The article, in February's Marco Polo and on sale since the middle of this month, was by Masanori Nishioka, who says he is a doctor. It had been rejected for publication by the liberal Asahi Shimbun. Marco Polo made clear in the introduction to the text that it was timed for the 50th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation. The preface continued: "At present there are some major doubts regarding the `Holocaust' ... there is scant evidence that Jews were systematically killed in gas chambers ... "The gas used, in the view of a scientist, could not possibly have been used on large numbers of people ... Here is the astounding new historic truth that a young doctor has taken it upon himself to investigate."
Mark Schreiber, a writer who has been keeping track of anti-Semitic publications in Japan, said the article was "a rehash of revisionist writing in the United States which tries to deny the Holocaust. He [Nishioka] never visited Poland or Germany before writing the article and the editors never checked his story."
Kazuyoshi Hanada, sacked editor of now defunct Marco Polo, had offered to print rebuttals of Nishioka's claims in the next issue but defended his decision to publish.Reuse content