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— Fred Leuchter, a self- pro-
claimed scientific authority
whose published report
stating that "there were no
execution gas chambers at
Auschwitz, Majdanek and
Birkenau" has been most
often cited by Holocaust re-
visionists, will have his
credibility tested in Malden,
Mass., District Court this
week, when he is arraigned
on charges that he
fraudulently practices engi-
neering.
Mr. Leuchter is scheduled
to be arraigned on charges
that he never attended an
engineering school or took a
licensing examination.
In the case of Mr.
Leuchter, a life-long resident
of Malden whose only
academic credential is a
bachelor's degree in history
from Boston University, that
shabby impersonation has
had sinister consequences.
It has given false credence
to claims by assorted anti-
n Semites, cranks and
pseudo-historians of the far
right that the Holocaust
never occurred and is a myth
concocted by Jews to extort
money and sympathy from
the West.
According to Chip Berlet,
an analyst with the Cam-
bridge- based Political
Research Associates,
Leuchter is "dangerous" be-
cause he is being touted as a
researcher who uses
"scientific objectivity to
disprove the Holocaust."
The bespectacled 46-year-
old "expert" was hired by
neo- Nazi propagandist Ern-
st Zundel, the German-born
Toronto printer tried under
Canada's anti-hate laws for
publishing and distributing
the Holocaust revisionist
book, Did Six Million Really
Die?
With $35,000 provided by
Mr. Zundel, Mr. Leuchter
traveled to Poland where he
claims to have inspected
three former concentration
camps.
The result of that trip was
"The Leuchter Report: the
End of a Myth," which states
with an air of unassailable
authority that "There were
no execution gas chambers
at Auschwitz, Majdanek and
Birkenau."
Mr. Leuchter has a dis-
arming personality at odds
with his grisly business. He
is chief executive officer of
the only company in the
United States that spe-
cializes in the development

and construction of execu-
tion machinery for states
that have capital punish-
ment.
His company provides
gallows at $85,000 each;
electric chairs for $35,000;
and computerized lethal in-
jection machines which he
sells for $30,000.
Mr. Leuchter has sold
lethal injection machines to
New Jersey, Delaware, Il-
linois and Missouri, while
his electrocution "systems"
have been purchased by In-
diana, South Carolina, Ten-
nessee and Alabama.
But faced with outraged
reaction to his report by
elected officials and Jewish
and other groups, Mr.
Leuchter's pre-eminence in
the execution field may be
on the wane.
Last month Illinois voided
a $26,000 contract for a
lethal injection machine.
The state acted after an
expose of Leuchter's Holo-
caust revisionism by
Chicago's WMAQ-TV trig-
gered a lobbying campaign
by survivor groups and their
friends with the state
Department of Corrections
to break the contract.

Communities
Report Thefts

Trebic, Czechoslovakia
(JTA) — Jewish com-
munities in Czechoslovakia
have reported a series of
thefts of valuable religious
artifacts from synagogues
and other Jewish institu-
tions.
The most recent was the
-pillage of ceremonial objects
from the synagogue in Brno,
in Moravia. Arnost Neufeld,
president of the Jewish
community there who is
visiting nearby Trebic, said
the theft occurred within the
past month.
He said the stolen objects
are probably worth 10 times
the official $3,300 estimate,
not to mention their
historical and emotional
value.
Dr. Arno Parik, head of the
Jewish Museum in Prague,
said the theft of Jewish
ritual objects has become so
commonplace that he has
alerted collectors of Judaica.
Christian houses of wor-
ship have also been robbed,
and the crime rate in
Czechoslovakia in fact has
soared since the ouster of the
Communist regime last
year.

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