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Professor Gideon Greif

Greif, whose Holocaust research is lauded as groundbreaking, has been accused of attempting to whitewash the mass murder of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995.

How a Holocaust Historian Became a Genocide Denier Once respected for his research on Auschwitz, Israeli historian Gideon Greif now promotes falsehoods, propaganda and pseudo-scholarship in the service of ultranationalist Serb genocide deniers. It is a deeply troubling story. By Menachem Rosensaft, Haaretz, February 1, 2022

Israeli Historian to "Correct" Controversial Bosnia Report after Being Accused of Genocide Denial The Israeli historian accused of genocide denial says he will revise a controversial war crimes report he co-wrote on behalf of Bosnian Serb nationalists -- an attempt critics are calling damage control after a months-long controversy over the report into the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. By Sam Sokol, Haaretz, January 19, 2022

Germany cancels award to Israeli Historian Accused of Bosnian Genocide denial The German government has reversed its decision to honor an Israeli Holocaust historian who has come under fire for denial of the Bosnian genocide of 1992-1995. By Sam Sokol, Haaretz, December 30, 2021

Rewriting History Like Goebbels: Why a Resurgent Far Right Is Whitewashing Genocide in the Balkans Like turning Eichmann into a folk hero: How far right nationalists in the Balkans are rehabilitating war criminals and their atrocities, from the perpetrators of the Holocaust to Srebrenica genocidaires, and why. By Menachem Rosensaft, Haaretz, December 19, 2021

Israeli Historian Denounced for Srebrenica Genocide Denial  Following a wave of criticism over a report which denies the genocide in Srebrenica, led by Greif and commissioned by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Serb-run entity of Republika Srpska, Germany postponed the ceremony until further notice and said it is reconsidering whether to award the academic. By Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera, December 3, 2021

Germany Reconsiders Award Ceremony for Israeli Historian Accused of Genocide Denial Menachem Rosensaft, Associate Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), who also teaches genocide law at Columbia Law School and wrote a scathing response to Greif’s report this summer, said that all Greif’s work constituted was a “denial of a genocide in order to carry out the agenda of the folks of Republika Srpska who commissioned the report. It has no historical or legal validity,” he said, stating that the report “studiously and deliberately ignored” all of the legal decisions regarding the massacre by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia “which found conclusively…that the massacre was indeed a genocide under international law.” By Samuel Sokol, November 1, 2021

Deceptive Report Escalates Srebrenica Genocide Denial Campaign He stressed that the report “single-mindedly rejects or ignores” findings of international tribunals that the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Bosniak men and boys in the area of Srebrenica, as well as the “simultaneous forcible deportation from there of more than 25,000 Bosniak women, children, and elderly men” by Bosnian Serb forces constituted genocide. It also “repeatedly casts the Bosniaks as aggressors and the Bosnian Serbs as victims in a rewriting of history reminiscent of Third Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’ justifications for Nazi German anti-Semitism,” Rosensaft wrote. He analyzed some of the main arguments from the controversial report and concluded that “if a student of mine at Columbia or Cornell Law School were to present this type of argument in a term paper in my course on the law of genocide, they would not receive a passing grade.” By Menachem Rosensaft, July 29, 2021


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