Smith is an author, playwright, and free speech activist. He has been interviewed by dozens of print journalists, and has appeared as a guest on hundreds of radio and television talk shows and news broadcasts.
In 1979 Smith discovered that there were questions to be asked about WWII history that were not being asked, and that in fact it was taboo to ask them. He was not so interested in the questions themselves as he was in the taboo against asking them.
This was not Smith’s first encounter with State and institutional censorship. During the 1960s he was a bookseller on Hollywood Boulevard where he was arrested and prosecuted for refusing to stop selling a book then banned by the U.S. Government–Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. He witnessed during that trial, which was the longest civil trial to have taken place in Los Angeles County, how special interests were only too willing to slander and censor writers whose views did not accord with their own.
When the Institute for Historical Review, a revisionist publisher, was burned to the ground on July 4th, 1984, Smith offered to do outreach for the Institute. His first effort was to publish Prima Facie, a newsletter distributed to journalists nation-wide, pointing out misrepresentations of fact with regard to the Holocaust story that were appearing in the mainline press. It was soon apparent that journalists were not interested in such matters. Prima Facie was discontinued after seven monthsly issues.
Smith turned to the newly emerging phenomenon of talk radio. Here he was successful beyond his expectations, participating during the 1980s and early 1990s, in some 400 radio and television interviews. Holocaust revisonism was becoming a household term. During this time he co-founded The Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.
In 1987 Smith published his first book, Confessions of a Holocaust Revisionist.
In the early 1990s Smith, going out on his own, began what was to become known as, simply, The Campus Project. This is widely recognized as the most successful revisionist outreach project ever attempted or realized. He ran essay-advertisements in student newspapers in colleges from Maine to California. He became the best-known revisionist on campus nation wide.
In the mid-1990s he founded CODOHWeb on the world wide web. CODOHWeb quickly became the primary international portal for revisionist information and opinion.
In 2001 Smith decided to turn from the Campus Project to finishing a second book In 2002, that is, shortly after 9/11, he published Break His Bones: The Private Life of a Holocaust Revisionist. He found that the cultural and political enviornment had changed dramatically, and that he was going to have to rethink how to forward the idea of an open debate on WW II history.
Smith is a combat veteran (Korea, 7th Cavalry, where he was twice wounded), has been a deputy sheriff (Los Angeles County), a bull fighter (Mexico), a merchant seaman, and was in Saigon during the Tet offensive of 1968 as a freelance writer. He has been described by the Los Angeles Times as an “anarchist libertarian,” and by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith as one of the most dangerous “extremists” in America. He has been married to a Mexican woman for 30 years, there are two children, and now one grandchild.
Smith argues that the German WMD (gas-chamber) question should be examined in the routine manner that all other historical questions are examined. He argues that the Holocaust is not a “Jewish” story, but a story of Jews and Germans together–forever. Those who want to challenge the concept of the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans should be free to do so. He believes it is morally wrong, and a betrayal of the Western ideal of intellectual freedom, to imprison writers and publishers who question publicly what privately they have come to doubt.
[Updated 28 February 2008]