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Denying the Holocaust : The Growing Assault On Truth And Memory - Deborah E. Lipstadt

Denying the Holocaust

The Growing Assault On Truth And Memory

Paperback Published: 1st July 1994
ISBN: 9780452272743
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The inspirational author behind the major motion picture Denial, starring Rachel Weisz

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.

"Important and impassioned... A comprehensive account of Holocaust denial, particularly from an American perspective and particularly for the reader with little prior knowledge of the subject. It rigorously traces the movement's roots and development both in this country and abroad, describes the ways the deniers have managed to focus attention on their arguments in both educational institutions and the news media, and explores the susceptibility of Americans, as well as others, to their arguments."--Walter Reich, New York Times "Lipstadt, who has been sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving, was the first to call attention to the rapidly expanding movement to deny that the Holocaust ever took place. In this groundbreaking analysis, she profiles the deniers and explains their viewpoints and exposes the rabid anti-Semitism at the heart of Holocaust denial and the very serious threat it poses."--Donna Seaman, Booklist

Preface
Canaries in the Mine: Holocaust Denial and the Limited Power of Reasonp. 1
The Antecedents: History, Conspiracy, and Fantasyp. 31
In the Shadow of World War II: Denial's Initial Stepsp. 49
The First Stirrings of Denial in Americap. 65
Austin J. App: The World of Immoral Equivalenciesp. 85
Denial: A Tool of the Radical Rightp. 103
Entering the Mainstream: The Case of Arthur Butzp. 123
The Institute for Historical Reviewp. 137
The Gas Chamber Controversyp. 157
The Battle for the Campusp. 183
Watching on the Rhine: The Future Course of Holocaust Denialp. 209
Appendix: Twisting the Truth: Zyklon-B, the Gas Chambers, and the Diary of Anne Frankp. 223
Notesp. 237
Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780452272743
ISBN-10: 0452272742
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 1994
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35