The Holocaust Industry Paperback – Oct 17 2003
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“[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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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.
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.
You'd think a topic this heavy would make this book hard to read. On the contrary, it's brief, concise, utterly coherent and easy to follow, and even funny, as Finkelstein has a fine sense of humor. A must read for all that follow current events.
Most recent customer reviews
A perspective on the Holocaust that you don't hear very often. Our leaders are afraid to mention anything that might rock the boat, therefore we are kept in the dark about a lot... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Andre Poitras
A well researched study of the Holocaust industry. Names all the major players and leaves one feeling that for sure there is something criminal going on.Published 13 months ago by James Ginn
Documented, meticulous, and honest : a scientific approach rooted in the social context that Dr. Finkelstein knows perfectly.
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A courageous Jew telling the truth on how the Zionists are using the Holocaust to justify the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland.Published 20 months ago by Issa Tawil
Great book that accounts for vicious tactics used by WJC to essentially extort money in the spirit of the fallen holocaust victims. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2013 by JustaPassenger
This book, is a damning relevance to modern history; in past present and future context(s). In a world so deliberately falsified, Dr. Read morePublished on June 19 2013 by James 'error' Campbell
It is not new, heard from here and there, some involved people where talking about it, but, never in a documented book form. Well-written, documented brave writing. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2012 by BELA MOLNAR
It is a well researched book and about an important, but not widely discussed topic - how the holocaust is politicized to gain money and favors for only one group of people. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2012 by inhapagan
I read this book back to back, including apendix.
The most thought provoking book I read in years.