Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? / Edition 2by Michael Shermer, Alex Grobman
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 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.
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Table of ContentsForeword 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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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.