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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.

San Diego Jewish Journal

Diversions, September
San Diego Jewish Journal
“Denial,” recounts the legal battle between Deborah E. Lipstadt and David Irving. After Lipstadt declared Irving a Holocaust denier, he brought a libel suit against her, resulting in a landmark case that required Lipstadt's legal team to prove that the ...

The Globe and Mail

Who's coming to TIFF this year? Ryan Gosling, Lupita Nyong'o, Justin Timberlake – but something is missing
The Globe and Mail
... Mick Jackson's Denial, which focuses on historian Deborah Lipstadt's (Rachel Weisz) courtroom battle against a Holocaust-denier; and Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe, which stars Academy Award winner Nyong'o as the mother of a Ugandan chess champion, ...
Toronto Film Festival 2016: Magnificent Seven, La La Land to screenEntertainment Weekly
Toronto International Film Festival will spotlight female directors and people of color at this year's gatheringLos Angeles Times
TIFF 2016 to include 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Birth of a Nation,' films by Denis Villeneuve, Oliver StoneToronto Sun
NOW Magazine
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Los Angeles Times

'Snowden,' 'Denial,' and 'Deepwater Horizon' among this year's newsy films at TIFF
Los Angeles Times
"Denial," Mick Jackson's look at the fight between historian Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust denier David Irving. Pete Berg's "Deepwater Horizon," about the corporate intrigue behind the 2010 oil spill disaster. Read more. Latest updates. Copyright ...

and more »


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.