Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? / Edition 2

Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? / Edition 2

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by Michael Shermer, Alex Grobman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520260988

ISBN-13: 9780520260986

Pub. Date: 04/01/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of

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Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." They have conducted personal interviews with the deniers, read their literature, monitored their Web sites, attended their conferences, engaged them in debate, and even traveled around Europe to conduct research at the Nazi extermination camps. Uncovering a complex social movement, the authors go much deeper than ever before in not only trying to understand the motives of the Holocaust deniers, but also refuting their points one by one. In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened and, for that matter, how we can confirm any historical event.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260986
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
Updated and Expanded
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
358,232
Product dimensions:
9.08(w) x 6.02(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Arthur Hertzberg
Introduction. Who Speaks For The Past?
History and Pseudohistory

PART I. FREE SPEECH AND HISTORY

Chapter 1. Giving the Devil His Due
The Free Speech Issue

Chapter 2. The Noble Dream
How We Know Anything in History Happened

PART II. INSIDE THE DENIAL MOVEMENT

Chapter 3. Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened?
An Inside Look at the Personalities and Organizations

Chapter 4. Why They Say the Holocaust Never Happened
The Ideological Agenda

Chapter 5. How Deniers Distort History
Flaws, Fallacies, and Failings in the Deniers' Arguments.

PART III. ARGUMENTS AND REFUTATIONS

Chapter 6. The Crooked Timber of Auschwitz
How Concentration Camps Became Death Camps

Chapter 7. "For God's Sake, Terrible."
The Scope and Scale of the Holocaust

Chapter 8. The Evil of Banality
The Protocols of National Socialism

PART IV. TRUTH AND HISTORY

Chapter 9. The Rape of History
Denial, Revision, and the Search for a True and Meaningful Past.

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Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Victor3000 More than 1 year ago
A very insightful and informative look into the thought patterns of a group most people want to pretend don't exist: Holocaust deniers. There are more of them out there than we would like to admit. This works introduces us to the mistaken ideas that holocaust deniers use to justify their world view, and gives us the information we need to correct them. Not a joyful read, but an important one.