US Professor resigns amid furor over 9/11 remarks (JERUSALEM POST) 02/01/05)
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A University of Colorado professor who provoked a furor when he
compared victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks to Nazis
has resigned as a department chairman but will retain his teaching
job, the university said.
In an essay written after the Sept. 11 attacks, Ward Churchill said
the World Trade Center victims were "little Eichmanns," a reference
to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi plans to exterminate Europe´s
Jews. Churchill also spoke of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat
teams" that struck America.
The essay attracted little attention until Churchill was invited
recently to speak at Hamilton College, about 40 miles (64 kilometers)
east of Syracuse, New York. Hundreds of relatives of Sept. 11 victims
have protested the appearance. Hamilton College President Joan Hinde
has said that "however repugnant one might find Mr. Churchill´s
remarks," the college was committed to his right of free speech and
would not rescind its invitation.
Administrators have moved Churchill´s appearance to a building that
can seat 2,000, instead of the originally planned 300.
Churchill resigned as chairman of Colorado´s Ethnic Studies
Department, telling university officials in a letter that "the
present political climate has rendered me a liability in terms of
representing either my department, the college, or the university."
University officials welcomed the move.
"While Professor Churchill has the constitutional right to express
his political views, his essay on 9/11 has outraged and appalled us
and the general public," interim CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano
said. (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem Post 02/01/05)
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