Deniers of the Holocaust: Who They Are, What They Do, Why They Do It

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It is a historical event as well documented as any other, if not more so. Its sad legacy has affected generations of people all over the world.

To deny it seems ludicrous. There were countless eyewitnesses and many survivors. Yet there is a population that claims the Holocaust never happened.

Denial of the Holocaust runs the gamut from outright refusal to believe that those events took place; to acknowledgment that Jewish people died in large ...

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Overview

It is a historical event as well documented as any other, if not more so. Its sad legacy has affected generations of people all over the world.

To deny it seems ludicrous. There were countless eyewitnesses and many survivors. Yet there is a population that claims the Holocaust never happened.

Denial of the Holocaust runs the gamut from outright refusal to believe that those events took place; to acknowledgment that Jewish people died in large numbers, although, it is claimed, that was due to the hardships of World War II; to justification of Nazi brutality and sympathy for the Nazi cause.

Who are the people who deny the Holocaust? They are scholars, historians, and others who seek to create their own version of history -- a history based on lies and half-truths. They encourage others to adopt their way of thinking, thereby furthering their cause and that of the Nazis. They use the Internet to try and sway young people who may be open to their powerful suggestions. They use the First Amendment as a shield from behind which they spread their messages of hate.

They employ moral relativism to shift attention off the Holocaust: Groups of people have been persecuted throughout history, and continue to be persecuted, they say. Why should the Holocaust be viewed differently?

The majority of people understand that facts are facts, and that this denial of historical truth is based on bigotry and hatred. Learning about Holocaust denial, and how and why it is done, reinforces the truth. Perhaps examining the theories and methods of deniers, rather than ignoring or hiding them, can expose those theories and methods for the foolish, destructive, hate-based lies that they are.

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In a scant 110 pages, Ted Gottfried attempts to identify the individuals who deny the Holocaust, explain their activities and analyze their motives. However, he spends precious little time seriously refuting the claims of Holocaust deniers. To convince readers that a particular group is spreading propaganda, one must engage in more than name-calling. The genocide committed during World War II is well documented. Yet the opening chapter of this book devotes only one page to Holocaust evidence. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and its vast resources of archival materials is never mentioned. There is only one photograph included from the concentration camps. No pictures of the ghettos, execution squads or crematoria are provided. Gottfried dismisses Holocaust deniers as bigoted anti-semites, which already-sympathetic readers will not disagree with. He discusses the history of anti-semitism at length while only briefly mentioning the ramifications of questioning established historical fact. This book will enable readers to identify many of the Holocaust revisionist and hate groups in the United States and abroad. It will not change the opinions of a neutral or unsympathetic audience. 2001, Twenty-First Century Books, $28.90. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
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Gottfried adds four more titles to his Holocaust series, following Nazi Germany (2000/VOYA June 2001) and Martyrs to Madness (2000/VOYA June 2001). Children of the Slaughter does a credible job of discussing the effect of the Holocaust not only on the Jewish children but also on the German youngsters who were forced to join the Hitler youth and on the offspring of Holocaust survivors. The plight of the Jews did not end when World War II was over. Displaced Persons chronicles the atrocities against those who survived Nazi terrorism. In their desperate search for a homeland, many Jewish survivors sought refuge in Palestine, a journey described by Gottfried here. Deniers of the Holocaust provides an in-depth look at the people and organizations that claim the Holocaust never happened. This book looks at the rise of Nazi-affiliated groups, explores the technique of moral relativism, and examines the current use of the Internet by the ring of deniers. This volume is devoted to topics often overlooked or treated briefly in other Holocaust series. Heroes of the Holocaust shares many stories of people, religious or political organizations, and countries that sheltered Jews, resisted Nazi policies, and rescued victims destined to die. It also tells of the heroic efforts by many from the Jewish population itself. Text in each book is written in a straightforward, easy-to-read manner. The material will be useful for research reports as well as personal reading for those interested in the subject. Similar in format, each book is set in large type with wide margins, and one clear black-and-white photograph per chapter. Chapters are titled with subheadings attractively set off by a contrasting colorthat coordinates with the end papers and book jacket. The dramatic cover artwork, end papers, and chapter dividers compliment the series. Glossary. Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Twenty-First Century, 112p. PLB
— Mary Ann Capan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761319504
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Holocaust Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What Is the Holocaust? 9
2 Who Are the Deniers? 21
3 The Well-Meaning Nazis 33
4 The Logic of Denial 43
5 Moral Relativism 55
6 Theft & Deception 67
7 The Role of the Internet 77
8 Deniers, Haters, and Killers 87
Afterword 99
Source Notes 101
Glossary 108
For More Information 109
Index 111
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