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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


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


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


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



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.

UGA Today

University Lecture featuring Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt to be held Oct. 22
UGA Today
The film, with a screenplay by Oscar-nominated playwright David Hare, depicts the story of Lipstadt's libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist. Presidents Clinton and Obama ...
Special Analysis: She Said What? Holocaust Scholar Denies Middle East Refugee ...Mintpress News (blog)

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My Reaction to the David Irving Interview in the Jerusalem Post
Huffington Post
Throughout the history of international Holocaust denial, few interviews with deniers appear in mainstream media. To interview them is a double-edged sword in which the journalist achieves little. Either he manages to carry out his interview and to ...

Daily Mail

Holocaust denier David Irving organisess tours of concentration camps
Daily Mail
Irving, 77, is notorious for his attempts to play down the extent of the Holocaust, and his insistence that Hitler was unaware of the plan to exterminate the Jews. He was publicly exposed after his failed bid to sue author Deborah Lipstadt for calling ...
Holocaust denier David Irving running $4800 concentration camp toursNew Zealand Herald
Holocaust Denier to Lead Death Camp ToursArutz Sheva

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Online Holocaust Denial and Hate Podcast Series:

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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.