Denying the Holocaust The growing assault on truth and memory

Deborah E. Lipstadt

Book - 1993

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New York : Free Press c1993.
Main Author
Deborah E. Lipstadt (-)
Physical Description
278 p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review by Choice Review

There are any number of unresolved issues in Holocaust research about which competing views are possible; that the Nazi government sought to kill all Europe's Jews and others deemed unworthy of life is not, however, a debatable issue. Lipstadt's immensely valuable work provides descriptions and analysis of the veritable international industry that views the Holocaust as a hoax. In the US, the Institute for Historical Review publishes a "revisionist" journal and regularly holds conferences with speakers from Germany, France, England, and elsewhere who mendaciously argue that the "myth" of the Holocaust is part of a Jewish-Zionist conspiracy to support the State of Israel. Supporters of these views identify with racism and antisemitism, and regard Hitler's defeat as a tragedy. Despite Lipstadt's detailed descriptions of the views and activities of the "Holocaust deniers," these people remain shadowy, two-dimensional figures. What is further required is the kind of in-depth study comparable to Robert J. Lifton's The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killings and the Psychology of Genocide (CH, Jan'87). General; advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. G. M. Kren; Kansas State University

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A forceful analysis of attempts to deny the Nazi Holocaust. Lipstadt (Religion/Emory University; Beyond Belief, 1985--not reviewed) traces the history of Holocaust revisionism and contends that it can no longer be ignored, showing how Holocaust-deniers, once dismissed as a lunatic fringe, have been growing in numbers and influence during the past 20 years. Citing groups like the Institute for Historical Review, publications like The Spotlight, politicians like David Duke, and academicians like Leonard Jeffries, Lipstadt presents numerous examples of attempts to prove that the extermination of six million Jews is a hoax; that only a few thousand Jews died in the camps from disease; that the Allied bombings of German cities were worse than any Nazi offense; and that the ``true victims'' of WW II were the German people. These distortions of recorded history, argues the author, threaten to undermine our Western rationalist tradition and to legitimize the politicization of history. To Lipstadt, the common thread among Holocaust deniers is a ``purely anti-Semitic diatribe'' portraying Jews as victimizers. Self-declared scholars like Arthur R. Butz (whose credentials are in electronics) claim that Jews used the world's sympathy after the war to ``displace'' another people, establish the nation of Israel, and ``steal'' billions in reparations from their German and Western ``cash cows.'' Lipstadt argues vehemently against giving revisionists a forum in the name of free speech or freedom of the press, and she details the efforts of California revisionist Bradley Smith, who pushed a ``Holocaust was a hoax'' campaign in college newspapers throughout the US. Lipstadt contends that ``the responses to Holocaust denial by both students and faculty graphically demonstrate the susceptibility of an educated and privileged segment to the kind of reasoning that creates a hospitable climate for the rewriting of history.'' An important, well-documented study that deserves attention.

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