Black November for the Revisionists
8 December 2000
As of 1st November 2000, the historian and sociologist Serge Thion, aged 58 and father of
three, was dismissed from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), without
salary or severance pay.
On 6 November, Jean Plantin, aged 35, saw the University of Lyon 2 begin a procedure aimed at
invalidating his diplŮme díČtudes approfondies (DEA, "advanced studies degree"),
obtained in 1991: the final decision will depend on Socialist education minister Jack Lang.
For their part, on 24 November, the teaching staff at the history department of the University
of Lyon 3 let it be known that they were in favour of an identical course of action which ,
they hoped, would lead to stripping the same Jean Plantin of the masterís degree conferred by
their faculty in 1990.
On 17 November, Vincent Reynouard, a 31 year-old father of three small children, was removed
from his post of mathematics and science teacher. Previously forced to leave a similar job at
a state secondary school, he had just found this post in a Roman Catholic establishment run
by a priest. Certain colleagues, who had heard the name V. Reynouard on the "France-Culture"
radio network, were either alarmed or angered by his presence amongst them; they all demanded
On 20 November, the Paris tribunal de grande instance ("high court") ordered the
director of the Internet firm Yahoo! to exercise henceforth a number of forms of censorship
and, in particular, the removal from its search engines of links to websites dealing with
Abroad as well, the repression carried out against revisionists steadily grows heavier. In
Germany on May 23 of this year, the Münster university professor Werner Pfeifenberger
was driven to suicide; today, also in Münster, Erhard Kemper, aged 73, is once again in
prison. Having requested leave to go to the bedside of his wife, in the terminal phase of
cancer and almost wholly immobilised, he saw leave refused, by a unanimous decision of the
judges, on 24 November. In Austria, in Switzerland, in Australia, in New Zealand and in
Canada, the hunt for revisionists is intensifying.
On 4 December, Jean-Louis Berger, a teacher of French and Latin at a secondary school near
Metz (Lorraine), 55 years of age and the father of three, appeared before a disciplinary
board; he is likely to be expelled from the teaching profession, without salary or
In the mainstream media, not a single voice is raised in defence of the banished.
Last minute: the server that accommodated the revisionist websites "Radio-Islam" (receiving
about 90,000 visits per day) and "aaargh" (with about 7,000 visits per day) has today
definitively shut down the two sites. It will thus be some time before their new addresses
I cannot recommend strongly enough that those who have the means to do so come to the
financial aid of any of the four latest French victims of anti-revisionist repression:
Jean-Louis BERGER, 146, Rue de Leitzelthal, 57230 PHILIPPSBOURG, FRANCE;
Jean PLANTIN, 45/3, Route de Vourles, 69230 ST GENIS LAVAL, FRANCE;
Vincent REYNOUARD, 107, ChaussČe de Vleurgatt, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM;
Serge THION, 1, AUBRAY, 91780 CHALO SAINT MARS, FRANCE.