60 years ago today: The liberation of Bergen-Belsen
More evidence of Nazi brutality was to come, as Allied troops would find more such camps. Unfortunately, as the survivors with first-hand experience of these horrors inevitably age and die off in increasing numbers, Holocaust denial by those who either shared Hitler's anti-Semitism or who have other reason to want to rehabilitate the image of fascist political belief systems is becoming more and more of a problem. I wish I could be as optimistic as eminent historian Sir Martin Gilbert, who believes that "the tireless gathering of facts about the Holocaust will ultimately consign the deniers to history." According to Sir Gilbert:
The number of deniers and the amount of denial literature is miniscule compared with the serious literature, not only the memoirs but the history books, the specialist books, and books which cater for every age group on the Holocaust.He's absolutely right about the enormous amount of serious literature about the Holocaust that utterly overwhelms the weak and distorted attempts at "historical revisionism" by Holocaust deniers. I hope he's right that this literature will ultimately consign Holocaust deniers to a status as historical oddities. However, I fear that it is more likely that, as survivors inevitably die, there will be fewer and fewer with the personal commitment to refuting their lies and more people who do not know enough about the Holocaust to recognize their lies for what they are. Given how poor the average American's knowledge of history is, most people don't have the background to recognize denier lies for what they are. To them, unfortunately, the lies can seem plausible.
There is a tremendous range of stuff and some of it is written for young people and teenagers - in that sense the Holocaust deniers have totally lost out.