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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 2nd edition (Oct. 17 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185984488X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859844885
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

“[S]cathing in his denunciation of the institutions and individuals who have cropped up around the issue of reparations.”—New York Press

“The most controversial book of the year.”—The Guardian

“His basic argument that memories of the Holocaust are being debased is serious and should be given its due.”—The Economist

“Finkelstein’s downright pugilistic book delivers a wallop.”—LA Weekly

“Breathtaking in [its] angry accuracy and irony.”—The Jewish Quarterly

“A lucid, provocative and passionate book.”—New Statesman

About the Author

Norman G. Finkelstein is the author of A Nation on Trial (with Ruth Bettina Birn), named a notable book for 1998 by the New York Times Book Review, and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 23 2003
Format: Paperback
While people who have attacked Norman Finkelstein and his work are long on venom, lies and outright libel (more on that later), they are short on facts. Not one reviewer has contested the facts that:
1) The number of Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust has been exagerrated by those seeking to get money from Swiss and German banks. The Simon Wiesenthal Center even claimed that the Swiss put Jews into concentration camps during the war -an outright lie. This dishonesty has given neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers a lot of live ammunition to work with.
2) The money extorted from these banks hasn't gone to the survivors (including Finkelstein's late parents) even though it was supposedly collected for their benefit.
3) By constantly harping on the Nazi genocide, certain Jewish groups have not only cheapened the memory of those who were murdered, but they have also gone out of their way to denigrate the genocide inflicted on others. This has led to an obscene game of "My genocide was worse than yours!" The Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. even tried to erase any mention of the Gypsies! The Museum apparently was trying to do to the Gypsies in memory what the Nazis tried to do to them in the flesh.
4) Israel's apologists are quick to draw the "Nazi Card" when anyone protests Israel's atrocities against Palestinians and Lebanese.
Since no one can argue facts with Finkelstein, they resort to slander. The Anti-Defamation League even called Finkelstein a "Holocaust denier" in a letter sent to Georgetown University and reprinted on Finkelstein's website. Given the fact that the claim is an outright lie and that Finkelstein's parents are the only members of his extended family to survive the Shoah, it has to be the most disgusting smear to ever appear in print.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 18 2003
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Let me say a bit about myself. I'm an American Jew (living in Canada at the moment) whose grandparents are Nazi holocaust survivors. My entire family has been affected by the losses sustained during WWII, and the effects will no doubt persist for some time to come. This being said, I have absolutely no compunction in stating that this is one of the most important books of our time, and should be read by everyone, survivors included (indeed, I think they especially would agree with many of Dr. Finkelstein's conclusions). This book is a well-documented, well-argued thesis and a just indictment of the bigwigs who claim to represent me, my family, and my fellow Jews.
I should point out, as many reviewers have done already, that Finkelstein categorically does _not_ deny that the holocaust occurred! Those who would seek to attack him on these grounds are shameless apologists who have probably not taken the time to actually read what Dr. Finkelstein has to say.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Srebrenica Forever on May 13 2003
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By way of introduction, it needs to be stressed that Finkelstein by no means attempts to downplay or dismiss the importance of the holocaust. That Jews were subjected to unfathomable suffering in World War II is an irrefutable fact. Nonetheless, Finkelstein claims that Jewish suffering is being exploited by powerful Israeli lobbyists in the US. There is unequivocal evidence that Jewish "elites" exert enormous influence on the US government. According to Finkelstein, there are not many intellectuals who dare criticize Jews. Needless to say, any criticism directed at Jews automatically makes you an anti-semitist. When criticized, Jews frequently refer to Holocaust as a means to dismiss and reject constructive criticism. A few people dare criticize Jews as they might be accused of anti-semitism. In point of fact, Finkelstein claims that by using this insidious argument, powerful Jewish lobbyists in the US avoid being criticized and condemned. Some reviewers reject the idea of powerful Jewish "elites" in the US but Finkelstein provides strong evidence in support of his claim. The fact that the US government protects Israel in light of international criticism of Israel's belligerent war waging supports Finkelstein's theory. Needless to say, exploiting holocaust in this manner is an extremely malicious and calculated move. It is also an enormous disgrace for all the victims of the holocaust. Thus, Finkelstein's principal argument is that no one has the right to commit atrocities against innocent people and then attempt to justify these deeds by referring to one's past. Similar argument holds for murderers. The fact that many murderers were subjected to tremendous suffering in their childhood does not justify nor excuse their abominable actions. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who seeks a balanced and unbiased insight into the holocaust industry.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By southpaw68 on July 3 2004
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Finkelstein takes on the Holocaust industry with a tart-tongued wit. Reading it may make your eyebrows lift at the holocaust industry's narcissistic focus on the suffering of the Jews, which is "unique" according those running the Holocaust industry. A lot of the shakedowns for more money for the holocaust can be seen as just one ethnic groups' way of claiming more resources and power for themselves under the guise of being good humanitarians. Most of the money taken does not go to the few survivors left but is redirected unethically to the Jewish community and to politicized and biased holocaust education. Finkelstein is concerned that the industry may be increasing anti-semitism by behaving in such a way as to confirm stereotypes of Jews as being greedy liar lawyers. He however only criticizes the Jews of the powerful holocaust industry and not Jews as a whole.
I suppose though that all ethnic groups feel that their sufferings are special in some way and are emotionally attached to them. That could be a mitigating factor in any judgements against the industry. A lot of cries of injustice and for reparations are somewhat hypocritical since it seems all ethnic groups act amorally towards one another at times and will probably exploit the underdog group if given the chance and if they have enough power to do so. They seem to work hard to get enough power to do so. Reparations can be seen as a form of revenge.
Things weren't always this way with the nazi holocaust. Before Israel's winning of their war in the Middle East in 1967, there were better, more objective books written about the holocaust; some of which present a more universalist message that we could all learn more about ourselves from the holocaust and there wasn't much mention of Jewish suffering as being unique.
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