In Iran, the Islamic government recently sponsored a conference denying the Holocaust. In Slovakia, a Catholic archbishop has said that the period from 1939 through 1945 — when 70,000 Slovakian Jews were sent to death camps — was a period of “well-being” for the country. In Ukraine, an American Jewish survivor of the Holocaust restored a Jewish cemetery in the town of his childhood. A local mob put up three huge crosses on the cemetery six years ago — and they are still there.
Across the globe, the historical record of the Holocaust — the planned genocide of six million European Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II — is under attack. Despite mountains of evidence — death camps and mass graves, records collected by the Nazis, thousands of interviews with survivors — the deniers continue their campaign to erase or to blur history.
Some have stood against this tide — Emory University’s Deborah Lipstadt famously stood trial for libel against a Holocaust denier and she won. But not everyone must follow this example of courage.