Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

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The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat. Yet there are those who insist that the death of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps is nothing but a hoax perpetrated by a powerful Zionist conspiracy. Forty years ago, such notions were the province of pseudohistorians who argued that Hitler never meant to kill the Jews, and that only a few hundred thousand died in the camps from disease; they also argued that the Allied bombings of Dresden and other cities were worse than any Nazi offense, and that the Germans were the "true victims" of World War II. For years, those who made such claims were dismissed as harmless cranks operating on the lunatic fringe. But over the past decade they have begun to gain a hearing in respectable arenas, and now, in the first full-scale history of Holocaust denial, Deborah Lipstadt shows how - despite tens of thousands of living witnesses and vast amounts of documentary evidence - this irrational idea not only has continued to gain adherents but has become an international movement, with organized chapters, "independent" research centers, and official publications that promote a "revisionist" view of recent history. One sign of the movement's disturbing resonance is the rise of such figures as the Holocaust denier David Duke to national prominence. Holocaust deniers have also begun to make common cause with radical Afrocentrists such as Leonard Jeffries of New York's City University, who retails racist myths about the Jews; and a recent campaign of ads in college newspapers calling for "open debate" on "so-called facts" about the Holocaust suggests a bold new bid for mainstream intellectual legitimacy. Lipstadt shows how Holocaust denial thrives in the current atmosphere of value relativism, and argues that this chilling attack on the factual record not only threatens Jews but undermines the very tenets of objective scholarship that support our faith in historical knowledge.

In this first full-scale history of Holocaust denial, Lipstadt shows how, despite tens of thousands of living witnesses and vast amounts of documentary evidence, this irrational idea has not only continued to gain adherents but has become an internationally organized movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452272743
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 993,211
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Canaries in the Mine: Holocaust Denial and the Limited Power of Reason 1
2 The Antecedents: History, Conspiracy, and Fantasy 31
3 In the Shadow of World War II: Denial's Initial Steps 49
4 The First Stirrings of Denial in America 65
5 Austin J. App: The World of Immoral Equivalencies 85
6 Denial: A Tool of the Radical Right 103
7 Entering the Mainstream: The Case of Arthur Butz 123
8 The Institute for Historical Review 137
9 The Gas Chamber Controversy 157
10 The Battle for the Campus 183
11 Watching on the Rhine: The Future Course of Holocaust Denial 209
Appendix: Twisting the Truth: Zyklon-B, the Gas Chambers, and the Diary of Anne Frank 223
Notes 237
Index 272
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    Makes You Think

    I am a 15 year old sophmore and the only reason that I read this book was for a book review that I had to do for an honors history class. I had to choose a highly opinionated book and I chose this one. I happen to think that it is quite intriguing. Although there is an immense vocabulary selection and intense content I like it. It's one of those books that really 'makes you think' instead of just enjoy. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be educated about such things as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014


    The author of this book is a liar. My grand dad opened the front left gate to acuwitz and saw the people. And also shot some of the fleeing nazi officers. The other side of my family was in birkneu and they were being beaten for the enjoymet of the gaurds. When Hitler came to visit the camp he laughed at gaurd who was ripping a person fingers off. Tell me that not fake


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  • Posted April 12, 2013


    Can't believe there are people who deny this time in history. I have been to Dachua in Germany and it was a very sobering experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013


    Tell my uncle that liberated a death camp that the holocaust was fake. He made pictures that would give you nightmares. It affected him terribly. Dont allow the lies to spread.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    An excellent expose of the cancer of Holocaust denial

    This book is a scholarly work exposing the cancer of Holocaust denial. The history of the denial movement (incorrectly labelled by the deniers themselves as 'historical revisionism' - it is not) is clearly set out. All that is missing is the impact of the internet, which is allowing the cancer to spread through the fallacious use of the freedom of speech arguement (freedom to hate?). This book is a very readable expose of the decietful world of liars and hatemongers.

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