- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (July 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780452272743
- ISBN-13: 978-0452272743
- ASIN: 0452272742
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory Paperback – July 1, 1994
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“Important and impassioned… A comprehensive account of Holocaust denial, particularly from an American perspective and particularly for the reader with little prior knowledge of the subject. It rigorously traces the movement's roots and development both in this country and abroad, describes the ways the deniers have managed to focus attention on their arguments in both educational institutions and the news media, and explores the susceptibility of Americans, as well as others, to their arguments.”—Walter Reich, New York Times
“Lipstadt, who has been sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving, was the first to call attention to the rapidly expanding movement to deny that the Holocaust ever took place. In this groundbreaking analysis, she profiles the deniers and explains their viewpoints and exposes the rabid anti-Semitism at the heart of Holocaust denial and the very serious threat it poses.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist
About the Author
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is the author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (a National Jewish Book Award winner); Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory; and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933–1945. She lives in Atlanta.
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Lipstadt gives enough attention to the deniers' arguments that anyone who believes in or wants to refute that stuff would do well to read this book. She refutes some of the main arguments and shows the lack of qualifications and credibility of some of the characters involved in Holocaust denial, such as Fred Leuchter.
She has some interesting things to say about why people deny the Holocaust, such as the sheer unbelievability and horror of it. Worth quoting:
"Rationally one would like to assume that, since Leuchter has been exposed as a man without the qualificatons necessary to perform this analysis[of the gas chambers], and since his work has been demonstrated to be scientifically and methodologically fallacious, the destiny of the Leuchter Report would be the dustbin of history. But the Holocaust and, to only a slightly lesser degree, Holocaust denial itself remind us that the irrational has a fatal attraction even to people of goodwill. It can overwhelm masses of evidence and persuade people to regard the most outrageous and untenable notions as fact."p. 181.
I have a few minor quibble with Lipstadt. For example, she says that the University of London has no record of Richard Harwood as either a member of the staff or student body. In Harwood's tract, Did Six Million Really Die, it says he is "with the University of London," but it also clearly states that Richard Harwood is a pseudonym, so of course that university would have no record of him.
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.