In 1988, German historian Ernst Nolte’s automobile was set on fire. The car was parked at the Free University in Berlin, where Nolte is a professor. An anonymous letter, which was sent to a Berlin news agency, declared: “It is useless to argue with such characters. It only legitimates their status as pseudo-scholars, thereby reducing debate to ‘academic disputes’ and disguising their role as imperialist agents within the university and beyond” (Zitelmann 199, 3). “We attack Nolte because he is one of those who personally represents the continuity of fascism,” the letter continued.