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The Holocaust: Denial & History

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The Nazi Holocaust claimed the lives of between 5 and 6 million Jews between 1939 and 1945. Since then, a small group of Holocaust deniers have lied about and minimized this history by deliberately manipulating historical evidence as part of an ideological and racist agenda.

Learning Tools: Myths & Facts


Holocaust deniers freely distort the historical record in order to justify anti-Semitism, racism and fascism. These tools help the novice and expert alike analyze denier claims and refute them with historical evidence including primary-source documents and both Nazi and survivor testimony.

Irving v. Lipstadt: Denial on Trial


In 1996 British Holocaust denier David Irving sued professor Deborah Lipstadt for alleged libel. Three courts found for Lipstadt concluding that Irving was a Holocaust denier, an anti-Semite and a racist. The unedited trial documents found below document this important victory for truth and history.

Continuing Effort: News & Updates


Holocaust denial suffered a sharp blow as a result of the Irving v. Lipstadt trial, however deniers and so-called "revisionists" continue to publicize their ideologically skewed version of history. We provide up-to-date news, links and resources on denial and its continued impact on culture.

Holocaust Denial in the News



The links below demonstrate the ongoing struggle over the history and memory of the Holocaust. They appear based on keyword searches of current news articles and are neither selected nor endorsed by HDOT.


Hilary Swank to play Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt in film
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Tom Wilkinson, a two-time Oscar nominee, will portray David Irving, a British revisionist historian who sued Lipstadt for libel after she called him a Holocaust denier in her 1993 book “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth & Memory ...
Hilary Swank to star as Deborah Lipstadt in biopic about Holocaust denier's trialHaaretz
Denial: Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson to star in film about Holocaust denier ...The Independent
Hilary Swank Will Play Deborah Lipstadt in New BiopicJewish Daily Forward
The Guardian -Jerusalem Post Israel News -Screen International
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Hilary Swank to play Emory's Deborah Lipstadt in screen version of “History on ...
That changed almost overnight in 1996 when Holocaust-denying historian David Irving brought a libel suit against Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin Books Ltd., for defaming his reputation. Irving, who had been singled out in Lipstadt's book as a ...

Digital Spy UK

Hilary Swank will play Emory historian Deborah Lipstadt in upcoming movie
Emory University News and Events
Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (right) has been attached to play Emory historian Deborah Lipstadt (left) in a movie based on Lipstadt's book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” Lipstadt photo by Emory Photo/Video. Swank ...
Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson are starring in a real-life Holocaust denial dramaDigital Spy UK
Anticipating the upcoming Irving-Lipstadt courtroom dramaThe News Hub
Cannes: Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson Join Drama 'Denial'AllMediaNY

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Online Holocaust Denial and Hate Podcast Series:

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Controversy at Harvard: Muslim Chaplain Suggests Death of Muslim Apostates?, May 2, 2009


For the past two weeks a controversy has been brewing at Harvard as reported by the Harvard Crimson. Recently it has also been covered in the Forward.

In short, the Muslim chaplain, Abdul-Basser wrote the following to a Muslim student:

great wisdom (hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital punishment [for apostates]) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic modern human rights discourse, one should not dismiss it out of hand.”
In the Crimson article a number of Muslim students were quoted as being quite critical of his stand. He claims that he has been misinterpreted and was not saying that he supports death for converts from Islam. It's hard how to see otherwise, particular in light of his comment about "hegemonic modern human rights discourse."

He, of course, is free to have any religious view he wishes. It is just disturbing to think that this is the point of view being imparted to students.