Robert Faurisson was born Robert Faurisson Aitken on January 25, 1929, and died on October 21, 2018.
He was a British-born French academic and Holocaust denier.
He gained much controversy with a number of articles published in the Journal of Historical Review and elsewhere, and by letters to French newspapers, especially Le Monde, which contradicted the history of the Holocaust by not accepting the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps, the systematic killing of European Jews using gas during the Second World War, and the authenticity of The Diary of Anne Frank.
When the Gayssot Act against Holocaust denial in 1990 was abolished, Faurisson was prosecuted and fined, and in 1991 he was dismissed from his academic post.
Robert Faurisson learned French, Latin and Greek literature (Lettres Classiques), and passed the agrégation (the highest competitive examination to qualify to be a secondary school teacher) in 1956.
Robert Faurisson started work as a high school teacher at Vichy while working on a Ph.D. thesis about the poet Lautréamont. He obtained his doctorate in 1972. He then became a lecturer, and then professor of French literature at the University of Lyon between 1973 and 1990.
During his time at Vichy, as a young teacher, he gained attention when he published an interpretation of Rimbaud’s Sonnet des Avoyelles (fr) as an erotic text.
Sometime during 1960, Robert Faurisson developed political sympathies for the colonialist cause in Algeria (the Algérie française movement) and was also arrested in the belief he was a member of the “OAS”, a terrorist organization.
Robert Faurisson passed at 89 years old.