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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Belief. Though They Died, The Hatred Lives On.
This is an excellent, much needed book, which combats what is described as a moral and intellectual virus being used to attack the extremely well documented, factual record of the Holocaust in which over six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.
The book is extremely well written with both compassion and authority. It illustrates that despite the irrefutable...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shrill Zionism
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shrill Zionism, 23 Aug 2013
This review is from: Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (Paperback)
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 isn't a fair comparison since one topic deals with history and the other is science. Science deals in objectivity, observation, and theorizing. History is subjective and under constant revision, depending on the people writing it.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Belief. Though They Died, The Hatred Lives On., 13 Sep 2003
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This is an excellent, much needed book, which combats what is described as a moral and intellectual virus being used to attack the extremely well documented, factual record of the Holocaust in which over six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.
The book is extremely well written with both compassion and authority. It illustrates that despite the irrefutable evidence and clinical accuracy in which the Holocaust was meticulously documented and in which the genocide of the European Jews was pursued, there are still sources who would dispute that the Holocaust ever occurred or that it has been greatly exaggerated. An attitude which appears to increase in parallel with the present day's rising anti-Semitism.
It is made very clear in this book that very few historical events are as well documented as the Holocaust, yet few if any of these other events are questioned. Indeed, despite other genocides and slaughters having occurred throughout history, (with none having been as well documented as that of the Jews), none receive the denial and hostility afforded the Jewish Holocaust.
On page 22 the book cites a seeming "contradiction" where it outlines many instances where even the Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust actually admitted the crimes that they committed, whilst a growing group who were not even present at the time claim that the perpetrators were innocent.
The book citing neo-Nazis who once argued that the Holocaust, however horrible, was justified now content that the entire event was a hoax. The latter being more expedient to furthering their cause, where the book alleges attempts are made to "rehabilitate the persecutors and demonise the victims".
The book addresses the issue of how Holocaust deniers are often afforded near celebrity status and their views given unbelievable credibility with a ready platform frequently being provided for the proponents by many elements of the media under the banner of free speech.
Many Holocaust deniers are described as often using the guise of scholarship to camouflage their anti-Semitic ideology. With the increase of anti-Semitism the book contends that the average uninformed person will find it increasingly difficult to discern the true objectives of the Holocaust deniers, who use arguments carefully designed to take advantage of the vulnerability & fragility of memory, truthfulness and reason. Indeed a number of public surveys are quoted in the book which reveal an alarming ignorance amongst the public in relation to the Holocaust, despite the wealth of material and information available.
The contents of the work show that for the first 40 years after the Holocaust, there was a sort of protective "Teflon" against blatant anti-Semitic expression. Now, due to the process of Holocaust denial, that protective covering has become eroded and society has moved from where anti-Semitism was a crime, past where anti-Semitism was classed as distasteful, to it now simply being another opinion. Something which the book declares will increase as the number of Holocaust survivors become less and less as the years progress.
My only criticism of this book is that, amongst the many areas/avenues of Holocaust denial studied, no attention is made to the Holocaust denial amongst the Arab nations in the Middle East. For those interested in the latter subject might I respectfully recommend Arieh Stav's book entitled "Peace: The Arabian Caricature: A Study of Anti-Semitic Imagery". Thanks for your time.
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35 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous road to start down, 29 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (Paperback)
I went into this text with preconceptions, having studied at length the reasons behind and story of the Holocaust. It struck me that the Author's purpose was to seek out those eccentric individuals who have made (in some cases a fairly lucrative) living out of denying the holocaust. I must give Lipstadt her due. She points out that the denial of the Holocaust is not and cannot be based on reason. The deniers rely on the ignorance of their readers and highly selective use of evidence to bolster their rather tenuous case.
Why then, am I only giving three stars? The answer lies in what I perceive as an almost manic intolerance of any deviation from her accepted version of the Holocaust. Lipstadt claims that there are many issues that 'Holocaust experts' debate - then seems to limit them to those which start from the assumption six million died, even when this is a highly tendentious figure. Some literature suggests that not all Nazis were as vehemently in favour of the Holocaust as Hitler. Does this lack of unanimity warrant a mention? I think not. There is a disturbing intolerant streak which characterises much of the writing and which vitiates what would otherwise have been a very powerful work. The blanket adoption of extreme restrictions on freedom of speech which Lipstadt seems to advocate is the thin end of a very disturbing wedge, and readers should remember this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisionism and denial exposed for what they really are, 26 April 2000
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This review is from: Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (Paperback)
As a former Kindertransportee I participate in Holocaust Education projects. As a psychotherapist I work with first, second and third generation Holocaust survivors. Yet until I read this book I was only aware of the need for Holocaust Education to combat general ignorance and reluctance to know about what happened. Lipstadt makes it very clear that growth of Holocaust revisionism and denial goes far beyond ignorance to threaten the very roots of reason and democracy and attacks the foundations of enlightened human culture.
She defines the difference between history, a rational discipline aiming to uncover and understand events, and revisionism (which she insists is denial), an irrational ideology based on and propagated by the creation of falsifications and distortion of facts. She demonstrates unequivocally how this ideology is based on a master-race philosophy and vitriolic hatred of Jews, Communists, etc. as inferior and conspiring against the master-race. Her account of the development of 'revisionism ' in response to WWI and the main characters that revived and extended it after WWII illustrates deniers' projection into 'the Jews' of their own disowned elements resulting in paranoid fear of them.
So powerful is the appeal of their irrational ideology that the deniers believe their own fabrications and live in a 'wonderland of mythology'. Jews, as the embodiment of moral values and truth, present a threat to their 'wonderland' and must be anihilated to 'purify' the master-race. Furthermore, the powerful appeal of mythology is a part of human make-up. Holocaust revisionists and deniers trade on this to sow the seeds of doubt with their perverted propaganda and make converts to their irrational fabrications.
Lipstadt draws attention to details of real evidence to counteract these seeds of doubt. But those already converted to Holocaust denial have entered the wonderland of its mythology and are immune to rational discourse. Lipstadt warns of the dangers of getting involved in dialogue with them as this gives them a platform for their propaganda and unwarrented validity as 'the other point of view'. She recommends vigilance and exposure of their lies and subterfuges.
The book itself provides the solution to the puzzle why David Irving could self-destructively sue Lipstadt and Penguin for libel in it. Irving was deluded into believing he could single-handedly convince the judge, journalists and readers of his ideology and make a 'killing' in converts. He lost the libel case but gained publicity. Hopefully the publicity for Lipstadt's book has been even greater.
R. B.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Precedent Is Being Set Here., 4 Mar 2013
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This book is a good example of how true freedom of speech and the right to debate are being suppressed.
I'm not getting in to the arguments about how many were killed or if Hitler knew about it as I'm sure that both sides of these debates have their valid reasons for saying what they do.
Are we supposed to believe everything our governments tell us? do we not have the right to debate doubtful things or ask for proof?
The governments of most countries have at some point been proven to be liars and to have falsified facts and the average person knows that politicians can not be trusted.
So my point is that if we lose the right to ask questions or to debate something that we personally doubt, then doesn't that mean that we have gone too far down the path of intolerance and are only a few steps away from a totalitarian regime that will not be questioned on what it states to be the truth.
To question and to doubt should be unchangeable human rights for every individual of every nation, questions and debate are not racial hatred are they?
According to some figures as many as 22 million people were killed under Josef Stalin's regime in the USSR, but as far as I know it is not an imprisonable offence to question these figures or to have doubts about the truthfullness of them.
This book sets a very dangerous precedent indeed as it is calling for a clampdown on basic freedom of speech rights.
If I was to question the official figures for the civilian deaths during the allied bombing of Dresden or other major German cities at the close of WW2 I would not be imprisoned for it, so why should someone be imprisoned for questioning the civilian deaths total of the German prison camps.
If you care to think about this you will see that it's an ominous prospect indeed to have your right to ask questions and to express doubts taken from you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Denying the Holocaust, 22 Jan 2013
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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 around since the end of World War II and has attracted supporters from many right wing movements who see it as grist to their own mill. Anyone who doesn't conform to the WASP stereotype is not acceptable to these groups. Historians have always disagreed over their interpretations of historical events but mainly they do not disagree over whether these events actually happened. But there are people who claim that the Holocaust is a huge hoax perpetrated by the Jews and aided and abetted by the Allies to keep Germany in a state of guilt.

Deniers claim that all eye witness accounts of the concentration camps and the gas chambers are faked and that there were no mass killings of Jews or anyone else. Many people died - because of malnutrition towards the end of the war when the Allies had cut off German supply lines which meant that concentration camps did not receive food - that is their theory. Deniers go further than this by saying that all the documents in archives have been faked and people have been bribed to talk about their imaginary experiences so add verisimilitude to the hoax. I found myself laughing out loud at the idea that thousand and millions of people are involved in forging documents, placing them in archives ready to be found at a later date and writing fake memoirs.

Anyone who has told a secret in confidence to one other person knows that the more people you have who know about a secret then the less secret it is. Deniers have no problem ignoring evidence that does not fit their thesis. They even go so far as to say that all the defendants at the Nuremberg trials confessed to crimes they did not commit - because they were told they had to support the hoax. Many deniers start from a position of Anti-Semitism and also a belief in the Illuminati and the huge worldwide plot to have the world run by Jews with everyone else subjected to their cause. They fail to see that this scenario is very similar to their ideas that there should be a right wing dictatorship ruling the world.

What disturbed me most about this book was the way Holocaust deniers launch ad hominem attacks on anyone who does not agree with them. If you can't argue your point using facts to back it up instead of saying everyone has been brainwashed who doesn't agree with you then you really don't have any rational way of explaining what you believe to be the truth. If the facts supporting the deniers' contentions were so clear-cut then they would stand on their own merit.

I am all for free speech and the right to express your own point of view however distasteful but to dismiss all well documented facts which contradict your own thesis is not in the best traditions of scholarship. The right to free speech does not include the right to say that everyone who doesn't accept what you say is stupid and has been brainwashed.

The book contains many references to the sources quoted which will provide further reading for anyone who wants to know more about this fascinating and though provoking subject. There is also an index.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use of term "revisionism" should be avoided, 27 Nov 1997
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Reviews and commentary should avoid the term "revisionism" when discussing the Holocuast denial movement and its proponents. As author Deborah Lipstadt points out, revisionism is a legitimate academic pursuit, while Holocaust denial is nothing of the sort. To do so is to lump together serious scholars with the crackpots and anti-Semites who make up the denial movement. Holocuast deniers want to be known as revisionists. Do not grant them the honor.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisonism is Denial!, 18 April 1998
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This book by Dr. Lipstadt is the bible on Holocaust deniers (NOT Revisonists). She gives a full detail on holocaust denial started right after WW2 ended to the current state. She showed with outstanding documnetation how these deniers are anti-jewsih to the core and don't even coem close to being a Historian. Every true Historian who has researched the Holocaust has said that 6 million jews died. But these deniers calim that that have free speech roghts to "revise" the Holocaust. They do. But Listadt also has free speech rights too and she used them to show that "revisonism" is nothign but denial. Not only that but she debunks all the books that denied the Holocaust by showing specifically where they were wrong. I thougght she could have done 2 things. In the appendix, she could have given the litany of anti-jewish pro nazi comments that these "Rrvisonist" have made. Second she could have listed the occupations of these "revisonista". Its laughable. They have jobs like photo retoucher, constaruction worker, magzine editor and my favorite a David Cole who is a high schol dropout. Good job Ms. Lipstadt. But with the way the Internet has become, i think and updated version on the expansion of Holocaust denial shoudl be done
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and disturbing, 18 April 2000
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So this is what the court case was all about. This is an intriguing and disturbing analysis of the deeply worrying phenomenon of Holocaust denial. A book everyone should read.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, groundbreaking study, 18 Feb 2013
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In this book the author gives an excellent, informative and scholarly overview of the disturbing and dangerous phenomenon of Holocaust denial. I was impressed by this book when I first read it, and saw it very much as a " must buy " for my Kindle as soon as I could do so. I found this an invaluable guide to the " nuts and bolts " of Holocaust denial. Lipstadt describes and examines carefully and clearly the roots, ideologies, central figures, motives, goals and methods of Holocaust deniers. She also strongly asserts the importance to the future of preserving, and defending, a clear and accurate knowledge of the past. Particularly, from those who wish to deny or distort actual events, such as the Holocaust, for their own ideological purposes.
The only drawback to this book is that this book dates from 1993, and I might very much wish for a follow-up study of Holocaust denial covering the twenty years between then and now. Perhaps Deborah Lipstadt will read this review?
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