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Author Lipstadt, Deborah E., author

Title Denying the Holocaust : the growing assault on truth and memory / Deborah E. Lipstadt
Published New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, [1993]


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Description ix, 278 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Canaries in the mine: Holocaust denial and the limited power of reason -- The antecedents: history, conspiracy, and fantasy -- In the shadow of World War II: denial's initial steps -- The first stirrings of denial in America -- Austin J. App: the world of immoral equivalencies -- Denial: a tool of the radical right -- Entering the mainstream: the case of Arthur Butz -- The Institute for Historical Review -- The gas chamber controversy -- The battle for the campus -- Watching on the Rhine: The future course of Holocaust denial
Summary The author shows how, despite witnesses and evidence to the contrary, this irrational idea has not only continued to gain adherents but has become an internationally organized movement. She argues vehemently against giving Holocaust deniers 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 United States
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 perpetuated by a powerful Zionist conspiracy. Forty years ago, such notion 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 of 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 suggest 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. Thus the movement has an unsuspected power to dramatically alter the way that truth and meaning are transmitted from one generation to another. -- from dust jacket
Analysis Jews Genocide
Concentration camps
History, 1901-1945
Overseas item
World War 2
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-271) and index
Subject Antisemitism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Holocaust denial -- United States.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Historiography.
Antisemitism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Holocaust denial -- United States.
Holocaust denial.
Holocaust denial literature.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Historiography.
LC no. 93009952
ISBN 0029192358