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It has been 30 years since I represented Auschwitz survivor Mel Mermelstein in the Holocaust Denial Case.

We were successful in our lawsuit against the radical right-wing organizations which, as a publicity ploy, denied the Holocaust.

Following my argument to the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 9, 1981, a very wise Judge Thomas Johnson took judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death in the Summer of 1944 in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Turner Network Television made a movie about the case in 1991, entitled Never Forget, and at about that time I wrote a letter to the editor of The Heritage newspaper which closed with:

"Some have wondered who I am and what motivated me to undertake legal representation of Mel, and derivatively the millions of Holocaust victims, their survivors, and all who, by their faith or birth, are targets of hate and discrimination. A full answer to this question goes beyond the scope of this letter, but is fairly simple.

"My family arrived in America before its birth as a nation and has willingly sacrificed upon its altar of freedom and justice the blood of our children to defend it, and the fruits of our labor to maintain it.

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"The distortions of history and twisted racial and political theories peddled by Carto through his network threatens our collective security and the personal right of everyone to happiness, irrespective of race, religion, or creed.

"I also did what I did because I am a Christian and strive to live by and bear witness to my faith in the true teachings of Jesus. Thus, when this life ends, I trust that it will the God of my Savior, the God of Israel, who judges the righteousness of my soul. If this makes me a Jew, so be it.

"Finally, as I argued to the court, if the Holocaust did not occur, then where are all the children? Where are the babies? Why did I do it? I did it for the murdered children, whether they were Jewish, Gypsy, or Christian. Why? The world has never seen such evil. It can never be permitted to happen again.

"Recently, I was at Mel's Museum when he had just received several boxes of artifacts from Auschwitz. As we stood together and looked at the pile of rusty and melted scissors, spoons and forks, and other items taken from the victims and later burned, I saw a small rectangular flat piece of rusty metal which I asked for and which he gave me as a gift. It is the musical note bar of a harmonica.

"The rest of the instrument has been burned away, and we will never know whose lips were upon it or the songs they played, but I shall forever choose to hear in my mind the happy sound of singing children, too innocent for such death, rather than the screams of their final agony. Mel doesn't have that privilege. He must keep his promise to never forget."

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William John Cox authored the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Role of the Police in America for a National Advisory Commission during the Nixon administration. As a public interest, pro bono, attorney, he filed a class action lawsuit in 1979 petitioning the Supreme Court to order a National Policy Referendum; he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical (more...)

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As we witness the increased militarization of the ... by William John Cox on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 11:01:34 AM
that as We the People indeed refuse to accept the ... by Michael Rose on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 1:06:50 AM
People who believe, so certainly, in say, an 'esta... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 7:00:48 AM
Thanks for your feedback Ned.  I have always ... by William John Cox on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 9:50:32 AM
Just as there is still an element in the Roman Cat... by William John Cox on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 9:45:54 AM
mentioned in his memoirs that the Jews in Germany ... by larry payne on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 12:46:18 PM
the first of which "was to suppress the Jews.... T... by William John Cox on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 1:56:25 PM
of German goods knowing full well that it could ca... by larry payne on Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:29:59 AM
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Mordechai Vanunu went to prison in Israel for reve... by larry payne on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 12:54:14 PM
and with Daniel Ellsberg who called Vanunu "t... by William John Cox on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 1:59:28 PM
Regarding your work promoting the idea of "the Hol... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:06:34 PM
(continued) A major reason for the nonstop produ... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:09:45 PM
(continued)The unique evil of the Holocaust, acco... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:11:24 PM
(continued) 'The singularity of the Jewish suffer... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:12:41 PM
(continued) When you write, "I also did what I d... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:13:48 PM
(continued) What is a "Christian?" As the Deist ... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:14:43 PM
(continued) "Something more therefore is necessar... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:15:52 PM
(continued) You say you worked promoting the "hol... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:16:59 PM
(continued) "Now therefore kill every male among ... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:18:04 PM
(continued) Verse 35 tells us the number of virgi... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:19:08 PM
(continued) I don't know how you can really care ... by Bob Johnson on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:20:44 PM
on such a wide range of issues, some of which I ag... by William John Cox on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 10:03:24 PM