The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.
[John Philpott Curran, 1750-1817]
Ken McVay is a 70-year-old Canadian - a leader in developing and implementing community-based, grass roots strategies for countering the lies of those promoting hatred on the Internet.
The work McVay's been doing, now known as The Nizkor Project, has consumed nearly 20 years of his life.
He was compelled to counter the deceit of holocaust deniers and hate mongers after running across virulently antisemitic material on the Internet in January of 1992. It had been posted by Dan Gannon, from Portland, Oregon, and included malignant doses of Nazi propaganda. Offended at the nature of this material, McVay began making trips to the local library in search of Holocaust information, and borrowing books on the subject.He began what has now become his life's work, rereading many of the three hundred books about World War II that he had read as a teenager and reading for the first time countless additional books specifically about the Holocaust. He transcribed relevant information into his computer and then used this documentation to refute the specific claims made by Mr. Gannon.
McVay often spent 18 to 20 hours a day typing, and soon found that he had somehow amassed over 3500 pages of information. As the flood of information increased, so did demands for the information; requests inundated McVay's electronic mailbox, and he soon found himself a defacto, full-time Holocaust researcher and librarian to the world of the Internet.
Today he has built one of the most extensive and thorough information sources about the Holocaust and the activities of racists and white supremacists in the world. McVay devotes countless hours to the maintenance and improvement of this massive collection, which now exceeds one million pages.
McVay has directed an effort to enhance what has become the world's largest Holocaust-resource Web site. Within the past few years, thousands of pages of information have been added, including the complete transcripts of the first Nuremberg Military Tribunal and the Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Since May 1995, Nizkor has placed over 72,000 pages on the web, and delivered millions pages of text to interested users worldwide Nizkor's Toronto servers provide over 327,000 Megabytes of data per month.
The Nizkor site has proven itself an invaluable tool for Holocaust researchers, the media, students, and those concerned with the alarming rise of neo-Nazi activity on the Internet.
In recognition of the value of McVay's work to the people and province, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 1995 - the highest honour the Provincial government can bestow upon a citizen, and a special Media Human Rights Award, presented by B'nai Brith Canada in March of 1996.
about Ken and his work
- Interview with Hatewatch's David Goldman, dealing with a wide variety of issues, including free speech and hate on the Internet.
- Nizkor Project Objectives
- Sam Levinson's Answer to an Anti-Semite, from a "Dear Abby" column. href="http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/l/littman-sol/littman-letter.html">Sol Littman's (Simon Wiesenthal Center) poison pen letter
Open Letter to Zündelsite Visitors shows how "revisionism" turns a request to cross-link into a "debate." Statement regarding Ernst Zundel & Internet interactivity