Denying History is a courageous and accessible study of a looking-glass world where black is white, up is down, and the normal rules of reason no longer apply. Authors Michael Sherman and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the conferences, literature, and Web culture of Holocaust deniers; they have engaged the pseudo-historians in debate; and they have visited the concentration camps in Europe to investigate the truth of what happened there. Denying History presents Sherman and Grobman\’s findings. The book refutes, in detail, the Holocaust deniers\’ claims, and it demonstrates conclusively that the Holocaust did happen; it also explores the fundamental historical issue in all debates over the truth of the Holocaust: the question of how we know that any past event happened. Thus,
Denying History is a doubly useful book; it sets the record straight on one of history\’s most terrible events, and it instructs readers in the scientific, logical, and historiographical principles that can help us make wise judgments about history on our own. -Michael Joseph Gross Whether you have never had an interest in the Holocaust, or have always been passionately interested in it, or are sick and tired of hearing about it, you won\’t be able to stop reading this great, gripping story. -Jared Diamond, winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Guns, Germs, and Steel Shermer and Grobman destroy the Big Lie that the Holocaust never occurred, relentlessly confronting outrageous claims with ghastly, irrefutable facts.
Denying History is all the more remarkable for its evenhandedness in the face of the Big Lie\’s perversity. By any measure, an engrossing and important book. -Daniel J. Kevles, author of In the Name of Eugenics Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman provide the necessary ammunition to confront one of the basest phenomena in today\’s academic world: the attempt to deny obvious historical facts surrounding one of the greatest tragedies of our time–the Holocaust.
They show how any historical fact is verified and proven, and they deal with the specifics of the deniers\’ falsifications. In so doing they are filling a vacuum–the need of people who are not experts on the Holocaust, and who have no easy access to the wealth of documentation about it, to answer those who, usually motivated by pro-Nazi sympathies and antisemitism, deny or corrupt facts. -Yehuda Bauer, author of The Holocaust in Historical Perspective and Rethinking the Holocaust An excellent and timely book that not only maps the unseemly quagmire inhabited by Holocaust deniers and other pseudohistorians, but also equips the user with the critical tools and historical information that, in distinguishing acknowledged fact from insidious fabrication, recovers the road to a civic dominion of common sense and common decency. -Robert Jan van Pelt, co-author of Auschwitz: 1270 to the Present Like cancer, HIV, and influenza, Holocaust denial is a drain on human resources, energy, and creativity.
Yet for the health of the society and the well-being of the individual citizen the maladies must be confronted, their spread halted, and their sources identified and neutralized. Shermer and Grobman have given us a splendid study of the voices and sponsors of Holocaust denial. -Franklin H. Littell, author of Hyping the Holocaust