Santomauro first caught my eye with this promise that is still posted to his site: "$1,000.00 reward (will be paid by RePortersNoteBook.com) to the first person to prove that any portion of Israel Shahak's Jewish History, Jewish Religion -- The Weight of Three Thousand Years, chapter 5 is inaccurate." I submitted this essay, which is now cited by Wikipedia, among other sources on Shahak. Santomauro refused to pay.
Now, as a "celebration" of David Irving's release from jail in Austria, Santomauro is offer $10,000 "any person to prove that any topic in the book published by Germar Rudolf who is currently in prison and on trial in Germany for writing this book titled: The Lectures on the Holocaust [Online here] where the essence of it's [sic] content by chapter or topic is not academically acceptable."
Anyone even remotely considering taking this on should take several steps before even getting down to work
- Get Proof that Santomauro Has the Money. If he doesn't have the money, then what would be the point?
- Have Him Put the Money in Escrow. Then he can't cry poor mouse later on.
- Get Specifics From Santomauro About What He Wants. In particular, get him to define "academically acceptable."
- Get Him to Sign a Notarized Document That He Will Actually Pay if You Meet His Specific Demands. Then if he doesn't, you have legal recourse.
- Submit Anything Intended for Santomauro to Myself or Nick Terry First. Both Nick and I have published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and I actually edit one currently for my job. That includes coordinating peer review. So we'll be able to gauge -- as experts -- whether the article you submit passes economic muster.
More on this one later.