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The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering Paperback – October 17, 2001
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“Finkelstein’s downright pugilistic book delivers a wallop.” LA Weekly
“The most explosive book of the year.” The Guardian
“A lucid, provocative and passionate book.” New Statesman
“His basic argument that memories of the Holocaust are being debased is serious and should be given its due.” The Economist
“[S]cathing in his denunciation of the institutions and individuals who have cropped up around the issue of reparations.” New York Press
“Finkelstein has raised some important and uncomfortable issues.” The Jewish Quarterly --Larry Petersen
I have read many books on the Holocaust and had a growing personal discomfort about the manner in which the non-Jewish element was increasingly marginalised (I must admit that I had a similar feeling when I started learning about the numbers of Asian non-POWS who had been killed in building the Death Railway in Burma in WWII, a feature that is ignored in most books of that event). This feeling was added to when I visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Now in this book I have some basis for understanding my discomfort though for reasons I had not envisaged. Finkelstein's book delivers a very hard hitting analysis of how the Holocaust has been increasingly suborned to a mixture of Jewish American political and religious personal interests and the Israeli pursuit of garnering US support post the 1967 Six Days War, covering key events up to the current day. At times he has a very personal and edgy emotional style in dealing with counter arguments but given the personal abuse and attacks he has suffered from such groups, this adds to the drama of the story he tells. His analysis of the abuses engineered under the Swiss "Nazi Gold" claims alone is worth the price of this book in my mind. Read and you will not be unmoved even if you disagree certain points --By Siriam
Until comparatively recently, I implicitly accepted the image of the holocaust and its victims that was presented by the mass media. Then, a year ago, I read the Penguin Book of Twentieth-century Speeches, in particular some of what Elie Weisel had to say about the holocaust. It was clearly exaggerated, sentimentalist nonsense. I began to think a little more independently about the issue, but had nowhere to turn for a more balanced view. One day, Amazon's recommendations system suggested this book to me, and I bought it at once. Having read it, I'm delighted to be able to recommend it unreservedly as exactly the book I needed. Finkelstein does not deny the Nazi holocaust, nor the suffering it inflicted on both those it killed, and on those who survived. His contention - persuasively argued - is that their genuine suffering is being debased and abused by the Holocaust "industry" in order to bring political power and huge sums of money to an élite minority. He also points out that by labelling the Holocaust with false superlatives, one belittles the plight of others who have suffered comparably awful genocide and victimisation, both in World War II and throughout history. The book is well written. Finkelstein occasionally personalises the debate, or becomes less than dispassionate, but I never once felt this damaged his objectivity. He quotes sources throughout the book - in many cases his opponents are condemned by their own tongues. It is time the media stopped pandering to the abusive interests of the Holocaust Industry, time they took a more balanced, more critical and less sensationalist view. Billions of dollars are being extorted from governments (even those that can hardly afford it, such as Poland's) by the playing of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism cards. This is unjust. Buy this book. Read it. Tell your friends about it. --By Clive Jones
About the Author
Norman G. Finkelstein is the author of A Nation on Trial (with Ruth Bettina Birn), named a notable book for 1998 by the New York Times Book Review, and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.
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The book is quite informative, though it's lost some relevance since it's been written (perhaps due to its success?). If you want to know about how people exploited the memory of the Holocaust, this is the book for you. Finkelstein is very thorough. This isn't as big a deal today as it may have been in the nineties and the early millennial decade, but information is information. If you want it, take it.
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