The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering


Softcover book. 293 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78168-561-7
Stock Number: 0685

Powerful interests have hijacked “the Holocaust,” and use it to further their own interests, says the author of this provocative but carefully documented and persuasively argued study. “Organized Jewry,” writes Norman Finkelstein, “has exploited the Nazi holocaust to deflect criticism of Israel’s and its own indefensible policies.” The “Nazi genocide,” he also writes, “has been used to justify criminal policies of the Israeli state and US support for these policies.”

Jewish organizations in the US, he also contends, have used the plight of Holocaust survivors to extort staggering sums of money from the rest of the world. This is not done not for the benefit of needy survivors, the author explains, but for the financial advantage of these organizations. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, Finkelstein exposes the shakedown of European countries and legitimate Jewish claimants. "In recent years, the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket,” he writes.

This book is not about what happened to Europe’s Jews during the Second World War. It’s about the “industry” that has been built up to exploit the memory or portrayal of that episode of history for partisan interests.

With an index and source notes. For this second edition, important new and updated content has been added.

The author, himself the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors, taught political theory and the history of the Israel–Palestine conflict for many years. He is the author of eight books, which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions.

Finkelstein looks at how “the Holocaust” has come to play a major role in cultural, educational and even political life. "Annual days of remembrance of the Holocaust are a national event,” he notes. “All 50 states sponsor commemorations, often in state legislative chambers. The first question is why we have a federally mandated and funded Holocaust museum in the nation’s capital.” The author also recalls such Holocaust fraudsters as Jerzy Kosiński and Binjamin Wilkomirski, as well as the demagogic polemics of writers like Daniel Goldhagen.

“A subtext of the Holocaust uniqueness claim,” writes Finkelstein, “is that the Holocaust was uniquely evil. However terrible, the suffering of others simply does not compare."

This remakable book has generated wide interest and intense discussion. Jewish-Zionist groups and much of the Jewish and mainstream media have, not surprisingly, responded with bitter attacks against the author. But the book has also earned respect and praise. In a review, Z Magazine told readers: “Finkelstein should be credited for writing a well-researched book that can help shut down the Holocaust Industry when the public becomes aware of its dishonesty and its vulgar exploitation of Jewish suffering.”

“This is, in short, a lucid, provocative and passionate book,” concluded a review in The New Statesman. “Anyone with an open mind and an interest in the subject should ignore the critical brickbats and read what Finkelstein has to say.” The prestigious Times Higher Educational Supplement called this “a short, sharp, and copiously noted polemic.” And Britain’s daily Guardian called it “the most controversial book of the year.”

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