Holocaust Deniers: Denying The Historical Record

History states that six million Jewish people, including one and a half million children, were murdered by the Nazi regime between the years 1941-1945. Despite the historical facts to the contrary, there are still people who deny that the Holocaust occurred.

One such person is a German citizen – 87-year-old Ursula Haverbeck. She’s kept courts busy for years in various towns and cities across the country.

Despite her age, she manages to cause chaos in courtrooms. She is, not surprisingly, a favorite of the political far-right.

Repeatedly, public prosecutors have investigated allegations of incitement leveled against the woman.

In her belief, Auschwitz was a labor camp, not an extermination camp, and the genocide of the Jews is a historically sustained lie.

David Irving is another thorn in the side of the media, judiciary, historians, and politicians given his theories about the Holocaust in particular and World War II in general.

The author of more than 30 historical books about the National Socialist era, he achieved notoriety in 1963 claiming, citing fake documents, that the fire-bombing of Dresden took more lives than was officially stated.

He contends Hitler was ignorant of the efforts to eradicate the Jews.

Still another denier is Roman Catholic bishop Richard Williamson. As recently as the 1980s, he denied gas chambers in concentration camps existed.

The penalty for deniers is different from country to country. Since the United States guarantees freedom of speech and the right to disagree, as in Great Britain, they feel they have the right to dissent and contest the genocide of Jews, DW.com reported.

Austria since 1992 has punished deniers. Two years previously, France also made it an offense.

The law is different in Spain. The Spanish constitutional court in 2007 ruled that the law against Holocaust denial violated freedom of speech,

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE