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The Holocaust Denier Who Infiltrated Hollywood Conservatism

Will the real David Stein please stand up?

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Andrew Klavan

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May 6, 2013 - 9:00 am
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Well, look, when the left-wing media lands a punch, you got to take it, fair and square. Turns out one of the few open conservative activists in Hollywood has been hiding a past life as a Holocaust denier. He once recanted, but it was fake. He’s still mealy-mouthed on the subject. This is from the Guardian, a socialist newspaper in the UK:

To those who knew him, or thought they knew him, he was a cerebral, fun-loving gadfly who hosted boozy gatherings for Hollywood’s political conservatives. David Stein brought right-wing congressmen, celebrities, writers and entertainment industry figures together for shindigs, closed to outsiders, where they could scorn liberals and proclaim their true beliefs.

Over the past five years Stein’s organisation, Republican Party Animals, drew hundreds to regular events in and around Los Angeles, making him a darling of conservative blogs and talkshows. That he made respected documentaries on the Holocaust added intellectual cachet and Jewish support to Stein’s cocktail of politics, irreverence and rock and roll.

There was just one problem. Stein was not who he claimed. His real name can be revealed for the first time publicly – a close circle of confidants only found out the truth recently – as David Cole. And under that name he was once a reviled Holocaust revisionist who questioned the existence of Nazi gas chambers. He changed identities in January 1998.

Yuck-o. And bad for the cause of freedom too, because you know full well the media will try to tar us all with it. That’s how it works. Oliver Stone makes a documentary rationalizing a Soviet Union that slaughtered gazillions in the name of oppression; Sean Penn kisses the backsides of tyrants like Castro and Chavez — hey, no problem. They still work and win praise — and certainly no one tries to pin their foolishness on run-of-the-mill Hollywood Democrats, nor should they. But one creepoid on the right, and we’ll soon start to hear, “Well, that’s what they’re all like, deep down.” See if we don’t.

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Whenever people scatter and run because someone, no matter who he is, questions an Unquestionable Sacred Truth, beyond the bounds of what we are allowed to wonder about, --or in Europe, to talk about on pain of a jail term--I become, shall we say, curious.
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likely, mr. steincole does not know he is not mr. stein but rather mr. cole. probably, it's neither and a wife and gaggle of children will surface. quite literally. that's hollywood.
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Never heard of him. I don't think this is going to have much impact of any kind...he's not a celebrity. That's the real currency in Hollywood.
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Reminds me of The Great Imposter starring Tony Curtis. Maybe he could go off to a monastery, take a vow of silence, and help the monks make beer.
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" David Abravenel Stein... has a nice list of credits on documentaries about the Holocaust — and none of them seems to be real! When you follow the links they go nowhere."

When I looked just now they all seem to work. Maybe "Stein" added himself to all these pages in the last few hours, or maybe Simon goofed. I see "Stein" listed on one title at another, less public site.
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... you know full well the media will try to tar us all with it. That’s how it works.... But one creepoid on the right, and we’ll soon start to hear, “Well, that’s what they’re all like, deep down.” See if we don’t.

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You can take that to the bank. I have absolutely no doubt that's exactly what will happen.
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There's a message in this. Stay away from large noisy parties with lots of hootch. Smaller parties are much more pleasant, some Sinatra or Benny Goodman with some Ella Fitzgerald for good measure, intelligent conversation which can be heard above the din and cocktails instead of hootch.
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Here's some irony. The following appears in the paid ads above the comment section.

"Quoteworthy: Frida Kahlo on Fighting for Your Beliefs"

We are talking about the lady who hosted Trotsky.
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Ah, but she soon learned better, When she died in 1952, she was painting a hagiographic portrait of Stalin.
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When the left was getting started it had its share of prominent whackos. For Pete's sake just think of Malcolm X, a guy who thought JFK's assassination was just peachy.

Look at Louis Farrakhan, today. Hey Louie any recent messages from the Mothership?

I remember the late, sainted Bob Edgar writing a series of articles denying the Cambodian killing fields. Nobody ever called him on it.
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Why stop there? Al Sharpton, racist, anti-Semitic, murderous pogrom artist, accepted as a power in the Democratic party. We know where the real bigotry lives and is appreciated.
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He used Avarvenel as a fake middle name? Rabbi Don (Sir) Yitzchak Abarbanel, Ferdinand and Isabella's treasurer, the Elie Wiesel of the Spanish Holocaust of the 15th century?

Chutzpah.
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