Antisemitism pp 175-212 | Cite as

Denying the Holocaust

A Neo-Nazi Mythology
  • Marvin Perry
  • Frederick M. Schweitzer

Abstract

For two millennia scurrilous myths about Jews abounded in Christian lands. We have seen how the medieval Christian myth of the Jew as Satan’s agent conspiring to destroy Christendom helped spawn the modern nationalist myth of a Jewish cabal plotting to rule the planet. This myth and others about Jews, including their racial inferiority, were widely believed by many people and unashamedly propagated by members of the cultural elite— all this in a scientific age that had experienced the critical spirit of the Enlightenment. The Nazis employed these myths to justify their war against the Jews: They were cleansing Europe of parasitical subhumans who threatened the fatherland. The zeal and brutality displayed by both the SS and ordinary Germans involved in the extermination process attest to the immense impact these myths had on people’s thinking.

Keywords

Europe Diesel Gasoline Cyanide Smoke 

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  • Frederick M. Schweitzer

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