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Friday, January 8, 2010

The Chemistry of Holocaust Denial

This post is an opportunity to collect in one place some of the articles I've written on Holocaust Denial. I have not been actively involved with this topic in years. The deniers may have additional pseudo-arguments of which I am not aware, but I think as a whole the articles stand.

In 2001, I wrote an Expert Report to support the defense of Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books against the libel accusations of David Irving.

David Irving had sued Deborah Lipstadt in the UK for libel because of the fact that she identified him as a Holocaust denier, Hitler apologist, distorter of history, antisemite and racist in her book Denying the Holocaust. It should be noted that Lipstadt did not choose the legal system as the place to fight this battle. By suing her for libel, Irving threatened her right of free speech as well as the accuracy of the historical record. As a US citizen, Lipstadt could have conveniently ignored the suit and relied on the protections of the US First Amendment. Instead, she courageously rose to the challenge, deciding that UK legal precedent is of historical importance. She defended herself using the defense of justification. Her book was not libel because it was true. She won the suit, Mr. Justice Gray found that the defense of justification was in fact a valid one.

Irving appealed the decision and Lipstadt won again.

Much of the work of that report was a refinement of an article I wrote with Jamie McCarthy called Chemistry is not the Science: Rudolf, Rhetoric, and Reduction

See also the postscript to that article.

I also wrote an earlier article called The Chemistry of Auschwitz

The Holocaust History Project is an excellent resource on Holocaust denial.


Wahrheit said...

Hello Dr. Green,

Don't wish to bother you, but is there any chance that I could have your advice and assistance on a more technical issue for a comprehensive response to Aktion Reinhard denial? The work is part of a project undertaken by the Holocaust Controversies blogcrew, who could vouch for my sincerity on the matter. Would just like to go over some ideas and thoughts with you to get your feedback/help.

If you are up for it, and have the time, please shoot me an email at: wahrheitseeker @

(all one word of course, don't wish to get anymore spam)

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,
Jason Myers

Rich said...

I just sent you an e-mail.