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  • Perfect Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Theses & Dissertations Press; Softcover edition (March 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591480051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591480051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DEBATING THE HOLOCAUST A NEW LOOK AT BOTH SIDES By Thomas Dalton, Ph.D THE CONTROVERSY THAT WON'T GO AWAY NOW, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE HOLOCAUST DENIAL DEBATE There was no budget. There was no plan. There was no extermination order from Hitler. Preeminent Holocaust expert Raul Hilberg said: {What began in 1941 was a process of destruction not planned in advance, not organized centrally by any agency. There was no blueprint and there was no budget for destructive measures. [These measures] were taken step by step, one step at a time. Thus came about not so much a plan being carried out, but an incredible meeting of minds, a consensus mind reading by a far-flung bureaucracy.} Is this really a comprehensible explanation? Key camps have all but vanished. So too the human remains. Material evidence is astonishingly absent. The alleged gassing procedure has serious, unanswered questions. And the famous six million number has an amazing history. Revisionists claim that the public has been seriously misled by traditional historians. Are they right? IF WE COULD BE MISTAKEN ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST,WHAT ELSE COULD WE BE WRONG ABOUT? --World War Two Books

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My goal is to remedy this shortcoming. I intend to present an objective, impartial look at this debate. I will discuss the latest and strongest arguments on both sides, examine the replies, and offer an unbiased assessment. This is a challenging task, to say the least, but I believe that I am reasonably well suited for it. Unlike the vast majority of writers on the Holocaust, I am not Jewish either by religion or ethnicity; nor are any of my family members. I am not of German descent. No one in my immediate family suffered or died in World War II. I am neither Muslim nor fundamentalist Christian, so I have no religious bias. My background is as a scholar and academic, having taught humanities at a prominent American university for several years now. I have a long-standing interest in World War II, and in the present conflict in the Middle East. In the end, whether I have succeeded in offering an objective analysis of this debate will be for the reader to judge.

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302 of 369 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Morgan on April 6, 2009
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As a skeptic of both sides of the Holocaust debate - was there or wasn't there, and if there wasn't, then what? - I've long hoped for a book that would shed light where there was only heat. DEBATING THE HOLOCAUST comes as close as I can hope for, and it is a remarkable accomplishment.

Rather than writing a review longer than the book itself, I'll just first note that with Thomas Dalton's book, the biggest single problem has finally been addressed, That It Has Been Impossible To Grasp The Big Picture Of The Holocaust Because Of The Incoherence Of The Story. The goals of Nazi policy, the means by which it was ordered and carried out, major events and where they happened (nobody really knows where the burial and cremation grounds of Chelmno are), the technical challenges that would come with a mass extermination effort, even something as basic as the death totals; nothing about the Holocaust story is consistent from one source to another. Over the decades figures, testimonies and documents have been exaggerated, reduced, misrepresented, changed or even disappeared, and in many cases with the obvious goal of keeping certain details a mystery so that awkward questions don't come up (Saul Friedländer - I'm talking to you!). When Dalton writes that he found "...a Holocaust story in tatters..." he simply states the truth, and it is easy to see why two important historians, Michel De Bouard and Jean-Claude Pressac, remarked that the historical record of the Holocaust is "rotten".

To deal with this, Dalton introduces a remarkable (and easy!) analytic tool which he calls the death matrix, a technique that combines various tables into a single analytic field that clearly demonstrates the properties of any account of the six alleged extermination camps.
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141 of 172 people found the following review helpful By cdaves2 on October 19, 2009
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As a scientist I believe strongly that all apparent 'truths' should be open to scrutiny and debate. The Holocaust seems to be exempt from this and 'facts' cannot be discussed or disputed openly. The suppression of discussion and imprisonment of people with different opinions, burning of their books and personal attacks goes against all the principles of free speech. For many people, the Holocaust is now a religion and questioning any aspects of this is like trying to question the nature of Jesus or the life of Mohammed pbuh.

Thomas Dalton tries to discuss both sides in a balanced way and although I find his tables pure speculation, he does succeed in looking at disputed 'facts' and clearly challenges Traditionalist and Revisionist to engage in an open, intellectual debate. It was a surprise to me to see how much both sides have in common and to label people who ask pertinent questions as Holocaust Deniers, Anti-semites and other names does not enhance the search for truth. The refusal of Traditionalists to debate is surprising and only lends strength to the Revisionists challenges.

Dalton seems, more often than not, to support the Revisionists case - perhaps he is deep-down a revisionist or feels that their case is worthwhile, I don't know.

Having read this book I now have a more open-mind about what I have always been told and accept that there may be areas of the Holocaust that need to be re-examined.

A recommended book for open-minded, intelligent people, but it will cause offence who believe that the facts of the Holocaust are written in stone.
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93 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Kameelyun on January 31, 2010
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This book reminds me in many ways of David Ray Griffin's 9/11 books: Dispassionate, thoroughly researched, extensive footnotes and bibliography, and at the same time, extremely lucid and easy to understand. It serves as the perfect introduction to this controversy.

Up until the past year or so, I had assumed that every major tenet of the traditional Holocaust narrative was problem free; that there was no need to question on any level. Without thinking, I allowed myself passively accept the line that "holocaust deniers" are neo-Nazi, Hitler apologists engaging in the most egregious form of pseudoscholarship. But as I strolled the internet, particularly in the midst of doing 9/11 research (among other research), I was noticing an inter-site trend: Very educated, articulate, credible people who posted excellent stuff on other subjects, and some of whom were graduates of places like Harvard, were saying things like "The Official Holocaust Story doesn't add up." My first defensive reaction was to think, "Oh gee, has 9/11 truth opened your mind up so much that you now just assume each historical event to be a lie?" But I couldn't shake off the fact that the number of people questioning the details of the Holocaust on the internet was growing.

The one thing in the book I'm a bit puzzled over is Dalton's dismissal of Jewish revisionist David Cole as an "agitator." In the first chapter, Dalton breaks down the well known revisionists into two categories: 'agitators' and 'academics,' and he describes 'agitators' as people who seem more preoccupied with promoting their own work than in actually getting to the bottom of the truth. I find it very strange that Dalton would put Cole in this category.
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