d e n y i n g t h e h o l o c a u s t
What is solid and can claim our attention as historically legitimate, and what is not? We need to be able to tell the two apart. Some historical thinking is so bad that it is like a three-dollar bill trying to make its way unnoticed through a bank. Do not take any threes for a two and a one.
There are patterns in bad historical thinking, and one rewarding way of getting a sense of what good History is, is to take a look at bad History. So, now is a good time to take a look at bad History to see what makes it so.
For our bad historical thinking, we have picked examples from websites that deny the existence of the Holocaust. We are not going to enter into an argument with the sites to prove there was a Holocaust. More scholarly and knowledgeable people have done that fully already. What interests us is the types of bad reasoning that are used to make a revisionist case denying the Holocaust in the face of so much evidence and documentation.
The Holocaust is one of the most documented and validated of historical events. To deny that it ever happened has to require the burying, ignoring, or distorting of a mountain of evidence. What we want to be able to identify as skeptical learners is these patterns of bad historical thinking.
Before going to our analysis, read through the key questions that Holocaust denier sites raise and the countering arguments from websites offering information about the Holocaust.
Below is a good source.