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A dangerous road to start down,
By A Customer
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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Initial post: 20 Feb 2011 16:33:05 GMT
Your reviewer "A Customer" writes that they found a "disturbing intolerant streek" that "characterises much of the writing" of this Lipstadt book. More pertinently, he should have written "hysterical" ! What I find astonishing about this whole "Holocaust industry" business in general, and the Irving-Lipstadt case in particular, is that the High Court case between the two was supposed to be all about historical accuracy and truth. Rubbish - a great deal was all about the "almost manic intolerance of any deviation" from [Lipstadt's et al] "accepted version of the Holocaust". In fact, it should not have been Iriving who brought a libel action against this writer, but the group of respected and distinguished German historians involved in that country's "Historikerstreit" a few years back whom she libelled as sailing very near to the wind of "denial". Worse, however, remains the publisher's refusal to correct the lie which it and Lipstadt continue to propagate on the back cover of the paperback edition of the book. Viz: "the death of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps......". And that is supposed to constitute the be all and end all of "historical truth and accuracy". Do me a favour! I'm not talking about the quoted figure, which in itself has to be tantamount to a "guess" since accurate figures continent-wide for the Nazi policy of the extermination of Jews can be nothing other. No, the offending words are "in Nazi concentration camps". No, those people were not killed on that scale in those places. I'm not wasting my time or breath explaining the true facts - but it is outrageous in the extreme that Lipstadt, her publishers, and her emotionally-driven lay and so-called "academic" supporters should support a person and her book which continues to this day to propagate such an historical falsehood.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2013 20:18:18 GMT
MICHAEL BAILEY says:
For someone calling themselves PC-History you display a lack of understanding of the facts surrounding the history of the Holocaust and the Holocaust denial that this book is about. You're comments illustrates the revisionist position of people like David Irvine, which in the libel case was shown to be inaccurate, biased and fundamentally anto-semitic. It is people like you who allow these type of 'historians' to pander their views of what they believe happened during the Second World War. In short it is frightening that with all the available facts, documented evidence and substantial first hand accounts of the slaughter that people like you still willful ignore the truth.
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