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Debating the Holocaust: A New Look At Both Sides Perfect Paperback – March 20, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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It was an eye opener. If it is true we are being lied to by the authorities, especially the BBC.Published 4 months ago by Sigrun Moseley
Thomas Dalton PhD doesn't exist,so the 'author'isn't honest to begin with.Whoever the author is,he is a rabid Jew hater.Don't waste your time.Published 8 months ago by leonard
Everyone needs to read this book, dispense with the Holocaust hype and get impartial FACTS. Both sides will find things they may not agree with.Published 8 months ago by bierkrug
This appears to be an excellent examination of the issues involved and an excellent presentation of the many factual misrepresentations about these issues. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fred Farkle
It may sound strange, but to me, chapter 12 by itself is well worth the price of this book.Published 9 months ago by R. J. Rogers
An objective review of both sides of the debate. For a good introduction to the subject, I can recommend Peter Winter's The Six Million: Fact or Fiction... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Save your money, instead of buying this book just spend an afternoon on Youtube browsing through the nonsense spouted in the comments section by neo nazi sympathizers or Jew... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Arthur Crump