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Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? Updated and Expanded Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Denying History is a courageous and accessible study of "a looking-glass world where black is white, up is down, and the normal rules of reason no longer apply." Authors Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the conferences, literature, and Web culture of Holocaust deniers; they have engaged the pseudo-historians in debate; and they have visited the concentration camps in Europe to investigate the truth of what happened there. Denying History presents Shermer and Grobman's findings. The book refutes, in detail, the Holocaust deniers' claims, and it demonstrates conclusively that the Holocaust did happen.It also explores the fundamental historical issue in all debates over the truth of the Holocaust: the question of "how we know that any past event happened." Thus, Denying History is a doubly useful book; it sets the record straight on one of history's most terrible events, and it instructs readers in the scientific, logical, and historiographical principles that can help us make wise judgments about history on our own. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Holocaust denialAback in the news since the British courts shot down David Irving's libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt (for her groundbreaking book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory) in AprilAgets an inventively thorough treatment in this important book. Keeping their focus on larger questions about historical rigor and public memory, Shermer (a professor of the history of science at Occidental College and publisher of Skeptic magazine) and Grobman (Rekindling the Flame) look closely at the methods employed by deniers and those used by legitimate historians. "Holocaust denial," they argue, "is not just a Jewish issue. It is an attack on all history and the way we transmit the past to the future." Drawing on a wide array of evidenceAinterviews they conducted with famous deniers (including Irving himself) and text from their Web sites and literatureAthe authors explore the difference between legitimate historical revisionism and pseudohistorical denial. They note that historians interested in revising accepted knowledge depend on a wide variety of sources to draw a picture of an event or periodAif some of that evidence is contradictory, then respectful scholarly debate ensues; if new evidence surfaces, then the historical record gets revised. Deniers, on the contrary, use the barest of evidenceAone contradiction, for exampleAto discount entire arguments; meanwhile, they bolster their own arguments with out-of-context phrases and mistranslations. Using the deniers' own words to tear down their arguments, Shermer and Grobman provide a clear method for determining the reality of past events and supply a powerful weapon for anyone who cares about learning from the credible historical record. 42 b&w photos. (June)
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Shermer offers a very fair and accurate assesment of the claims of the so-called Revisionists, then proceeds to refute them. He references many documents, went to the camps, and conducted many interviews: he got to know the leading revisionists in person. Thus, he gets into primary sources, which earns my respect. He offers a very strong if not water tight argument that the Holocaust has not been exaggerated. He explains his theory of a "convergence of evidence", which explains that, just as there's no smoking gun to prove evolution, many different facts, from many different sources, lead to conclusions such as evolution and the Holocaust both happened.
While this book does play a useful part in refuting some of the disgusting revisionist arguments circulating, I think this book plays down the holocaust of non-Jews. The Nazis did not JUST liquidate the Jews, but Gypsies, and Slavs (for racial reasons), "Aryan" objectors and dissidents and the physically and mentally disabled. To say it was just directed at the Jews is misleading, and as dangerous. Yet this is the tendency. To also use it as a justification of the worse acts towards the Palestinians is also dangerous. It is certain true that the Jews bore the brunt but not that they were the only ones.
Perhaps the most dangerous form of holocaust denial is that which states that only the Nazi extermination of Jews was holocaust and nothing else. (At Auschwitz for example Romany/Gypsy survivors and their families have been excluded from commemorating their own dead in annual ceremonies. Such stories are heartbreaking in themselves)
Thankfully this book does not advocate this, but this idea has attained more academic respectability than classic holocaust denial against Jews. Not only does this deny the other sufferings of Jews, but it also belittles and DENIES the fact that many other peoples such as Tibetans, Armenians, Amerindians etc have all suffered genocide. All of these events are wrong, no matter who they happened to.
So in remembering the horrors of the past, we must exclude no parts.
Highly recommended is "Rise of the Nazi Party" ... EXCERPT from the movie: "This is the story of how Hitler and the Nazis bent an entire people to their will and groomed them into participation in the most evil regime in history."
Excellent in-depth DVD documentary detailing through the voices of a number of historians how Hitler lured the WWII German people into adoring him, glorifying him and following him into the most evil and criminal regime in history.
Most WWII Germans did, indeed, enthusiastically support Hitler's Nazi regime.
There are 7-10 internationally recognized and respected historians narrating this documentary who are experts on WWII history.
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