Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

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by Deborah E. Lipstadt
     
 

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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. Sixty years ago, such notions were the province of pseudohistorians who argued that Hitler never meant to kill

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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. Sixty 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 as time goes on, 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.

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. Thus the movement has an unsuspected power to dramatically alter the way that truth and meaning are transmitted from one generation to another.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476727486
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
263,479
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Deborah Lipstadt, author of The Eichmann Trial (2011), History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (2005), and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-45 (1986), occupies the Dorot Chair in Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

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Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 THE AUTOR IS EITHER STUPID OR JUST A D**K OR HE IS A NEO-NAZI
tltjdh More than 1 year ago
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.