An Open Letter to Dr. Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University
Questioning the Association of Tulane University with
Dr. Lance Hill's Southern Institute and the Source of Hate Coming from that Place
Dear Dr. Cowen,
Recent contacts coming from
Dr. Lance Hill, Executive Director of Southern
Institute for Education and Research that resides on Tulane
University campus, make us wonder both
On April 17, 2006, Dr. Hill, placed, out-of-the-blue, a "courtesy" call to this editor, at his home, after he was able to secure the editor's unlisted home telephone number. In that call, full of rage, Dr. Hill advised this editor --in no uncertain terms-- that he no longer tolerate [sic!] that our year-old postings on Plater Robinson and others that were scrutinized by us over the years to stay posted in our website. Dr. Hill threatened this editor and "all those involved" with a lawsuit if his demands are not being met forthwith.
To all this, in a calm voice, this editor advised Dr. Hill, that we do not take in here any telephone calls with regard to the issues regarding our work in general, and those of the Holocaust, in particular because for those kind of issues we need to have a record that can easily be established by communicating via emails, as we do not record any conversation in our telephone calls.
Subsequently, in the next day, on April 18, 2006, Dr. Hill sent to this editor an email entitled "Last Demand Letter" that is posted in full herein:
Dear Mr. Brattman:
In reading his demand letter, we were considerably put at ease that Dr. Hill does not negate the existence of the Holocaust but only "Holocaust Survivor Network." Of course, around the world, there are numerous Holocaust networks and associations so it is not clear what Dr. Hill is denying. For sure, Dr. Hill could not possibly deny the existence of our website since it is this website of ours that he is irritated with!!!
Also it is no clear, what is "fake" about this managing editor or what Dr. Hill's "discovery" on this editor's past could be that is material and in conflict with the representation of the Holocaust --the sole subject of our website.
In the same day of April 18, 2006, this editor responded to Dr. Hill's stated email as follows:
Dear Dr. Lance Hill,
Apparently being annoyed with our Invitation to spell out all his grievances with our work and of the prospect of being published herein, Dr. Hill, sent to us his last email in the same stated day:
K a l m a n B r a t t m a n:
As requested, we, of course, have not contacted again Dr. Hill. And just as a reminder, it was Dr. Hill --and not us-- that after more than one year resurfaced and initiated the unsolicited contact with this editor.
We, of course, could not possibly be deterred from expressing our viewpoints to any issues that we deem important relating to the representation of the Holocaust, as no force on Earth can silence us. In fact, we just posted a critical assessment on Dr. Hill's preposterous trivialization of the Holocaust under the title "Rebuking Dr. Lance Hill's Trivialization of the Holocaust and its Tragic Legacy."
Clearly no one is forcing Dr. Hill or anyone else to visit our website, so we fail to see why is all this hate coming from the campus of Tulane? We most certainly never demanded, or ever will demand, from Dr. Hill or anyone else to change the content of their websites, so again we fail to see the origin of Dr. Hill's deep hate towards us.
We ask and ask again, Why our critical inquiries on the various topics related to our work are being encountered with such hostility from the campus of Tulane University? How in God's name any progress can be made, in anything, if anytime a critical inquiry is being posted, a threat of a lawsuit immediately seems to loom at the horizon?
Yes, we find all this very disturbing and, this is why we took the liberty to bring this matter to your personal attention.
K. K. Brattman