Many deniers claim the gas chambers could not possibly have killed as many victims as historical research shows, bolstering their arguments by highlighting discrepancies in the number of recorded casualties.
Others suggest that the gas chambers were built after the war as a way of extracting reparations from the Germans and/or to justify the creation of Israel.
Jennifer Rich does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
When I first set out to research how the Holocaust was being depicted in textbooks in New Jersey’s public schools, my hope was to see what students were being taught about the systematic state-sponsored killing of 6 million Jewish men, women and and children.
Irving’s writings devolved into open denialism in the 1980s with claims that Hitler was unaware of the systematic extermination of European Jews. Irving’s contemporary Mark Weber also remains active in the movement as the director of IHR.
His defense of Zundel’s views and the Leuchter Report further confirmed his antisemitic beliefs. While IHR no longer publishes and Weber himself made waves with a 2009 essay advocating a shift in attention from denying the Holocaust to the “Jewish-Zionist power,” his website continues to publish and sell denialist material.These groups (and individuals) often cloak themselves in the sober language of serious scholarship, call themselves “historical revisionists” instead of deniers, and accuse their critics of trying to squelch open-minded inquiries into historical truth. Some groups say that most Jews were not killed in a systematic genocide, but were the victims of disease, starvation or other indiscriminate hardships of World War II.Some say the gas chambers did not exist or were used only to delouse prisoners.Most notably, Zundel sponsored and published the Leuchter Report – a biased study of the chemical contents of gas chamber walls in Auschwitz – as part of his defense for spreading Holocaust denial material in Canada.Author and self-described historian David Irving, himself a figurehead within the denial scene, testified on Zundel’s behalf.I had sent an email earlier in the year to the district about my study of how textbooks portray the Holocaust and officials there remembered my note. Ali, who was teaching students to question the Holocaust and who was also pushing 9/11 conspiracy theories. Ali was now suing the district for illegally firing him over his race and religion. Ali had first made headlines in September 2016 after a news station discovered several 9/11 conspiracy links on his school webpage.After speaking with the Woodbridge district lawyer, I was sent several hundred pages of depositions, student work and lesson plans to review.Irving filed the libel suit after Lipstadt wrote a book called “Denying the Holocaust,” in which she called Irving “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.” A British court ultimately tossed out Irving’s suit, finding that he had “persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence” in order to portray Hitler in “unwarrantedly favourable light.” Now here I was some two decades later, being called upon to serve as a witness against a schoolteacher trying to get his job back after being fired for doing essentially the same thing. I have also spent the past four years interviewing children and other grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.My work shows how deeply members of the second and third generations feel the impact of the Holocaust in their lives.Ali responded that he taught his students to “question everything.” And when he was asked if he encouraged his students to “come to different views than the traditional understanding of what World War II and the Holocaust and Hitler were about,” he stated: “Yeah, it’s called debate.” But United States District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo disagreed. I can’t speak to his claims that he was subjected to an “anti-Muslim attitude” at work, or that the school district didn’t seem to have a problem with his 9/11 conspiracy theory lessons until a TV station started reporting about it. Ali either let or encouraged his students to believe when it comes to Hitler and the Holocaust, his lessons weren’t just wrong, they were dangerous.She ruled that the school district, not the classroom teacher, “has the ultimate right to decide what will be taught in the classroom.” Except for a procedural matter unrelated to his teaching, she tossed out the various claims in Mr. Even though a judge tossed out his lawsuit, on May 28 he filed an appeal, court records show. Ali and his attorney, Nicholas Pompelio, but did not get a response. Chen Yabian, 74, of Hainan Province, southern China, testifies during the International Symposium on Chinese ‘Comfort Women’ in 2000 in Shanghai that she was 14 when Japanese Imperial Army soldiers forced her to work as a sex slave during the war.