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Bungled: “Denying the Holocaust”
How Deborah Lipstadt Botched Her Attempt to Demon-strate the Growing Assault on Truth and Memory
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With her book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt tried to show the flawed methods and extremist motives of “Holocaust deniers,” who, so the book’s description claims, have “no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat.”

Backed up with hundreds of references to thoroughly researched studies, the present book demonstrates that Dr. Lipstadt clearly has neither understood what the principles and methods of science and scholarship are, nor has she any clue about the historical topics she is writing about. She misquotes, mistranslates, misrepresents, misinterprets, and makes a plethora of wild claims without backing them up with anything. Among other things, she utterly fails to use generally recognized standards of evidence. Given the way she handles documents and data, it is clear that she has no interest in scholarship or reason. In fact, truth has been the antithesis of her enterprise.

Rather than dealing thoroughly with factual arguments, Lipstadt’s book is full of ad hominem attacks on her opponents. It is an exercise in anti-intellectual pseudo-scientific arguments, an exhibition of ideological radicalism that rejects anything which contradicts its preset conclusions.

Since she admits herself that her opponents’ motives are irrelevant, as an inescapable consequence, so is her book.

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• Category: History • Tags: Holocaust, Jews, World War II 
  1. I read Lipstadt’s book when it first appeared. Before that, in a Pittsburgh library in the early 90’s, I came across a thick book written by a German judge whose title I can’t recall; I can’t find it anywhere on the web. I think it was written in the 1980’s, and it was a critique of the mainstream account of the Holocaust, which shocked me to the core. The book was copiously footnoted, extremely well written, and its contentions well-argued. I felt nauseated while reading it, since it pummeled many of what had always seemed obvious truths. I was able to challenge some of the material, but the bulk of it seemed quite convincing.

    Always interested in historical truth, I began researching the subject in some detail, which led me to Lipstadt’s book. Expecting work which was at least equal to the German judge’s, I was sorely disappointed. The author simply made assertions drawn from various source materials. There was no analysis of the source material; she simply used sources that agreed with her views and quoted or paraphrased them. This might be fine for a college term paper, but not for a “scholarly” tome universally lauded by reviewers and the press. It didn’t make sense to me. The book was a big nothing. I agree that it was a botched attempt to refute what she called “the deniers.”

    Ultimately, my conclusion was that between 2 and 3 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Is that still a holocaust? To me it is. Am I correct about the number? I’ll never know. Does that matter in the grand scheme of things? Not really. But to think that no Jews were murdered by the Nazis is absurd. There is simply too much evidence to the contrary, and people who believe that are indeed deniers.

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