Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?

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University of California Press, May 3, 2002 - History - 312 pages
"Whether you have never had an interest in the Holocaust, or have always been passionately interested in it, or are sick and tired of hearing about it, you won't be able to stop reading this great, gripping story."—Jared Diamond, winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Guns, Germs, and Steel

"Shermer and Grobman destroy the Big Lie that the Holocaust never occurred, relentlessly confronting outrageous claims with ghastly, irrefutable facts. Denying History is all the more remarkable for its evenhandedness in the face of the Big Lie's perversity. . . . By any measure, an engrossing and important book."—Daniel J. Kevles, author of In the Name of Eugenics

"Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman provide the necessary ammunition to confront one of the basest phenomena in today's academic world: the attempt to deny obvious historical facts surrounding one of the greatest tragedies of our time—the Holocaust. They show how any historical fact is verified and proven, and they deal with the specifics of the deniers' falsifications. In so doing they are filling a vacuum—the need of people who are not experts on the Holocaust, and who have no easy access to the wealth of documentation about it, to answer those who, usually motivated by pro-Nazi sympathies and antisemitism, deny or corrupt facts."—Yehuda Bauer, author of The Holocaust in Historical Perspective and Rethinking the Holocaust

"An excellent and timely book that not only maps the unseemly quagmire inhabited by Holocaust deniers and other pseudohistorians, but also equips the user with the critical tools and historical information that, in distinguishing acknowledged fact from insidious fabrication, recovers the road to a civic dominion of common sense and common decency."—Robert Jan van Pelt, co-author of Auschwitz: 1270 to the Present

"Like cancer, HIV, and influenza, Holocaust denial is a drain on human resources, energy, and creativity. Yet for the health of the society and the well-being of the individual citizen the maladies must be confronted, their spread halted, and their sources identified and neutralized. Shermer and Grobman have given us a splendid study of the voices and sponsors of Holocaust denial."—Franklin H. Littell, author of Hyping the Holocaust

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This is a fact-based crushing of the Holocaust denial, or "revisionist" movement, and a lively look at some of the more infamous proponents of that movement, such as David Irving and Ernst Zundel ... Read full review

Denying history: who says the Holocaust never happened and why do they say it?

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Shermer, founder/publisher of Skeptic magazine, and Grobman, most recently editor of In Defense of the Survivors, team up for this in-depth case study of pseudohistory, using the Holocaust revisionist ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Michael Shermer is the founder and publisher of Skeptic magazine, Director of the Skeptics Society, Adjunct Professor of the History of Science at Occidental College, and host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech. He is also the host of a national TV show called Exploring the Unknown (Fox Network) and the author of Why People Believe Weird Things (1997), and How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science (1999). Alex Grobman is President of the Institute for Contemporary Jewish Life; editor of Genocide: Critical Issues of the Holocaoust(1983), as well as In Defense of the Survivors: The Letters and Documents of Oscar A. Mintzer, AJDC Legal Advisor, Germany, 1945-46 (1999); and author of Rekindling the Flame: American Jewish Chaplains and the Survivors of European Jewry, 1944-1948 (1992) and Out of the Depths of Despair: Rabbi Nathan Baruch and the Vaad Hatzala in Post-War Europe (forthcoming, 2002)

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