The Big Lie Revisited
Why would an anti-Semitic neo-Nazi such as Gerhard Lauck deny that the
Holocaust took place? A July 1996 message from fellow neo-Nazi Harold
Covington to his National Socialist White Peoples Party E-mail mailing
list provides some possible reasons. Covington comments, "take away
the Holocaust and both the National Socialists and the Jews become very
different people, almost reversing roles." 28
Viewing the Holocaust as a "seemingly bottomless gold mine in the
form of 'reparations' which has financed murderous Israeli aggression
in the Middle East and numerous anti-White Jewish institutions,"
Covington wonders: "without the Holocaust, what are the Jews?"
His answer: "Just a grubby little bunch of international bandits
and assassins and squatters who have perpetrated the most massive, cynical
fraud in human history."
|Holocaust deniers' thousands of pages of propaganda on the Web, presented as
academic fact or in the guise of free and open 'debate,' take particular advantage of many
Web users' difficulty distinguishing between reputable and disreputable Web sites.
Likewise, Covington thinks the general public would be "stunned
with admiration for the brilliance of Adolf Hitler"29
if it believed the Holocaust did not happen. Paraphrasing prominent Holocaust
historian and Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt, he declares
that "the real purpose" of Holocaust denial is "to make
National Socialism an acceptable political alternative again."30
Since 1979, when Willis Carto founded the Institute for Historical Review
(IHR), a sizable Holocaust denial movement has surfaced. Holocaust deniers
make the mendacious claim that the account of Nazi genocide universally
accepted by legitimate historians is false, either in its entirety or
in most of its central facts. To support this claim, they distort and
even fabricate history.
Unlike Harold Covington, most in the Holocaust denial movement try hard
to mask the anti-Semitism underlying their claims. Instead, hoping to
make their views seem respectable, they pretend that their sole goal is
to "correct" the historical record. Posing as historians and
cloaking themselves in ersatz scholarship, the deniers claim that the
Holocaust is a Jewish fabrication, not the product of Nazi hatred.
Holocaust deniers' thousands of pages of propaganda on the Web, presented
as academic fact or in the guise of free and open "debate,"
take particular advantage of many Web users' difficulty distinguishing
between reputable and disreputable Web sites.
When ADL first reported on Holocaust denial Web sites in 1996, only three
existed: Greg Raven's IHR site, Bradley Smith's site for the Committee
for Open Discussion of the Holocaust Story (CODOH), and the Zündelsite,
which promotes the work of Canadian Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel. Today,
these sites are still among the most significant manifestations of Holocaust
denial on the Web, but have been joined by more than a dozen others, as
well as numerous sites with Holocaust-denial materials alongside other
Holcaust Denial: An Online Guide