Updated Wednesday 6 March 2024

CASE FILE: Michèle Renouf

Name Michèle Renouf
Tags Holocaust Denier
Categories Independent Activist
Related People/Groups
Years Active 1990s – Present
Active Areas UK, Europe, Middle East


Michèle Renouf is an Australian-born former model and has been a leading international Holocaust denier since the 1990s. 

She has a long history of working with neo-nazis, Islamists and conspiracy theorists of all stripes to push her antisemitism. 

Renouf is perhaps best known for her links to antisemites in the Middle East, where she once tried to raise money for British Holocaust denier David Irving. After Irving’s  attempt to sue the American academic Deborah Lipstadt backfired and left him bankrupt, Renouf arranged a meeting for him  with Prince Fahd bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, son of the governor of Riyadh and eldest nephew to King Fahd. Unfortunately for Irving, Prince Fahd died suddenly shortly afterwards and he did not receive a penny.

In 2006, she attended the notorious Holocaust denial conference in Iran organised by then-President Ahmadinejad. At the conference Renouf handed Ahmadinejad two DVDs: Jailing Opinions and Setting the Record Straight – The Saga of Political Activist, Ernst Zündel. In the years that followed the conference she enjoyed a certain celebrity cachet, appearing on a range of Iranian-owned satellite television channels.

On 3 June 2010, Renouf returned again to Iran where she addressed President Ahmadinejad and other selected delegates at the Fourth International Conference on Imam Khomeini and Foreign Policy. The conference was held in the presidential quarters in Tehran and Ahmadinejad himself sat in the front row as Renouf told the audience that Khomeini was a “role model” for the West as indeed was Ahmadinejad, for confronting western “swindle-speak” with regards to the Holocaust. As well as seeking to introduce western Holocaust denial arguments into Iran, Renouf has also acted as a conduit for antisemitic propaganda from Iran.

Unsurprisingly Renouf has long associated with high profile neo-nazis, and once landed

herself in legal trouble after reportedly stating that the only Holocaust perpetrated in Europe was against German civilians, while addressing a crowd of neo-nazis in Dresden in February 2018.

Though less influential than she once was, she continues to be active and has been seen on pro-Palestine and anti-trans demonstrations as well as at conferences and events organised by the fascist group Patriotic Alternative. 




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