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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.


Rachel Weisz to Play Deborah Lipstadt in Holocaust Movie 'Denial'
British actress Rachel Weisz has been tapped to play Deborah E. Lipstadt in “Denial,” a biopic based on Lipstadt's courtroom drama with David Irving, who sued her for libel when she accused him of being a Holocaust denier. Adapted for screen from ...
Rachel Weisz, not Hilary Swank, to play Deborah Lipstadt in filmJewish Telegraphic Agency
Rachel Weisz takes over lead role in 'Denial'The Times of Israel
Rachel Weisz, Not Hilary Swank, to Play Lead Role in New Film on Holocaust DenialHaaretz
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Rachel Weisz to play Deborah Lipstadt in courtroom Holocaust drama 'Denier'
Tom Wilkinson, a two-time Oscar nominee, will portray David Irving, a British revisionist historian who sued Lipstadt for libel after she called him a Holocaust denier in her 1993 book “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth & Memory ...

The Jewish Week

Nazi Art Case Tests Start Date Of Shoah
The Jewish Week
Holocaust scholars are shocked by Germany's line of argument, calling it “cynical” and saying that it amounts to “revisionist history.” “It's ridiculous,” said Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory ...
Comment: Syrian refugees: echoes of Jewish historyTimes Colonist

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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.