- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Verso; Second Edition edition (September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185984488X
- ISBN-13: 978-1859844885
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 203 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Finkelstein, through very methodical research and persuasive logic shows how the memory of the Holocaust was turned into generating money to support causes of Israel after 1967. He argues that American Jews were largely indifferent to Israel before 1967 and suggests that the trade in the memory of the Holocaust was used to offset the newly found strength of Israel, a way to counter balance the image of the Jews as oppressors, or as an occupying army.
Finkelstein paints a picture of the memory of the Holocaust used to extract huge sums of money from various parties; he went into great detail covering the settlement between Swiss Banks and Jewish organizations on behalf of the Holocaust survivors. The picture painted by Finkelstein is indeed ugly fully of conspiracy, black mail and abuse of the public.
Overall The Holocaust Industry offers a very grim view of mainstream Jewish American organizations; it paints an ugly picture of propaganda and manipulation of facts, numbers and emotions.
Whenever I read books that offer a conspiratorial view of events I feel the need to read an alternate view, so far I have not found a balanced rebuttal to Finkelstein ...
It is a well detailed book. I am glad to see it written by the son of Holocaust survivors for two reasons. First of all, Finkelstein cannot be accused of anti-Semitism. Secondly, he has an entrée that other writers might not enjoy. An extremely interesting book for a Gentile to read. One must always stand in awe of Jewish intelligence, but Jewish ethics are another question. Finkelstein calls this one right.