Everyone is familiar with the haunting and powerful images of death in the Nazi concentration camps, especially with films such as "Schindler's List" ...Show synopsisEveryone is familiar with the haunting and powerful images of death in the Nazi concentration camps, especially with films such as "Schindler's List". Yet there is a growing faction that denies that these events ever took place. This book investigates this trend in holocaust denial.Hide synopsis
A forceful analysis of attempts to deny the Nazi Holocaust. Lipstadt traces the history of Holocaust revisionism and contends that it can no longer be ignored, showing how Holocaust-deniers, once dismissed as a lunatic fringe, have been growing in numbers and influence during the past 20 years. Citing groups like the Institute for Historical Review, publications like The Spotlight, politicians like David Duke, and academicians like Leonard Jeffries, Lipstadt presents numerous examples of attempts to prove that the extermination of six million Jews is a hoax; that only a few thousand Jews died in the camps from disease; that the Allied bombings of German cities were worse than any Nazi offense; and that the ``true victims'' of WW II were the German people. These distortions of recorded history, argues the author, threaten to undermine our Western rationalist tradition and to legitimize the politicization of history
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