Holocaust Denial Or Revisionism?

A revisionist or an outright liar?

That, in essence, was the question brought to one of England’s highest courts regarding the views about the Holocaust by David Irving, author of some 30 history books on World War II.

Professor Deborah Lipstadt, an American Holocaust historian, had written a book about Holocaust denial, and included Irving in her list of deniers. Irving’s reputation as an historian was at stake, he felt, and sued her in a British court for libel.

The trial had ramifications far beyond personal reputations. At stake was history itself. Irving, for instance, claimed, “There were no gas chambers in Auschwitz,” and that the mass murders of Jews in the death factories of Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka was a “myth… which in fact never took place.”

His claims buttressed the battle cry of anti-Semites worldwide, from white supremacists in the West to Arab/Islamists in the Middle East, including the President of Iran.

After a long and highly publicized trial the judge issued his ruling on April 11, 2000. His conclusion was unequivocal: “[F]or his own ideological reasons [Irving] persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence…. [He was] an active Holocaust denier… anti-Semitic and racist….”

In other words, Irving was not an historian with an alternate view on the Holocaust, but an outright denier.

How did Irving have the temerity to claim there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz? Two of his points were: not enough evidence for use of Zyklon B poison gas and no holes in the roofs of the gas chambers at Auschwitz to drop in the poison pellets.

The first claim was based on the research of a German-American who went to Auschwitz and scraped some concrete from two different rooms: where Jews were gassed and where clothes were fumigated. (Zyklon B was first used to kill vermin on clothes.) A chemist found that there was a much lower level of Zyklon B in the chamber where people were killed. This indicated, the researcher (and Holocaust deniers) concluded, that Zyklon B wasn’t used against people.

However, they were wrong, because rodents are actually more resistant to the poison. Therefore, it actually took more gas to kill them than people.
Irving’s second claim, that there were no holes in the roofs, was aided by the fact that the Nazis blew up the gas chambers just before abandoning Auschwitz-Birkenau. However, a confluence of evidence proved otherwise.

First, eye-witnesses, including perpetrators (captured Nazis) and victims (e.g. Sonderkommandos), testified seeing the holes and SS soldiers dropping Zyklon B gas pellets inside. Second, architectural documentation emerged of how, for instance, the Nazis changed the Auschwitz morgue into a gas chamber, including putting in new doors that swung out and changing chutes (for sliding in dead bodies) into stairs (so people could walk down).

There is also evidence from a US reconnaissance flight over Auschwitz on August 25, 1944

which shows the Zyklon B introduction chimneys clearly visible on the roof as four dark squares staggered side to side down the length of the room.

In short, historians have a confluence of evidence to prove the existence of the gas chambers (as well as other things about the Holocaust). Of course, hardened anti-Semites are unlikely to change no matter how substantial the proof. But many people are neutral or don’t know any better. They see that David Irving wrote many books, is considered a historian, and might think his view is merely revisionist.

It is not. It is a deliberate falsification.

(Further Reading: History On Trial by Deborah Lipstadt.)

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Comments icon September 12, 2012


By Walkiria Torrealba on September 15, 2012 -- 12:55am

Hello, I’m writing a book in Spanish and one of ofits chapter is about the denial the Holocaust. Is it possible to get these pictures for illustration?

By Philip on October 21, 2012 -- 3:04am

I’m not jewish nor anti-jewish, but this is pathetic, even if this guy is a outright denier as you said, he’s not forcing anyone to buy his books, he has the right to write whatever he wants, this is freedom of speech, what about the israeli government denying the use of white phosporus against palestinians when there are videos of this? why aren’t they going to court? and you emphasizes the racist claims against him, but what about the jewish supremacy, expelling the arabians from their own lands because jews don’t want to live with them, if you call this guy racist then you jews are racists too

By Irving=Mamzer on November 12, 2012 -- 8:41pm

Imach Shemo Lezichron…

By stevchipmunk on November 16, 2012 -- 11:53am

QUESTION: How come East Asians don’t especially think of wiping out all the Jews?

It is strange that people will deny that the Holocaust happened.  But it is just as strange for me, for example, to accept that most Americans don’t accept evolution as a fact of life.

As an East Asian American, I am also very puzzled that Jews have been persecuted and hunted and killed for thousands of years in Europe and the Middle East… indeed, until Hitler almost succeeded in wiping out the last of the Jews.

I have read the section in this website giving the 6 reasons for the seemingly maniacal pursuit of Europeans and Middle Easterners in hunting down Jews for thousands of years.  But none of the 6 reasons make any sense to me.  Maybe it’s my Chinese DNA.  Certainly, the experience of Jews in China, for example, has not been negative (in Kaifeng, Jews were assimilated, and in China during WWII welcomed Jewish refugees).

The Chinese calendar is 5000 years old, and so is the Jewish calendar.  But today, there are almost 1.4 Billion Chinese in the world (magic of compound growth), while there are less than 14 million Jews in the world (result of thousands of years of.

Now, East Asians don’t particularly love Jews, but they certainly don’t especially hate them.  How come?

By San on November 27, 2012 -- 2:54am

I am the Granddaughter of a Polish woman, my family still live in Krakow where my grandmother was taken by the SS and transported to Germany. Her stories, the stories of her family, siblings, cousins are historically correct and I find deniers to be the most horrific of insults to the pain and suffering of all of the murdered!

I’ve been to Auschwitz - seen first hand the evidence of what took place, deniers are nothing short of liars.

By Mr.Himmler on December 22, 2012 -- 7:54am

It Never happened.           

            Your Friend,

By getreal81 on February 1, 2013 -- 4:01pm

Gas vans, skin lampshades, jewish soap, skull ashtrays, shrunken heads ... all lies.

I have yet to see credible evidence of gas chambers at Auschwitz. No… A photo of a building does not count.

Some of the eye witness testimony (the stuff the Russians supplied) was clearly nonsense.

By Tony on February 2, 2013 -- 2:09am

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By joelle esther benyayer on February 11, 2013 -- 9:25am

what we got in var between evangeliste close nazi group and islamistes iranian maroco well no place for jewish worst impossible to work receive call money robbe post robbe hotel book by them no place for jewish agression no help by police gendarmes mayors on seem borders you can almost die in defense in frejus roberry documents money and else we got austria close nazi group army dutch also cloe the seem group maroco iranian also very against jews after five years of agression robbery harcelement still the mayors police and else dont help post robbe well is look like the nazi group have choose the var to etablish like islamists iranian maroco and else cherry on the cake evangeliste very dangerous because they close to nazi group in austria so remenbrance today like yesterday never forget when i book hotel if is evangeliste naz austria dutch or muslims i come last no room madame twice this last couple of week no suprise when we see hannobre in monte carlo and maxima kingdom of nederland daughter or colonel very fascist from argentina got blood also of jews never forget the europa become sick again

By George Kiernan on April 2, 2013 -- 10:41pm

Many/most deniers do not believe what they are saying. They say it for destructive reasons. Those people who were and are still affected by the greatest tragedy and greatest act of evil in human history live with the insult of those who deny it.

By Sherry Scarlett on September 24, 2013 -- 2:18pm

What a read.. WOW!

By Geta on December 28, 2013 -- 1:59pm

1. Regarding the genealogy of Jesus presented in the Christian - New Testament what I believe, is that it was intentionally written this way and did not follow on purpose the prophecies of the Old Testament, and that was because of the Jews!
Its’ purpose was to make Jews reject it in order to fulfil the mission of Jesus on earth!
Imagine if Jesus genealogy was written following the prophecies of the Old Testament 100%!
The Jewish people would definitely accept Jesus as one of the key prophecy was already fulfilled!

2. Jesus was not born of Virgin Mary! She was legally married to Joseph!
It was changed because of Roman religion/belief in goddesses!
Romans could not accept a religion where the role of a woman god was diminished!

3. And it was because of the Jews again, because according to their Bible –Tanach, the young married woman’ was mistranslated as ‘the virgin’.

4. The Jews in their majority are all back to Israel which is already established a Jewish State!
This is all happening now during Jesus’ time, when the Spirit of Christ dominates upon many nations and parts of the world to!

5. Many miracles and wonders performed by Jesus and his’ disciples in the New Testament are similar to the other ones performed by other prophets in the Old Testament!

6. Someone, somewhere hides the true “New Testament” the original (probably it is the Vatican), and someday probably not too long, in not quite a distant future, it will come out as a discovery of big proportion!

By C. Chase on February 26, 2014 -- 10:18pm

I was recently talking with a Jewish friend of mine, and mentioned that I believed the Jews are God’s Chosen people - His Chosen Inheritance, forever.  He said he didn’t believe in God because of the Holocaust, explaining that if God really existed, He wouldn’t have allowed that to happen.  I could understand his feelings.  People always come up with reasoning’s like, well, it must have been because the Jews were worshipping idols, were disobedient, were turning away from the Lord…and He punished them.  But I see in the Book of Job, a different reason.  I believe the Book of Job is nothing less than a picture of the Holocaust, and is meant as a consolation and comfort to the Jewish people.  Job did nothing to deserve his afflictions.  God said to Satan “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Satan most assuredly, has challenged God over the Jews as well.  He challenges Him over everything He loves because Satan hates love.  The Jews have been allowed to suffer for their Chosen-ness, to prove that they are faithful, regardless.  And to this day, Passover, Yom Kippur, Feast of Tabernacles and all the other festivals are being faithfully observed by the Jews in remembrance of God’s instruction that they be for a perpetual observance throughout all generations, even though they bare the painful scars of the Holocaust.  I believe God will preserve, strengthen and bless the Jewish people just as He did Job.  I pray for the Peace of Jerusalem every day.  God bless Israel!

By Xanz on March 16, 2014 -- 12:15am

This does raise a number of interesting issues.  Particularly the “eye-witness” account of detainees and presumably SS personnel.

Although there are significant weaknesses in the Holocaust is true argument, it is difficult to see how it could be otherwise. 

Can anybody suggest a scenario where something that didn’t happen could become a fact on a par with the true existence of our moon?

By Leslie P. Beaumont on April 3, 2014 -- 4:52pm

I am in the middle of the study of Daniel and was on one of your sites that gave me the year and area the Israelite that were in conflict in one way or another. HELP!
I pray you feel God’s blessing upon you.

By goodoldrebel on July 15, 2014 -- 3:13am

We must always remember the victims—-and seek avenge for a thousand centuries. It’s hard to believe in a supreme being when one thinks of the Shoah. I hope Ha-shem does exist but the sad reality is probably that when your dead your just dead.

By Samuel Allen on August 11, 2014 -- 9:07pm

I am a chemist, M.S., and a recent convert to Judaism (@ age 60). All my life, up until now, I have lived exclusively among the gentiles. Thus, I have an insider’s knowledge of anti-Semitic beliefs and attitudes - and honestly, it’s running secretly rampid. These same deniers also claimed earlier that they had analytical evidence that the SS Nazis didn’t use cyanide gas - therefore the extermination by gassing never occurred. But there’s six million Jews “missing” - how do they account for that?

By chuck on February 4, 2015 -- 4:29pm

A comment on Applewhite Theorom, as you call it. 

All very well and good, but you leave out the key.  What would motivate someone to believe an outlandish claim?

Fear.  Fear of death.  Desire to conquer death.

People do not cut off their penises because there is a charismatic leader who claims a past revelation.

People will cut off their penises if there is a charismatic leader who claims past revelation THAT WILL CONQUER DEATH. 

By Amy Golden Hawkins on September 23, 2015 -- 3:31pm

Can anyone explain to me how someone can deny that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz? I walked through the gas chamber. I saw the holes in the ceiling and empty cans of gas poured on the naked men women and children. I saw the ovens used to cremate them! Did millions of survivors just make up what happened to them? I think not!!!

By Clem DOUGLAS on February 20, 2016 -- 3:31am

This world never must be allowed to forget

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