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.