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The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering

Norman Finkelstein

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Verso
28 January 2015
History; General & world history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; The Holocaust
In an iconoclastic and controversial study, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an interrogation of the place the Holocaust has come to occupy in American culture to a disturbing examination of recent Holocaust compensation agreements. It was not until the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, when Israel's evident strength brought it into line with US foreign policy, that memory of the Holocaust began to acquire the exceptional prominence it enjoys today. Leaders of America's Jewish community were delighted that Israel was now deemed a major strategic asset and, Finkelstein contends, exploited the Holocaust to enhance this newfound status. Their subsequent interpretations of the tragedy are often at variance with actual historical events and are employed to deflect any criticism of Israel and its supporters. Recalling Holocaust fraudsters such as Jerzy Kosinski and Binjamin Wilkomirski, as well as the demagogic constructions of writers like Daniel Goldhagen, Finkelstein contends that the main danger posed to the memory of Nazism's victims comes not from the distortions of Holocaust deniers but from prominent, self-proclaimed guardians of Holocaust memory. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, he exposes the double shakedown of European countries as well as legitimate Jewish claimants, and concludes that the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket. Thoroughly researched and closely argued, The Holocaust Industry is all the more disturbing and powerful because the issues it deals with are so rarely discussed. In a devastating postscript to this best-selling book, Norman G. Finkelstein documents the Holocaust industry's scandalous cover-up of the blackmail of Swiss banks, and in a new appendix demolishes an influential apologia for the Holocaust industry.
By:   Norman Finkelstein
Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781781685617
ISBN 10:   1781685614
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   28 January 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Norman G. Finkelstein taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict for many years. He is the author of eight books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions, including: What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion, Goldstone Recants: Richard Goldstone Renews Israel's License to Kill, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, mage and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Reviews for The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering

The most controversial book of the year. - Guardian His basic argument that memories of the Holocaust are being debased is serious and should be given its due. - Economist If his indictment is a true one, it should prompt prosecutions, sackings, protest. The book shouts scandal. It is a polemic, communicated at maximum volume. - The Times


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