Is Holocaust Denial a Taboo?

Mark Oppenheimer has a four-part interview with ace Holocaust deniers Mark Weber and Bradley R. Smith (not Bradley F. Smith) in Tablet, which is the moniker Nextbook is going by now. I’m linking to the first part. If you want to read it all you can follow the links at the bottom of each page. It’s worth it for quotes like this:

“You’ve read all the standard accounts,” I asked, “like Lucy Dawidowicz and Raul Hilberg?”

“Yeah,” Smith said, “that’s what I started with, I read Hilberg. I didn’t read them very closely. Because I’m not really interested in the history of the period.”

“So what are you interested in?”

“In a free exchange of ideas.”

“But you aren’t interested in trying to find out which ideas are right?”

“Not particularly. You know what I’m really interested in? Every generation has its taboo, and I happen to be here with this taboo. I happen to be here with this one. And I can see how it’s exploited, and who benefits from the exploitation.”

So there you have it: Holocaust denial as cultural revolution.

About Marc Alan Di Martino

I'm a skeptical poet, blogger, columnist, occasional cartoonist, atheist, kvetcher and all-around lovable mensch - in precisely that order. I live in Italy, a country in serious need of skeptics and secularists who will challenge the status quo. Kind of like the United States and most places on earth.
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3 Responses to Is Holocaust Denial a Taboo?

  1. David Ranan says:

    Good point but overkill.

    Holocaust denial is simply stupid. Deniers combine anti-Semitism with ignorance: After all, the Germans meticulously recorded names, dates of birth and addresses of their victims.

  2. Marc says:

    Well, yes, but these people admittedly aren’t very interested in the period. Period.

  3. Jew With A View says:

    Ah yes, the sheer lunacy of Holocaust Denial. The true agenda of these people is easily proven, by the fact that they never seek to deny/minimise the deaths of millions of NON Jews at the hands of the Nazis.

    Good post by the way :)

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