reportedly sold through kiosks and news stands, and by mail order across Poland. In December a court in Opele found Ratajczak guilty of violating Poland’s “Holocaust denial” law. However, the court found that the book’s limited distribution was not damaging enough to warrant punishment.

Noting that only copies of this self-published book had been issued, the court declared that it had caused only “negligible harm to society. Some critics regarded the court’s verdict as too lenient, insisting that Ratajczak’s crime deserved imprisonment. The state prosecutor also appealed, demanding a ten-month prison term.

At the University where he had taught, students signed petitions supporting him. Ratajczak himself remained defiant, rejecting all the charges against him.

He appealed for an outright acquittal. In April the University of Opele announced Ratajczak’s dismissal from his teaching post for having violated ethical standards, and banned him for three years from teaching at Polish universities. Eventually a three-judge panel in Opole upheld a lower court’s decision to drop niebezpiecznw against Ratajczak on the condition he refrain from similar offenses for one year.

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The case against him was dismissed in Another edition of “Dangerous Themes” published in merely attributed to revisionist researchers skeptical claims about Zyklon having been used to kill millions of Jews in gas chambers during World War II. Ratajczak never returned to teaching work, and for the remaining ten years of his life was forced to work at menial employment and odd jobs. In June the body of Dariusz Ratajczak was found in a car parked near a shopping center in Opole. He had been dead for nearly two weeks.

The cause of death was uncertain.

He was 47 years old. He was survived by a son and a daughter. Ratajczak spoke about his life, his views, and his ordeal in an niebezpiecsne given temsty Here are some excerpts:. Although the cretinous Rayajczak are already gone, they have been adequately replaced with empty-headed, politically correct idiots, who are as numerous in Poland as in Australia.

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Stupidity is not picky about continents, it seems. It is they, those good-for-nothing historians, who finish off history, which in their version ceases to be the carrier of truth, the mistress of life, the reason for national pride.

It is they who, deliberately, convert history into a handmaid of current political interests of equally morally and intellectually cheap ruling elites.

Finally, it is they who decide which fact or historical figure to make prominent, and about which to keep silent to the death. Of course, they do it from the angle of current political usefulness. A historian has one basic role to perform. It is to reach the truth. In essence, truth is a historian’s only friend.

A historian ought to know that truth has no hues; truth is always clear, and one. Striving after truth, a historian should avoid like fire ‘friendly’ whispers, such as ‘any coin has two sides,’ ‘the golden mean,’ ‘make a compromise,’ etc.

After ascertaining the truth and here we are touching a temxty other role the investigator should share the truth with others, regardless of the consequences. After rematy, truth must have not only an individual dimension, but also a social one.

The sine qua non condition for practicing history, that is, freedom of speech, is already a past memory. It has been replaced with political correctness, that is, soc-liberal censorship, or, as somebody has nicely put it, a ‘tyranny of good intentions. Yes, we have lived to see times when, jokingly speaking but it is a bitter jokea historian should be a cross between an intellectual and jiebezpieczne boxer At present, the charge of anti-Semitism has become a sort of exceptionally brutal weapon, which the ‘Establishment’ uses ruthlessly against independent thinking men for the greater fun of it, njebezpieczne against Jews, such as Dr.

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