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Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  308 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat. Yet there are those who insist that the death of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps is nothing but a hoax perpetrated by a powerful Zionist conspiracy. Sixty years ago, such notions were the province of pseudohistorians who argued that Hitler never meant to kill the Jew ...more
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Published December 18th 2012 by Free Press (first published 1993)
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Paul Bryant
From The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi. The Nazi addresses the Jew:

However this war may end, we have won the war against you. None of you will be left to bear witness, but even if someone were to survive, the world would not believe him. There will be perhaps suspicions, discussions, research by historians, but there will be no certainties, because we will destroy the evidence together with you. And even if some proof should remain and some of you survive, people will say that the events y
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Lobstergirl
Mar 22, 2015 Lobstergirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jessica Tandy
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Ian Buruma

Deborah Lipstadt prefaces her exploration of Holocaust deniers with an important explanation of why she went ahead with the book, despite her reluctance to engage with deniers on any level. She had been asked to appear on several TV programs with Holocaust deniers, which she adamantly refused to do, knowing that there's nothing the deniers desire more than to be put on the same playing field with established historians, experts, and people telling the truth. If the deniers can portray their clai
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Tyler
Feb 03, 2011 Tyler rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: non-fiction
One of the interesting points Liptadt makes in this book is not so much the nature of Holocaust denial itself, but the inability of the media and public to distinguish between a debatable issue and one that lies beyond the parameters of reasoned discussion. This deficiency has worsened since the book first appeared in the early nineties.

The book is partly a history of the denial movement and the five or six men who got it going.. The pattern of denial Liptstadt traces shows the increasing sophi
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Damaskcat
I first became aware some years ago that there are people who do not believe the Holocaust happened and ever since I have been meaning to read this book. It is fascinating and frightening reading and will make most people reconsider their stance on free speech. The author has a low key style of writing which makes what she has to say all the more impressive. It would be so easy to rant about people who seem to ignore facts in their attempts to rewrite history.

Holocaust denial it seems has been a
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Jeff
This is an excellent expose of the universities that give voice to the Holocaust-deniers based on arguments of "free speech." We must start with the proposition that freedom of speech cannot be abridged, but the U.S. Constitution does not require me to listen, nor does it require the university to provide a forum for the exercise of that free speech. Second, these same universities expel scientists who do research in intelligent design, they try to limit the free speech of those who have the rel ...more
Shane
This was a difficult book to rate. The prose is wonderful, it is brilliantly researched and written, and the work is forceful and will be incredibly useful in discourse with the growing Holocaust denial community. On the other hand, it focuses in too deeply on a few authors and makes some of it too involved in the various claims made by deniers generations ago. At the same time, it was written twenty years ago and the discourse and place of denial has changed quite a bit, and the author of the b ...more
Chris
People are stupid. Sometimes you don't realize how stupid, though in a free culture, you can quickly realize how stupid.

At times a little dry, Lipstadt's book discusses the history of Holocaust Denial as well as the tactics that such deniers use. She also illustrates the difference between the right to say anything and the fact that no one needs to publish it.
Michael
May 09, 2010 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historians, history students, deniers
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Deborah Lipstadt is an amazing woman, who has taken on a thankless task - that of explaining to the public why historians don't need to give "equal time" to the "other side" of the discussion about the Holocaust. Put simply, it is because deniers of the Holocaust aren't engaging in history, they are distorting it, and any direct answer to their charges in turn legitimizes their lies. This book elaborates that answer in great detail, by demonstrating the fallacies of denial and exposing its true ...more
Ira Therebel
Several months ago I have stumbled upon the biggest White Nationalism site in the internet. One of their agendas besides wanting to separate "white nations" from people of other races is the denial of Holocaust and claiming that it is all a conspiracy by the evil Jews who apparently control the world. I have heard about deniers before but never really got in touch with them. From that day I have visited this site almost on a daily basis trying to understand their reasoning and even tried to part ...more
Charles
There was a lot of good info in here, but Lipstadt falls into the trap repeatedly throughout the book of making ad hominem attacks against all Holocaust deniers, a claim which, ironically enough, she constantly accuses the very same deniers of doing. Yes, a lot (and maybe even most) Holocaust deniers are white supremacists who hate Jews, but that doesn't mean this discussion can't be engaged with an academic tone and intellectual honesty. She compares Holocaust deniers to Flat Earthers, which is ...more
Mark B. Epstein
A brilliant book on the patterns, obfuscation and absurdities of the tactics used by Holocaust deniers and the real motives behind their claims. A must read by anyone who has ever heard a denier's allegation and not known immediately how to respond. Lipstadt's writing is brilliant, thoroughly researched and easy to read. It would be amusing if it weren't scary. I look forward to reading the follow up to this book -- History on Trial, where David Irving sued Lipstadt in British Courts and Lipstad ...more
Jim
amazing.

this book answers the question of the 6 million and the reliability of Anne Frank.
this needs to be read and on people's shelves.
textbook to defeat holocaust deniers, dobson advocates and global warming deniers.
so i've edited this a bit, w/out meaning to i'd implied dobson advocates holocaust denial, i don't know if he does or does't. the "young earthers" and "intelligent design" fans (and global warming deniers) use the techniques that holocaust deniers use/taught them, half - truths, l
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Greg
Interesting and informative, though to me she comes across as a little petulant in the section discussing an incident in which one of the denialist organisations managed to get an advert in several college newspapers. I was a little surprised to learn that historically, not all denial was primarily motivated by anti-semitism (though of course, it is impossible to hold such views without also holding anti-semitic ones), and that some of the early deniers were more anti-America, anti-britain or wa ...more
Grasped in Thought
Lipstadt does an amazing job of exposing the flawed logic which is holocaust denial. This brilliant polemic is spot on with its critiques of not only the deniers themselves, but the abhorrent amount of exposure and legitimation given to these people by media outlets throughout the world.
Satia
Sep 10, 2008 Satia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history, WWII, Holocaust, Judaism, Nazism, free speech
Not light reading. It took me a while to get through mostly because I had to keep walking away from it. For more thoughts on this book:

http://satia.blogspot.com/2008/09/den...
David
Interesting book about Mrs. Lipstadt's libel suit with David Irving. I expected to book to cover more facts about the Holocaust and denialism related to it, so I was a little disappointed.
Pippa
This was a very timely book, as at least one writer was trying to make out that the holocaust hadn't happened. A cogent, well written account of the reality that, tragically, did.
Kevin Gardner
Very good, this along with the PBS show "Holocaust on Trial" puts things in perspective on how deniers work and their real intentions.
Paul Warner
A factual book of research and insight letting you know for certain that Holocaust deniers are full of crap. It happened.
Stephanie
This is a fantastic review of who, why, and what the Holocaust Deniers are. Liars.
Antony
A tour de force. A classic and seminal response to bunk "history".
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Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies (1993), Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion. Lipstadt's book, The Eichmann Trial, published by Schocken/Nextbook Series in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, was called by Publisher’s Weekly, “a penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its ...more
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