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The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering

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Controversial indictment of those who exploit the tragedy of the Holocaust for their own gain.

In an iconoclastic and controversial study, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an interrogation of the place the Holocaust has come to occupy in American culture to a disturbing examination of recent Holocaust compensation agreements. It was not until the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, w
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Paperback, Second Edition, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Verso (first published January 1st 2000)
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Charbel Only in one sentence in the conclusion. The book is mainly about the exploitation of the Holocaust to obtain compensations that went only to a…moreOnly in one sentence in the conclusion. The book is mainly about the exploitation of the Holocaust to obtain compensations that went only to a selected few and of which very little went to actual survivors. (less)

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هذا الكتاب صادم بالنسبة وليس بصادم. صادم من ناحية الحقيقة التي حملها موضوعه، وليس بصادم حيث إستمرارية طغيان وجبروت والظلم الأمريكي.
The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering
أول مرة عرفت فيها فينكلشتاين عندما قرأت له كتابه رحلة أميركي يهودي بحثًا عن الحقيقة وهالني أن اقرأ ليهودي كان مقدر لوالديه النجاة من الحرب العالمية الثانية وكذلك من النازية. رغم يهودية المؤلف وتضرره أسرته من أثر النازية خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية (1938 – 1945م) ويذكر بعد سرده أو خلال سرده لمع
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Sue
May 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a book. I had this book for a few months and, after seeing the author on a documentary about the Holocaust, bumped the book to the top of my To Read pile.

This work discusses the Nazi holocaust (the historical event) and how the Holocaust (capital H) was created after Arab-Israeli War in 1967. Finkelstein describes how organizations representing victims of Nazi brutality use tactics similar to those the Nazis used to get money from businesses, countries, and other groups that have any c
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Clif
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Norman Finkelstein is a phenomenon.

He enrages people but he never speaks falsehoods. Backing up his words with copious footnotes referencing the facts upon which he makes his statements, he marches like Sherman through Georgia, laying low everything in his path. All dissemblers must flee before him because there is no rebuttal to the truth.

He is the same in his public appearances, citing the works of the person he debates to turn that person's own words back upon him.

This logical, relentless, dr
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Abdulaziz Fagih
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Holocaust Industry

By Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein

للنسخة العربية من التقيم أدخل الرابط

http://mt-awf.blogspot.com/2011/09/bl...


I'll divide my review into sections so you can skip what you don't want to read in this review:


a) About the writer:

the first time I heard about Norman was 6 moth ago I was watching a clip where he was arguing a point with TV program host who had the same opinion as me after watching the clip I was amazed and fascinated with the compelling argument of Dr. Finkelstein
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Mohammad Ali
* محتوای کتاب و میراثش برای خواننده

به نظرم کتابی است خواندنی درباره ی استفاده ی اقتصادی از هولوکاست؛ درباره ی اینکه چگونه برخی افراد و سازمان ها برای منفعت فردی و برای پیاده کردن نظرات خود هولوکاست را به ابزاری برای جلب اعانه های مردمی از یک سو و ادعای خسارت های بین المللی از سوی دیگر بدل کرده اند

مچ گیری های کتاب از این و اون هرچند جالبن اما طبعا نتایج قابل تعمیمی بدست نمی دن. اون مطالبی که به نظرم ماندنی تر و تفکربرانگیزتر به نظر می رسن اینها هستند: الف) اینکه چگونه برنامه ها و سازمان های به اص
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Kaelan (Κάϊλαν)
***** Uncomfortable Reading *****

Has anyone read Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments? Or The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski? Did you like those books? Did you find yourself affected by either of them? Perhaps they're on your favourite book shelf right now?

If any of the above is true for you, then I would advise you pick this book up. The validity of these authors and their work is the tip of the iceberg in what The Holocaust Industry targets within its conseicse 171 pages.

I've been listening to
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Charbel
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Norman Finkelstein is the son of two Holocaust survivors. He is vocal against Israel's crimes against Palestinians, and is strongly opposed to using one of the worst tragedies in history to justify genocide. His willingness to speak the truth without mitigation has put him in many difficult situations; even leading him to lose his job as a university professor.

The Holocaust Industry, however, deals with a different subject. In it, Finkelstein discusses how the nazi holocaust was used to service
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Krzysztof
When you start a book like this, you sort of go, "Jeeze, I almost hope I don't like it," because you know if you do, you're going to have to explain yourself. And, confound it, I liked it.

I want to conflate a couple of the points from the letters section of this book with an anecdote of my own:

In 2005, while I was living in China, the whole of China became incensed at yet another inaccurate history textbook published in Japan. The text described the Nanjing Massacre (a.k.a. The Rape of Nanking)
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Maha
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ما الذي حصل فجأة لكي يفتح موضوع الهولوكوست؟ لماذا لا يخلوا منهج تعليمي في أوروبا من دروس عن الهولوكوست وان فرانك، وأفلام عن الهولوكست.
ما السبب وراء الكم الهائل من الأفلام والكتب التي تنتتج كل سنة عن الهولوكست، وكأنه الكارثة الوحيدة التي حل بالعالم.
هنا ، نحن لسنا بصدد مناقشة حقيقة الهولوكست وأعداد من ماتوا، وأظن من المهين تبرأة نظام نازي والقول ان الهولوكست لم يحصل نهائيًا، ولكن النظام النازي كان ضد المعاق واليهودي، والعربي، فهو يريد السيادة لجنس معين، وهنا نحن بصدد الداروينية الإجتماعية التي لا
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Cwn_annwn_13
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Holocaust Industry exposes the reparations scam where Billionaire Jews and The World Jewish Congress basicly publicly blackmailed the Swiss and Germans in the name of helping Jews who were allegedly victimized during WW2 and pocketed the Lions share of the shake down for themselves. It also makes the point that what went on in concentration camps during WW2 was never politicized or used as propaganda until the late 60s at the earliest. Simon Weisenthal is also shown to be a fraudster to the ...more
Syed Zulfaqar
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everybody loves conspiracy theory. This book seems like one huh? Yes, this book fell on same heavy criticism (just look at the title) on promoting a conspiracy theory. But if you want to make sense of the theories, with footnotes and citations, proofs and facts, this book surely deserve a treat. For a clarification, in this book the author used two different terms, Nazi holocaust and The Holocaust. Nazi holocaust referring to the historical event and The Holocaust refer to its capitalization lat ...more
Mr.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Unlike the precision of research that his characteristic of Norman Finkelstein when it comes to the issue of the Israel-Palestine conflict, 'The Holocaust Industry' is a disorganized and ultimately spotty work of political science.

Finkelstein's aim is to present an "anatomy and an indictment of the Holocaust industry," meaning the subsequent exploitation of the historical tragedy that was the Holocaust for political and financial ends. The book is composed of three basic sections, 'Capitalizing
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Jeremy
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I admire Finkelstein's intent in this book. He's trying to show how the various foundations and institutions which now claim to represent the Holocaust and its victims have become self-serving profit centers, using historical guilt as a way of filling their own coffers first and foremost. (That human institutions tend to perpetuate themselves by hook or crook is a conclusion that shouldn't shock most people at this point in history, but maybe I'm just too cynical).

That being said, this is kind o
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Dean Dalton
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finkelstein argues that the Holocaust has been cynically used by Jewish organizations and elites for political and economic benefits, often at the expense of actual Holocaust Survivors. His style is not for everyone but I have to say I found it witty and sometimes quite funny. Finkelstein bravely challenges the status-quo and provides extensive sources for his controversial, but important study.
Osman Ali
نورمان فنكلستين
أب وأم يهود ناجين من معسكرات النازي وهم صغار, اسرة الاب والام كلاهما قضى في تلك المعسكرات, المنطق يقول سيخرج هذا الطفل من تلك الاسرة مشوه وكاره للعالم بعدما حكى له والداه ما شاهداه وقاسياه ويقول ان تلك الام ستغذيه على الكراهية ولكن صدق او لا تصدق ما حدث هو العكس وللمزيد عن حياة نورمان شاهد هذا الوثائقي "وثائقي _ نورمان فنكلستين يهودى ضد التيار الجزء الاول / الثاني"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbMNS...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQIbo...

وابدأ الحديث عن الكتاب بأجمل ما جاء ف
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Anthony
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love dissidents. I consider it virtuous to state your opinion without regard as to whether it is safe or legal to do so. Technically in the United States and some other countries (not including Australia) your freedom to speak is legally protected. However dissidents can lose their jobs / damage their careers, be threatened, harassed, sued, shunned and subjected to travel bans. I consider none of these to be legitimate tactics for dealing with those one disagrees with, even if they are all leg ...more
Alyazi
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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نورمان فلنكستين في كتابه يحاول بتحليل سياسي ونقدي مدهش للأحداث بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية وبعد حرب حزيران ، توضيح أو فهم كيف أُسهمت وأُستغلت المحرقة اليهودية النازية “ الهولوكوست ” للمصالح السياسية لبناء إسرائيل و كسب التعاطف العالمي مع اليهود . ينقسم الكتاب في فصولٍ ثلاث ، تحدثَ الفصل الأول منه عن تحويل الهولوكوست النازية إلى هولوكوست ترسخ و تذكر بالمحرقة كمأساة تُبرر لليهود أفعاله الشنيعة على الأراضي الفلسطينية . وأَوضح بكثير من الدلائل إختفاء ذكر الهولوكوست عن الوعي الجمعي لليهود أنفسهم بعد ا ...more
Jennifer Abdo
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
He asks the questions and theorizes in a way no Gentile is allowed to. When non-Jews question the number killed, talk about non-Jews dying in the Holocaust, compare it to other historical events, question Israel, wonder if the Holocaust has been used for ill gotten gain, etc, they are called Holocaust deniers and anti-Semitic.

I'm glad Finkelstein has dared to tackle these tough topics. He's a lightening rod, but at least the ideas are out there for us to discuss, agree and disagree with.
Haryo wicaksono
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Seperti halnya kaum Yahudi Israel yg membenci kaum muslim , Saya juga membenci mereka...
Dari cerita sejarah, Holocaust kemudian lahir menjadi ‘indutri politik’ dan menjadi pemeras dolar. Norman G. Finkelstein, membongkar faktanya dengan begitu bagus.

Selain Presiden Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, belum pernah ada tokoh di dunia yang berani secara terang-terangan mengatakan keberadaan holocaust hanya sekedar mitos. Sebab, bagi banyak orang, khususnya di Barat dan Eropa, menolak keyakinan keberadaan Hol
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Kraychik
Oct 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
The only value to the book is its coverage of exploitation by certain individuals and groups of real Holocaust and WWII victims for self-enrichment. Specifically, law firms and lawyers that took arguably excessive portions of damages awarded to victims. There's something quite distasteful about it.

The rest of the book, however, is simply an attempt to slander Zionism. Bear in mind that Finkelstein is an open communist, and he has stated that he doesn't "believe in states". His excuse for focusin
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Ahmed Daabel
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thrust of Professor Finkelstein's book is that powerful interests (Israel and Jewish organizations in America) have hijacked what has become known as the holocaust. And while Israel has exploited the holocaust as a weapon to deflect criticism, regardless how justified, American Jewish organizations have used the plight of supposedly needy survivors to extort staggering sums of money from the rest of the world. This was done not for the benefit of survivors, but for the financial advantage of ...more
Mikkel Demon
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Norman, seorang Yahudi yang selamat dari pembantaian Nazi pada zaman PD 2 dulu, mengulas tentang kebobrokan dan ketidakmoralan dari bangsanya sendiri soal holocaust.

Ada kelompok-kelompok Yahudi yang bekerja sama dengan pihak Amerika, yang berkepentingan, melakukan pemerasan terhadap negara-negara kaya seperti Swiss, Jerman dll. Mereka mengatasnamakan penderitaan warga Yahudi yang menjadi korban dari Holocaust tersebut. Mereka sangat kotor di dalam memainkan kepentingan trsbt. padahal dikatakan o
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Mehdi
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked up Mr. Finkelstein's book because it is deeply divisive, with some admonishing the author as "paranoid", "fanatical" (Omer Bartov, Israeli military historian) and an "obvious crackpot" (Gabriel Schoenfeld), while others lauded it as "the most intelligent political critic in the US". You will likely find that the former have Alan Dershowitz's "Case for Israel" proudly sitting on their bookhself, while the latter likely oppose Zionism in all its forms. Being neither, I approached this boo ...more
Ahmad Hossam
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
من أين أبدأ؟ أليس هناك قاع لانحطاط بعض البشر وتجارتهم بالمآسي للتربح من ورائها؟
هل وجدت في التاريخ امبراطورية أحقر من الولايات المتحدة؟

يعرض نورمان فنكلشتاين، اليهودي لأبوين من الناجين من محارق النازيين، في هذا الكتاب لما يدعى "صناعة الهولوكوست" التي جعلت من مأساة شملت اليهود والغجر والمعاقين صناعة رائجة تدر عشرات المليارات على بضعة أفراد ومؤسسات في الولايات المتحدة والكيان الصهيوني.
لماذا يدفع العالم تعويضات طائلة لضحايا المحارق النازية؟ ولماذا توجد متاحف تخلدها في 17 ولاية أمريكية، ومخصصات مالية
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Abby
Apr 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mainly other Jews, but anyone who knows anything about Jews, the Holocaust, or Israel
Shelves: non-fiction
Norm Finkelstein thoroughly documented a phenomenon that has been nagging at me for a while now, which is the exploitation of the history of persecution of the Jews. As the oldest grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I have never questioned the horrors that my grandparents experienced. What Professor Finkelstein documents is how this horror has been used as a muzzle and a tool, in ways more extreme than I had even realized.

When I began advocating for human rights in Israel and Palestine, I realiz
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Simon
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel like I went into this book supporting some of the key arguments put forward by Finkelstein. For example, I find it difficult to argue against the idea that the Holocaust or Holocaust 'guilt' is often used as an ideological tool.

However, I found his writing oddly unconvincing. While I do not have in depth knowledge of Elie Wiesel, I found it hard to take Finkelstein seriously when large parts of this text seem to read as a personal vendetta against him. Im sure that Wiesel had his faults b
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Ricky
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
this was a very interesting read and definitely gave me a new perspective on Jewish "conflict" and the history of the Holocaust. it is amazing how rich (and by rich, I mean billionaires) that many prominent Jews at the top of the WJC have made out like bandits suing everyone under the sun for the tragedies that happened at Auschwitz and other locals. yes, you obviously sympathize with what happened in the past, but when you realize where the money is coming from (taxpayers and peasants from Pola ...more
M. Özgür
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap, olayların nedenlerini en başından anlatıyor; İsrail'in kuruluşu, özellikle Amerika'nın İsrail'e karşı olan politikalarını, ADL ve AJC'nin tutumlarını, halkın tepkilerini olduğu gibi veriyor. Ortadoğu politikaları ile ilgilenen herkesin okuması gereken bir inceleme kitabı.
Yazar, holokost mağdurları üzerinden kazanılan paraların nerelere harcandığı, mağdurların yine nasıl mağdur bırakıldığını, devletlerin ikiyüzlü politikalarını deşifre ediyor. Dünyanın her yerinde ve her zaman olduğu gibi
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Nurshafira Noh
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite
I find this book to be quite technical with a lot of factual evidences (which are needed) to explained how the Holocaust had been an exploitation. This book actually serves as one of ways for me while I suspend my judgment on Jewish matters.

After this, I plan to embark on Schlomo Sand's books on this matter to understand it more. This book does not undermine Holocaust but instead it questioned its too-superiority and 'uniqueness'.
Christine
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A completely different side to the Holocaust. Read it before you say anything else about the Holocaust to anyone. This book makes you feel guilty for basing your whole knowledge of the Holocaust on "Schindler's List". I give it five stars because it was informative about a subject that most Americans don't know much about.
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Goodreads Librari...: Title 2 19 Feb 15, 2015 06:32AM  
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“Manifest Destiny anticipated nearly all the ideological and programmatic elements of Hitler's Lebensraum policy. In fact, Hitler modeled his conquest of the East on the American conquest of the West.* During the first half of this century, a majority of American states enacted sterilization laws and tens of thousands of Americans were involuntarily sterilized. The Nazis explicitly invoked this US precedent when they enacted their own sterilization laws.'' The notorious 1935 Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of the franchise and forbade miscegenation between Jews and non-Jews. Blacks in the American South suffered the same legal disabilities and were the object of much greater spontaneous and sanctioned popular violence than the Jews in prewar Germany.
To highlight unfolding crimes abroad, the US often summons memories of The Holocaust. The more revealing point, however, is when the US invokes The Holocaust. Crimes of official enemies such as the Khmer Rouge bloodbath in Cambodia, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and Serbian ethnic cleansing in Kosovo recall The Holocaust; crimes in which the US is complicit do not.”
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“The shakedown of Switzerland and Germany has been only a prelude to the grand finale: the shakedown of Eastern Europe. With the collapse of the Soviet bloc, alluring prospects opened up in the former heartland of European Jewry. Cloaking itself in the sanctimonious mantle of “needy Holocaust victims,” the Holocaust industry has sought to extort billions of dollars from these already impoverished countries. Pursuing this end with reckless and ruthless abandon, it has become the main fomenter of anti-Semitism in Europe.” 0 likes
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