Nicholas Kollerstrom: Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell

Nicholas Kollerstrom is a very British scholar who discovered [the hard way] that studying the history of science can also be a double-minus-ungood thought crime.

Nicholas Kollerstrom (born 13 December 1946) is an English writer.

Formerly an honorary research fellow at University College London (UCL) and BBC lunar gardening correspondent, he is the author of several books, including Gardening and Planting by the Moon (an annual series beginning in 1980), Newton’s Forgotten Lunar Theory (2000), Crop Circles (2002), and Terror on the Tube (2009).

He has also written entries for the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers.

Kollerstrom has been involved in a variety of issues as a political activist.

In 1986 he co-founded the Belgrano Action Group after the sinking of the ARA General Belgrano by the Royal Navy during the Falklands War, and in 2007 argued that the 7 July 2005 London bombings had not been carried out by the men accused of them.

UCL withdrew his fellowship in 2008 after he posted material about the Auschwitz concentration camp on websites known for Holocaust denial.

Kollerstrom attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1965, obtaining his BA in natural sciences in 1968 (promoted to MA in 1973), with a focus on the history and philosophy of science.

He worked as a physics teacher before becoming a graduate student in science and technology at University College London (UCL).

Interested in the effect of the sun, moon and planets on plant growth, he served as the BBC’s lunar gardening correspondent, and in 1980 his Gardening and Planting by the Moon was published, the first of an annual series.

He was awarded his PhD in 1995 for a thesis entitled The Achievement of Newton’s “Theory of the Moon’s Motion” of 1702.

UCL also awarded him an honorary research fellowship.

In 1999 Kollerstrom received a grant from the Royal Astronomical Society to work on the classification of correspondence related to the discovery of Neptune, and in 2004 concluded in an article in Scientific American that the British had wrongly taken credit for it.

His book Newton’s Forgotten Lunar Theory: His Contribution to the Quest for Longitude was published in 2000.

In 2003 he wrote in BMC Psychiatry about the effect of the moon on human behaviour.

The views expressed by Dr Kollerstrom are diametrically opposed to the aims, objectives and ethos of UCL, such that we wish to have absolutely no association with them or with their originator.

We therefore have no choice but to terminate Dr Kollerstrom’s Honorary Research Fellowship with immediate effect.

UCL News – Dr Nicholas Kollerstrom – 22 April 2008
University College London

Nicholas Kollerstrom, an academic specialising in astronomy, posted the article, The Auschwitz “Gas Chamber” Illusion, on the website of the revisionist Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.

He claimed that only one million Jews died in the war and that “the only intentional mass extermination program[me] in the concentration camps of WW2 was targeted at Germans”.

Dr Kollerstrom, 61, an honorary research fellow at University College London until Tuesday, stood by the claims this week, but expressed surprise that they had caused offence.

And he insisted the university “had not actually told me what’s so terrible about the article”.

He complained that he had been accused of “thought-crime” after spending months researching it.

College rejects Shoah denier – Daniella Peled – 24 April 2008
The Jewish Chronicle Online

Dr Nicholas Kollerstrom is convinced that academics have punished him for a ‘thought crime’. The distinguished astronomer exercised his right as an intellectual in a free society to speak his mind. His university responded by stripping him of his research fellowship and declared that it wishes to have ‘absolutely no association’ with him.

To make matters worse, Kollerstrom was denounced by University College, London, one of Europe’s greatest bastions of academic integrity, whose founder, Jeremy Bentham, defended intellectual freedom with the stirring words: ‘As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.’

Rather than seeking to restrict Kollerstrom’s academic freedom, their successors would have done better to have agreed to preserve his body and place it next to Bentham’s as a reminder to liberal intellectuals of the state they may come to if they abandon liberal principles.

When academics lose their power of reason – Nick Cohen – 4 May 2008
The Guardian – Higher education – Opinion

Nicholas Kollerstrom’s double-minus-ungood thought crimes are detailed in his book Breaking the Spell published in 2014.

Breaking the Spell - Book Cover

In 1941, British Intelligence analysts cracked the German “Enigma” code.

This undermined the German war effort – but also threw new light on day-by-day events in the Nazi concentration camp system.

Between January 1942 and January 1943, encrypted radio communications between those camps and the Berlin headquarters were intercepted and decrypted.

Oddly enough, historians have largely ignored the information furnished in these intercepts relating to “arrivals,” “departures,” recorded deaths and other events at these camps.

The only reasonable explanation for this embarrassing omission is that the intercepted data seriously contradicts, even refutes, the orthodox “Holocaust” narrative.

The revealed information does not expose a program of mass murder and racial genocide.

Quite the opposite: it reveals that the Germans were determined, desperate even, to reduce the death rate in their work camps, which was caused by catastrophic typhus epidemics.

Were the British here hoodwinked by the Nazis, as some historians to this day try to claim – or is the truth both simpler and more shocking?

In 1988 and 1991 forensic studies threw light on the question of whether or not the claimed gas chambers at Auschwitz had served as slaughter houses for hundreds of thousands of people.

Both studies had concluded that the only facilities where Zyklon B gas had been used were hygienic rather than homicidal, killing bugs rather than Jews.

Needless to say that these iconoclastic studies were ignored or in some countries even outlawed, and that their authors were ostracized and even imprisoned.

Dr. Kollerstrom, a science historian, has taken these studies, which are in obvious, stark contrast to the widely accepted narrative, as a starting point for his own endeavour into the land of taboo.

After he had published a brief paper summarizing what he thought the data forced him to conclude, he was thrown out of his College where he had been a member of staff for eleven years.

In his new book Breaking the Spell, Dr. Kollerstrom shows that “witness statements” supporting the human gas chamber narrative clearly clash with the available scientific data.

He juxtaposes the commonly accepted ideas about a Nazi extermination policy toward the Jews with a wide array of mostly unchallenged, but usually unmentioned evidence pointing in a quite different direction, for instance:

Zyklon B is a buzz word for the claimed Nazi mass murder, but all non-anecdotal evidence proves that this chemical was merely used as a pesticide in order to improve the inmates’ health and reduce, not increase, camp mortality.

Zyklon B applied in delousing chambers formed chemical compounds detectable to this day. No such compounds can be found, but ought to be expected, in the claimed homicidal gas chambers.

The UK’s intelligence decrypts prove that the German camp authorities were desperately trying to save their inmates’ lives.

“Six Million Jews threatened or killed”: read 167 quotes from newspapers with that “news” spanning from 1900 to 1945, with a peak after World War ONE! Yes, one, not two!

Germany has paid compensation to millions of Nazi victims, and Israel has implicitly admitted that many million Jews survived the Holocaust.

A British archaeological team looked for traces of the claimed 800,000 victims of the Treblinka camp – and came back empty-handed.

Dr. Kollerstrom concludes that the history of the Nazi “Holocaust” has been written by the victors with ulterior motives and that this history is distorted, exaggerated and largely wrong.

He asserts that this history is, in truth, a great lie that distorts our common perceived reality and misdirects human history to this very day.

If “you want to look at all the evidence and form your own opinion” then please proceed with caution because in some legal jurisdictions double-minus-ungood thought crimes are illegal.

Holocaust denial is explicitly or implicitly illegal in 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

Do you want to look at all the evidence and form your own opinion? is based in the United Kingdom and devoted to free inquiry into historical events.

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3 Responses to Nicholas Kollerstrom: Breaking the Spell

  1. andrewfitts says:

    Thought Crimes are a serious no-go….not unlike the even greater collusion to cover up the memory of earth catastrophes and their effect upon humanity. At first deny, then repress, then when all else fails, sublimate:

    “The Rage to Deny”

  2. tom0mason says:

    IMO in these modern times the consensus of thinking especially in science, appears evermore to confirm past notions of what popular ideas mean …
    “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” Charles Darwin.

    “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.” John Steinbeck in East of Eden.

    That said I feel it is true that when new avenues of observation in science are opened up, the ignorant voice of prejudice rather than logic and knowledge, appears to be the first to loudly shout an explanation. As Dr. Kollerstrom has found when such non-factual notions are firmly held by states and institutions, using logic and science against such prejudice causes widespread vilification against the person and his ideas, no matter how well they fit the available evidence.

  3. THX1138 says:

    More and more mounting evidence shows Kollerstrom to be correct.

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