There are several reasons for why people have denied the holocaust
. Some have done it because they're neo-nazi
s. Others because they simply can't get it into their head that something like that could possibly happen in the wonderfully enlightened 20th century
(these are the same people that don't blanch in horror when they hear of massacres in Uganda
; they simply can't comprehend such a thing). Still, others do it because the holocaust
is a major event in the world of the mainstream about which it is often trendy to gasp at in a collective horror, and hence, in an attempt to show their cool
tendencies, disbelieve it.
As pointed out, in many countries it is illegal
spring to mind (in the latter, it is also illegal to spread NAZI
beliefs and so forth). I do not condone or support this one whit: the freedom of speech
protects even the most repulsive
words there ever were. Making it illegal
to speak such repulsive
words--such as, say, speech about holocaust
denial--is every bit as horrible and dangerous as making it illegal to speak of homosexuality
, or what-have-you.
Denying the holocaust
tends to be a gross thing indeed, in both idea and actuality. It asks questions about the colors of smoke from ovens, what the ashes of bodies were used for, if corpses were used for the manufacture of soap. (my skin creeps) Deniers have also argued that the entire holocaust
was a myth
perpetuated for the sake of the state of Israel
; that the testimony of witnesses (both the poor souls who were victims
and that of the exterminators
) is worthless because it is anecdotal
; that there were not enough Jews
in all of Europe
to account for the number of deaths.
(at least when I was there) was the sight of periodic, ongoing flamewars between a few holocaust deniers
and everyone else.
Many people have treated the holocaust
as a sacred manner, and they have acted as though the discussion of some of its aspects is a desecration
. That is a poor view (although I can understand it entirely when there are those who would have its memory eradicated altogether). The fact is, all events of the past are questionable, and a good many of them are sure to suffer from inaccuracy in our recordings. Revising some of their finer points should not be treated as sacrilege
, but revising is a far
cry away from denying.
Some (like tftv256
) ask why the holocaust
is continuously brought up, and he just suggests that sleeping dogs should be let to lie. There are many answers, more than I could even begin to offer. Mine is this: man does not change, and he is chillingly apt to repeat the past
. The holocaust
is one of those events that should be brought up and retold through the ages as a reminder of what was and what should not be ever again
For the refutation of holocaust deniers
and information on the holocuast
, see the Nizkor Project: http://veritas.nizkor.org/
I feel obligated to post the URL
to a site that purports that the holocaust
didn't happen, though I cannot find a URL
denial I've been exposed to has been on television
, and a quick google
search was fruitless
) . Please /msg me if you have one.