by. Deborah E. Lipstadt. · Rating details · ratings · 56 reviews. The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat. Praise. Praise for Denying the Holocaust “Important and impassioned A comprehensive account of Holocaust denial, particularly from an. And then this professor, who is called Deborah has to prove it did Lipstadt’s book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on.

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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 Jew The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat. 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 retells 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.

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To ask other readers questions about Denying the Holocaustplease sign up. Well, if the Holocaust did not take place, then I don’t exist. The six German concentration camps, in which I was imprisoned, did not exist. If all the above did not exist, how did I manage to reach the venerable age of 84? See 1 question about Denying the Holocaust…. Lists with This Book.

Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Update Just seen the film of the trial of the book Denial and it was pretty good. It was published inand in Irving sued Penguin Books and the author for libel. It was a huge case and this is the film of the events surrounding the court proceedings, all of which is fascinating.

There is a problem with making such a film though — it bites off way m Update Just seen the film of the trial of the book Denial and it was pretty good. The main issue centred on whether Irving had deliberately falsified information in his denyiing in holpcaust to deny that gassings of Jews happened at Auschwitz. And, of course, he had. Such a strange thing lipsgadt do — why would you bother?

Suppose, just for a moment, that he was correct, and Auschwitz was only a concentration camp and never an extermination facility — would he have then denied the existence of Sobibor, Treblinka and Belzec, the extermination-only camps?

Would he have denied the work of the Einsatzgruppen in Eastern Europe and Russia? Picking away at the gassings at Auschwitz seems useless and pointless, but that is what the slimebag did. In this brilliant passage, Primo Levi anticipates the success of Holocaust denial.

Somewhere in a concentration camp in a Nazi addresses a Jew: However this war may end, we have won the war against you.

None of you will be left to bear witness, but even if someone were to survive, the world would not believe him. There will be perhaps suspicions, discussions, research by historians, but there will be no certainties, because we will destroy the evidence together with you. And even if some proof should remain and some of you survive, people will say that the events you describe are too monstrous to be believed — they will say they are the exaggerations of Allied propaganda and will believe us, who will deny everything, and not you.


Deborah Lipstadt nails the insidiousness of holocaust denial really well in her introduction. She recounts walking off a TV show which was discussing holocaust denial because they had a Nation of Islam guy deboorah the show who was explicitly denying the holocaust.

DL told them she couldn’t appear with a denier. But we wanted people to hear a balance of views, the TV producer said. You should present your side of the story and he should be allowed to present his side. In the days when Denhing Trump’s press secretary refers to such things as “alternative facts” it’s worth saying that a fact is a fact. Holocaust denial uses two main types of argument – in the first type, fanboys of Hitler say that whilst the Holocaust may have happened Hitler himself never ordered it – lipetadt fact wasn’t aware of it.

It was all the work of Heydrich and Himmler, those two over-enthusiastic idealists. The second type of argument says that all these deaths, holocauwt mountains of corpses we see in the atrocity photos, were caused by epidemics which raged through the camps in the months before liberation.

There was no deliberate extermination. No, all the camps were work camps, whose regimes were admittedly harsh, but no harsher than those in the Soviet gulag.

The deniers then accuse anyone denying their denial of Zionism, siding with the Jews against the Palestinians; and lipstsdt insidious strand of argument has been unfortunately successful in some quarters of the European Left which has seen – for example – the usual leftist protesters against the latest Western invasion of a Muslim country making common cause with Islamist groups who are explicit Holocaust deniers.

What a tangled web it all is.

They’re deeply unpleasant but they aren’t the ones spreading the poison into current generations. Still, it’s a very interesting read and recommended for those who enjoy a creepy political freak show. View all 45 comments. Denying the Holocaust is a thorough exploration of the rise and development Holocaust denial. Lipstadt’s book examines the evolution of Holocaust denial from its immediate post-war origins to the rise of a modern denial “movement”, along with an examination of the most famous and influential deniers and their claims.

This is a fascinating story, which begins with early instances of Holocaust denial as espoused by historians such as Harry Elmer Barnes and Austin J. App, to the development of enti Denying the Holocaust is a thorough exploration of the rise and development Holocaust denial.

App, to the development of entire organizations devoted to denying the Holocaust, such as the U. The Institute even has its own publishing house, the Noontide Presswhich publishes books and pamphlets denying the Holocaust along with classic antisemitic texts such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Holocaust deniers agree on a number of points – Nazi Germany did not systematically exterminate Jews during World War 2 and there was no mass murder in extermination camps and gas chambers, and the number of Jews killed during the War is significantly lower than the accepted figures – but Holocaust denial is rarely an isolated phenomenon; rather, deniers engage in it as a part of apologia for Nazi Germany in general and Adolf Hitler in particular.

Common claims include Germany being provoked into war by Britain, France and sometimes America, invasions of countries as a necessity to protect their persecuted German minorities, or even being forced to react militarily against aggressive and threatening Poland; in this world, everyone is out to destroy Germany, with Hitler acting as a statesman devoted to protect his country, resorting to conflict only after all of his patient diplomatic efforts at maintaining peace have failed.

Although Holocaust denial is central to Nazi apologetics, it is rarely the only part of it – I believe that it would prove very difficult to find a person who would deny that a Nazi genocide of Jews has taken place, but at the same time acknowledge antisemitism, totalitarianism, hegemonic imperialism and war crimes of Nazi Germany.

Holocaust deniers and Nazi apologists either ignore historical evidence which does not fit their already made conclusions, or twist it to conform to their view of the world.

Such is the case of David Irving, a British author of many books on World War II, once celebrated for his talent of unearthing new historical documents, now notorious and reduced to speaking at far-right gatherings and private lectures. Although Lipstadt is heavily critical of Irving’s practices and names him “the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial”her book is by no means focused on him or his work – he is just one of the many figures which she correctly associated with denying the Holocaust.

Nonetheless, Irving sued Lipstadt for libel in – and in English law the burden of proof is on the defendant, which meant that Lipstadt had to prove that Irving is a Holocaust denier and an apologist for Hitler who has manipulated evidence to suit his needs. Irving lost the case spectacularly – British historian, Richard J. Evans, examined his published work thoroughly, and found that Irving has knowingly manipulated and distorted real documents and used forgeries as sources, concluding that none of his writing or lectures can be trusted as an accurate description of historical events, and that Irving himself could not be trusted as a historian.


The Irving Trial is the most famous case of a Holocaust denier – even more so because it was Irving who sued and had all the possibilities of proving the truth of the “truth” about the Holocaust in a court of law, but ended up being exposed as a fraud and racist. Although the subject is interesting and Lipstadt does a good job at presenting it, there are elements in the book which are troubling and spoil it. First of all, there is not a word in it about the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust – Soviet POWs, Ethnic Poles, Belorussians, Ukrainians, and others – communists, homosexuals, and the disabled.

Are they not part of the same tragedy which befell the Jews, and not worthy of the same attention and commemoration? How much of Holocaust studies focuses on these victims? Hitler’s famous speech at his Obersalzberg residence, delivered on the 22nd of Augustis the one where he openly calls for ruthless extermination of an entire people – physical destruction of men, women and children, without mercy and compassion, using the Armenian genocide as an example.

This speech is often used as proof of Hitler’s familiarity with genocide, and his intention to carry one out during the war. But how many people know that this speech calls for genocide not of Jews, but of Poles?

At another point Lipstadt dismisses comparisons of Nazism with Stalinism; she states that Stalin’s campaign of terror was “arbitrary”whereas Hitler’s was targeted at “a particular group”and goes on to say that while Hitler’s Germany targeted every single Jew, “no citizen of the Soviet Union assumed that deportation and death were inevitable consequences of his or her ethnic origins”. This is simply not true, as in the Soviet Union entire nationalities were deported precisely because of their ethnicity.

Inall ethnic Koreans were deported from the Russian Far East to unpopulated areas of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The official reason for this mass deportation was to prevent Japanese espionage in the Soviet Union at the time Korea was under Japanese rule. Inthe Soviet Union began what would be known as “Decossackization” – a process aimed to eliminate the Kuban and Don Cossacks as distinctive ethnic group, as they were perceived to be collectively hostile to the new regime.

This is the first example of the Soviet Union targeting an entire population of people with the full intent of ultimately exterminating it – and it happened long before Hitler, or even Stalin, came to power. During the Great Purge, the Soviet NKVD carried out a series of what would be known as the National Operations, where the Soviet government explicitly targeted entire populations purely on ethnic grounds.

Deportation of Koreans was one of them, but another one which has to be mentioned is the Polish Operation. Conducted between andit targeted ethnic Poles living in the Soviet Union, and accused them of sabotage and spying for the Polish government. Their social class did not matter; they were targeted and killed because they were Polish.

Although official orders called for arrest of Polish “spies”, it was openly acknowledged by the NKVD as an order to exterminate all Poles and even those who were perceived to be Polish.

The operation was carried out as holocajst without any judicial trial whatsoever – to fill in large arrest quotas, the NKVD resorted to the crudest of methods: Men were summarily shot, and their wives and mothers were deported to labor camps in Kazakhstan and Siberia.

Their children were taken by state orphanages to be brought up as Soviet citizens, deliberately severing any connection to their Polish origins. All possessions of the accused were confiscated, purposefully leaving nothing for their parents and in-laws, which ultimately left them to perish as well.

It is estimated by official Soviet records that more thanpeople have been sentenced, out of whom approximatelywere executed, five times more than in the Katyn massacre. Is this “arbitrary terror”? It also has to be noted that while Jews were persecuted in Germany after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power – beginning with boycott of Jewish businesses to ultimately stripping them from their legal rights – Nazi Germany began the mass killing of Jews after invading Poland and subsequently the Soviet Union, with the long decision process regarding the Final Solution culminating at the infamous conference in the Berlin suburb of Holocausf in