The Ongoing Major Distortion of the Holocaust

The Ongoing Major Distortion of the Holocaust

Manfred Gerstenfeld (The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6258-0.ch009
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This chapter analyzes mainly recent developments of the various types of distortions of the Holocaust. The analysis follows the main categories of the author's earlier book, The Abuse of the Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses (2009). These are justification of the Holocaust or promoting a new one, Holocaust denial or its minimization, deflection or whitewashing of guilt, Holocaust de-Judaization in part through its universalization, Holocaust equivalence, Holocaust inversion, Holocaust trivialization, and obliterating Holocaust memory. The abuse keeps increasing at a rather fast rate and has permeated several quarters of mainstream society. It is feared that manipulation of the truth may become a substantial part of the debate on the Holocaust. This will be even more possible when all surviving Holocaust victims are very old. It is difficult to see how in a more and more chaotic world this trend could be halted. It is recommended that Holocaust memorial institutions start to systematically and professionally monitor abuse in their respective countries and categorize them.
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Holocaust Promotion And Justification

The promotion of an additional Holocaust is not a distortion category in the strictest sense of the word. Yet it has to be included here because it is often discussed in the framework of the other categories of Holocaust abuse. The promotion of a second Holocaust has many gradations. Some are explicit. In the 1960's George Lincoln Rockwell was head of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell said that, “if he came to power he would execute Jews who were traitors. He furthermore stated that 90 percent of American Jews were traitors” (Green, 2017). Nowadays threats of genocide against Jews come mainly out of parts of the Muslim world. Iran and Hamas are two of the best known examples of this.

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