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Author of Holocaust Book Is Charged

Source: Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in southwestern Poland charged a history professor May 31st  for writing a book that denies that the Nazis killed millions of Jews in death camps.

The book ``Dangerous Themes'' by Dariusz Ratajczak violates a Polish law banning the public denial of Nazi and communist crimes, prosecutor spokesman Roman Wawrzynek told the PAP state news agency. If convicted, Ratajczak faces up to three years in prison.

Ratajczak claims in his book that the gas chambers at Nazi death camps were used to kill lice on prisoners. It calls testimony from eyewitnesses ``useless'' and describes researchers of Nazi crimes as ``followers of the religion of Holocaust'' who impose on others ``a false image of the past,'' media reports said.

The book was sold in university bookstores.

Ratajczak was suspended from his job at the Historical Institute of the University of Opole after a commission investigating Nazi crimes in Poland complained to prosecutors about the book in April.