David Wyman, a historian who wrote a 1984 study of American reaction to the Holocaust, said stripping [Fred A. Leuchter Jr.]'s "engineering" credentials could be important because the scientific aura surrounding his report could have lent credibility to the revisionist movement, which he called a mask for antisemitism.
Deborah Lipstadt, a Los Angeles author who is writing a book on the Holocaust revision movement in the United States, said Leuchter was being cited increasingly in revisionist circles as a scientific authority whose report "proved" that Nazi death camps never operated as survivors have said.
The revisionist movement is a loose grouping of people who question the Holocaust for a variety of reasons, from admiration for Nazis to antisemitism and opposition to Israel. An influential hub of revisionist thinking is the Institute for Historical Review in Torrance, Calif., which has publicized Leuchter's work.
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