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The Holocaust: Denial & History

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The Nazi Holocaust claimed the lives of between 5 and 6 million Jews between 1939 and 1945. Since then, a small group of Holocaust deniers have lied about and minimized this history by deliberately manipulating historical evidence as part of an ideological and racist agenda.

Learning Tools: Myths & Facts

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Holocaust deniers freely distort the historical record in order to justify anti-Semitism, racism and fascism. These tools help the novice and expert alike analyze denier claims and refute them with historical evidence including primary-source documents and both Nazi and survivor testimony.

Irving v. Lipstadt: Denial on Trial

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In 1996 British Holocaust denier David Irving sued professor Deborah Lipstadt for alleged libel. Three courts found for Lipstadt concluding that Irving was a Holocaust denier, an anti-Semite and a racist. The unedited trial documents found below document this important victory for truth and history.

Continuing Effort: News & Updates

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Holocaust denial suffered a sharp blow as a result of the Irving v. Lipstadt trial, however deniers and so-called "revisionists" continue to publicize their ideologically skewed version of history. We provide up-to-date news, links and resources on denial and its continued impact on culture.

Holocaust Denial in the News

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The links below demonstrate the ongoing struggle over the history and memory of the Holocaust. They appear based on keyword searches of current news articles and are neither selected nor endorsed by HDOT.


US social security payments to Nazi war criminals scandalize Jewish world
Jerusalem Post
Revelations that the United States currently pays Social Security and other benefits to concentration camp guards and others involved in carrying out the Holocaust has scandalized the Jewish world, eliciting harsh condemnations from many quarters.

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Let Zoabi talk
Jerusalem Post
... the freedom of speech of Holocaust deniers, Flat Earth Society members and people such as Zoabi, we foster a culture in which people are forced to think about why they know what they know. In rejecting claims made by, say, British historian David ...

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Cleveland Jewish News

Lipstadt to discuss anti-Semitism Oct. 19 at Temple Israel Ner Tamid
Cleveland Jewish News
Professor and author Deborah Lipstadt will be the guest speaker at Temple Israel Ner Tamid's fifth annual speakers program at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the temple, 1732 Lander Road in Mayfield Heights. Lipstadt's topic will be “Anti-Semitism in the 21st ...

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Online Holocaust Denial and Hate Podcast Series:

barbed wireHDOT's new podcast recordings feature interviews with Dr. Saul Friedlander, Father John Pawlikowski and other leading scholars and intellectuals discussing Holocaust denial and online hate speech. Subscribe to the feed in iTunes to receive new podcasts as we post them.

 

 

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Controversy at Harvard: Muslim Chaplain Suggests Death of Muslim Apostates?, May 2, 2009

 

For the past two weeks a controversy has been brewing at Harvard as reported by the Harvard Crimson. Recently it has also been covered in the Forward.

In short, the Muslim chaplain, Abdul-Basser wrote the following to a Muslim student:

great wisdom (hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital punishment [for apostates]) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic modern human rights discourse, one should not dismiss it out of hand.”
In the Crimson article a number of Muslim students were quoted as being quite critical of his stand. He claims that he has been misinterpreted and was not saying that he supports death for converts from Islam. It's hard how to see otherwise, particular in light of his comment about "hegemonic modern human rights discourse."

He, of course, is free to have any religious view he wishes. It is just disturbing to think that this is the point of view being imparted to students.