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Irving had deliberately mistranslated the document in order to show Hitler in a more positive light. Although Irving’s translation does not show Hitler protecting the Jews, it gives the impression that it was unusual for Hitler not to demand that the Jews be protected. However, the correct translation reveals that Hitler deliberately and happily left the Jews of Germany exposed to the terrible violence. The discussion above between Goebbels and Hitler also reveals the close contact that the Nazi leadership had between them.
They usually attempt to sow doubt in people’s minds over often-trivial aspects of the Nazi era. After all, if they can produce ‘evidence’ that Hitler didn’t know everything about the massacre of Jews, then perhaps we should question other aspects of the Holocaust too? The consequences of Holocaust denial are different across all countries. In Germany for example, Holocaust denial is illegal and if you encounter it on campus, you can expect to have the full weight of the law on your side. However, in many other countries, Holocaust denial is legal in accordance with laws protecting freedom of speech and therefore tackling it on campus provides a different challenge.
118-9) Broadly speaking, Holocaust deniers are likely to agree that they believe in at least three of the above beliefs. ” However, make no mistake. Just like anyone who creates a myth, Holocaust deniers have created their myth in order to promote an agenda and a worldview. Their agenda is clearly an anti-Semitic one, as Evans notes in his fourth point, where they claim that the Holocaust was simply another aspect of the Jewish conspiracy and attempt at world domination. Holocaust denial is not a ‘revision’ of history but an anti-Semitic attempt to dramatically re-write history itself.