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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.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Rachel Weisz must prove the Holocaust happened in new film about Deborah Lipstadt
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
British playwright David Hare adapted Lipstadt's book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier” for the screenplay. Book and film recount how Irving sued Lipstadt for libel in England for calling him a “Holocaust denier.” Because ...
'Denial' Trailer: Rachel Weisz Will See You in CourtScreenCrush
'Denial' – Riveting film based on case proving Holocaust really happenedCanIndia News

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Entertainment Weekly

Watch Rachel Weisz as Deborah Lipstadt in 'Denial' Trailer
Tablet Magazine
The forthcoming film Denial tells the story of Lipstadt's legal battles with famed Holocaust denier and historian David Irving. After describing Irving's Holocaust denial as purposefully obtuse and a distortion of history in her own book, Lipstadt, a ...
Rachel Weisz battles Denial of Holocaust in riveting new trailerEntertainment Weekly
'Godzilla' Writer Takes On New Monster In Holocaust Denier Drama 'Denial,' Watch The First TraileriDigitalTimes.com
'Denial' Trailer: Rachel Weisz Fights a Legal Battle Against a Holocaust Denier/FILM
Malay Mail Online
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Inside Higher Ed

Trailer for Film on Historian's Fight With Holocaust Denier
Inside Higher Ed
A trailer has been released for the film Denial, due out this fall, about Deborah Lipstadt's legal battle with the Holocaust denier David Irving. The film depicts Lipstadt's response when Irving sued her in a British court over parts of her 1993 book ...


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.