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Die Holocaust Industrie das bedeutet f r Norman Finkelstein die moralische und finanzielle Ausbeutung j discher Leiden Seine Analyse ist zugleich eine leidenschaftliche Anklage Er wendet sich gegen die Interessenverb nde, die den Holocaust f r eigene Zwecke nutzen, h ufig auf Kosten der Opfer Er kritisiert die Verkitschung des Gedenkens, die die W rde der Opfer beleidigt Au erdem wirft er den USA und Israel vor, den Holocaust zu instrumentalisieren, um von eigenen Problemen abzulenken Mit seinen provokanten Thesen hat Finkelstein eine erbitterte Debatte ausgel st


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  1. Sue Sue says:

    Wow, what a book I had this book for a few months and, after seeing the author on a documentary about the Holocaust, bumped the book to the top of my To Read pile.This work discusses the Nazi holocaust the historical event and how the Holocaust capital H was created after Arab Israeli War in 1967 Finkelstein describes how organizations representing victims of Nazi brutality use tactics similar to those the Nazis used to get money from businesses, countries, and other groups that have any c Wow, what a book I had this book for a few months and, after seeing the author on a documentary about the Holocaust, bumped the book to the top of my To Read pile.This work discusses the Nazi holocaust the historical event and how the Holocaust capital H was created after Arab Israeli War in 1967 Finkelstein describes how organizations representing victims of Nazi brutality use tactics similar to those the Nazis used to get money from businesses, countries, and other groups that have any connection to Nazi Germany.I don t think a Gentile could have written this book without having a death warrant placed on him While I try to keep an open mind about anything and might not believe everything Finkelstein used as examples, I feel that if even half of what is in the book is true, that it s very, very sad The survivors and their descendants deserve the return of what was taken from them, but it should be their decision on what to do with any compensation, not groups who fought on their behalf in the courts but then use the settlement to pay for things in Israel or to fund some project of the group.This is a fairly short book and small, maybe 7 x 5 , and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Nazi holocaust, the Holocaust the created, emotionally charged ideological representation of the historical event , or any type of social justice should read it


  2. Margitte Margitte says:

    A short, vengeful, insightful, informative, rendition of The Holocaust Industry Eye opening, maybe, for some readers, but not so for others The reason being that Prof Finkesltein s information have been shared already by various other historians, who also lost their tenure, and were named and shamed for their Holocaust Denial One such victims was Prof Thomas Dalton Debating the Holocaust A New Look at Both Sides His book was banned in 57 countries Then there s Two Hundred Years T A short, vengeful, insightful, informative, rendition of The Holocaust Industry Eye opening, maybe, for some readers, but not so for others The reason being that Prof Finkesltein s information have been shared already by various other historians, who also lost their tenure, and were named and shamed for their Holocaust Denial One such victims was Prof Thomas Dalton Debating the Holocaust A New Look at Both Sides His book was banned in 57 countries Then there s Two Hundred Years Together by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn This book is still banned in most countries What a cruel irony The author struggled to get his other books smuggled out of Russia to become best sellers world wide, only to be hit by a new wave of restrictions by a different contingent of free speech oppressors in, what us all were forced to believe, a free democratic society I did not dare review this book Breaking the Spell The Holocaust, Myth Realityby Nicholas Kollerstrom.Prof Finkelstein s other book, Beyond Chutzpah On the Misuse of Anti Semitism and the Abuse of History , was another rendition of his sadness that s actually what it is with the current events in the American Jewish contingent It is actually a worldwide debate raging in the Jewish psyche Yet another of his controversial and much despised books, Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom , exposed, what is now regarded in many quarters of the world, as the biggest concentration camp in human history Other books, which received the same treatment The Master and Margaritaby Mikhail Bulgakov The Myth of German Villainy by Benton L Bradberry This book is so explosive that I did not venture into a review, but it is also the book strengthening Finkelstein s argument in The Holocaust Industry Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering Supported by impeccable research, including photos, this book turns everything we knew upside down.And on and on it goes A lot of muckraking went on to banish all these anti Semite Holocaust denying books from hitting the streets I ve read so many books on this issue lately, which I did not list on GR, that I will suffice with the ones I actually did mention on GR.About this book Prof Finkelstein addresses a few issues 1 The extortion of money from Germany and Switzerland 2 The lies and deceit surrounding the Jewish victims of WWII one famous example is the writings of Jerzy Kosinsky, regarded as a literary giant until his lies behind his Holocaust experience were exposed.I m addressing this issue in my review of his novel Being There There are sadly thousandsof these Holocaust myths being presented as the truth And nothing BUT the truth This reminds me of the quote by Mark E Levine You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough.3 The creation of The Holocaust brand after the Arab Israeli War of 1967 The brand enabled a small group of money grabbers to enrich themselves instead of the real Jewish victims of WWII Holocaust awareness, the respected Israeli writer Boas Evron observes, is actually an official, propagandistic indoctrination, a churning out of slogans and a false view of the world, the real aim of which is not at all an understanding of the past, but a manipulation of the present The Holocaust has proven to be an indispensable ideological weapon Through its deployment, one of the world s most formidable military powers, with a horrendous human rights record, has cast itself as a victim state, and the most successful ethnic group in the United States has likewise acquired victim status Considerable dividends accrue from this specious victimhood in particular, immunity to criticism, however justified Those enjoying this immunity, I might add, have not escaped the moral corruptions that typically attend it The current campaign of the Holocaust industry to extort money from Europe in the name of needy Holocaust victims has shrunk the moral stature of their martyrdom to that of a Monte Carlo casino. This short book is meticulously researched and copiously foot noted Excellent research concludes Prof Finkelstein s argument It depends on the reader what will be taken away from this information.Norman Finkelstein s parents were both holocaust survivors He has a dog in the fight He treasures and respect his background He is no Jew hater as so many anti Finkelstein prophets want to portray him He is passionate about the plight of the Palestinians He has an undisputed love for humanity Since his book Gaza created so much animosity in some circles, and it is a must read for anyone interested in the situation, I was wondering why the Palestinians don t sue the Israeli government for compensation, like The Holocaust managed to extort from anyone associated with the Nazis Wouldn t that be fair And what about all the survivors of WWI WWII who lost millions of family members in a war they did not start and did not want Britain lost almost their entire nobility The latter acted as leaders in the war Isn t it time for the Jewish organizations who financed these wars to start paying compensation That s my spark thrown onto this already raging fire Excerpt from The Myth of German Villainythe deciding influence in taking America into the war was the pressure on President Wilson by American Jewish financiers It was these powerful Jews who had financed Wilson s political career Without their financial and media support, he probably would never have become president These Jews exerted extreme pressure on Wilson to take the United States into the war on the side of Britain to ensure an Allied victory, in exchange for the Balfour Declaration which promised the Jews a homeland in Palestine after the war America s entry into the war was perhaps the greatest disaster in European history in its unintended consequences With the offer of the Zionists Jews to bring America into the war in hand, Britain rejected Germany s peace offer and decided to take the Zionists up on their proposition The British promised the Jews that if they could, indeed, bring America into the war, that Palestine would be theirs The Zionist Jews went to work immediately Prof Finkelstein s parents received 3500 compensation from the war They were regarded as Green Horns , unrefined and not worth the effort to be accepted into society There were many of these Green Horns who were exploited by lawyers and Jewish organizations to gain financially from The Holocaust Did this resentment fired up Finkelstein s irk to run over the American Jewish establishment He is raging against the injustice of it all Organized groups, such as the Anti Defamation League, shook down Europe, according to the author, via fraudulent claims, by extorting billions of dollars from Swiss and German Banks as well as government, in effect the German citizenry Seventy years of extortion paid by generation who never participated in the events In the end these groups, and the lawyers, only enriched themselves The Israeli situation is so complicated and should be considered from different angles, as I m sure are done where it matters I have empathy with all the people suffering, including the Jewish Palestinian citizens There s no right or wrong for me at least There s only tragedy and hope as far as I am concerned The most important though is freedom of speech And that right, as it originally appeared in a 1906 biography Friends of Voltaire by Beatrice Evelyn Hall, and wrongly attributed to Voltaire himself, must reign in all shapes and forms The book was written under a pseudonym, S G Tallentyre, so by the way From the book What the book could never have done for itself, or for its author, persecution did for them both On the Mind became not the success of a season, but one of the most famous books of the century The men who had hated it, and had not particularly loved Helv tius, flocked round him now Voltaire forgave him all injuries, intentional or unintentional What a fuss about an omelette he had exclaimed when he heard of the burning How abominably unjust to persecute a man for such an airy trifle as that I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it, was his attitude now. Just for interest s sake I respect Prof Finkelstein s right to freedom of speech There are a gazillion books on this raging debate This author is a dissenting voice His arguments are sound, whether the reader agrees with it or not.Would there have been a change in South Africa, if there were not a few million dissenting voicing from within the Afrikaner community who brought a different perspective, and new historical facts, to that particular debate within the enclave Would any change happen anywhere in the world if introspective, robust debate is not allowed among ourselves We have to listen to these voices History MUST HAVE different voices


  3. Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف says:

    Uncomfortable Reading Has anyone read Binjamin Wilkomirski s Fragments Or The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski Did you like those books Did you find yourself affected by either of them Perhaps they re on your favourite book shelf right now If any of the above is true for you, then I would advise you pick this book up The validity of these authors and their work is the tip of the iceberg in whatThe Holocaust Industry targets within its conseicse 171 pages.I ve been listening to Finkelst Uncomfortable Reading Has anyone read Binjamin Wilkomirski s Fragments Or The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski Did you like those books Did you find yourself affected by either of them Perhaps they re on your favourite book shelf right now If any of the above is true for you, then I would advise you pick this book up The validity of these authors and their work is the tip of the iceberg in whatThe Holocaust Industry targets within its conseicse 171 pages.I ve been listening to Finkelsteins strict analysis of Israeli policy for a few years now However, this is my first outing with the Professors written work It s not a random choice that I picked out this essay first he s written a fair few This book caused a riot when first released, and still the repercussions of it s criticisms and expo e of the so called Holocaust Industry hold relevance today After reading a few reviews of Finkelsteins other work on goodreads, I was expecting a fairly dry, difficult to diffuse, but ultimately intillectually satisfying book What I received instead, was a pretty amazing read with a damning indictment of a handful of people profiteering from the compensation money paid up by Germany and Switzerland for the horrors of the Holocaust Not only this, but Finkelstein makes some very poignant observations over the fact that the United States government could have equally shared blame for the same accusations the above countries received.His further critique of the ideology behind the holocaust in the United States is also very eye opening I won t press any further as it s a short book and deserves a readers full attention its available online via PDF , but Finkelstein is a moral force to be reckoned with I fear for any dishonest author intellectual who finds themselves caught in his sights and believe me when I say, there arethan a few he locks onto here Not only this, but he manages to be very funny at times, but only when mocking those who are dishonest in their claims and validity.Overal, It s a crushing attack I cant recommend books like this enough, as they ask the uncomfortable questions that others would turn their eyes away from Don t stand too close


  4. Clif Clif says:

    Norman Finkelstein is a phenomenon.He enrages people but he never speaks falsehoods Backing up his words with copious footnotes referencing the facts upon which he makes his statements, he marches like Sherman through Georgia, laying low everything in his path All dissemblers must flee before him because there is no rebuttal to the truth.He is the same in his public appearances, citing the works of the person he debates to turn that person s own words back upon him.This logical, relentless, dr Norman Finkelstein is a phenomenon.He enrages people but he never speaks falsehoods Backing up his words with copious footnotes referencing the facts upon which he makes his statements, he marches like Sherman through Georgia, laying low everything in his path All dissemblers must flee before him because there is no rebuttal to the truth.He is the same in his public appearances, citing the works of the person he debates to turn that person s own words back upon him.This logical, relentless, driving method is much needed in the area where he is an expert the terrible hypocrisy that is Israel.Being Jewish, with parents who were subject to the Holocaust and whose other relatives died in it, no one can say the man has no standing He has devoted his life to investigating and exposing the myths and falsehoods that crowd densely around the Jewish State His is a voice greatly needed in the United States, blind as this country is to the machinations of Zionists while subject to Zionist influence at all levels of government, industry and finance This country stands alone in supporting the decades old oppression that Israel exerts over the natives of Palestine the largest single factor in the deterioration of the prestige of the United States over the past 40 years.In this book, Finkelstein examines what can only be called the shakedown of Europe by organized Jewish groups, such as the Anti Defamation League, claiming to act in the name of the victims of the Holocaust but mainly working for their own enrichment It relates in detail how the Swiss banks and Germany were harassed into provide huge payments to the groups which they intended to use for themselves In this grand scheme, non Jewish victims of the Holocaust were scarcely mentioned, the number of Jewish victims was inflated, people who were nowhere near the death camps were included and the imaginative writing of people who claimed to be survivors of Nazi atrocities but weren t, are lauded as true accounts So bad was it that actual Holocaust victims sued the Jewish groups for the proceeds.As Finkelstein relates, United States banks were just as free in dealing in gold with Hitler s Germany as were the Swiss banks But since the Jewish groups who pressed for reparations were based in the United States and needed U.S clout to pressure the Europeans, American involvement with Nazi Germany never surfaced.As the Jewish organizations pushed for quick settlements in the name of survivors nearing death from old age and poor health, once the money was obtained the payouts were delayed for years by these same organizations as they successfully took much of the money for their own projects An impartial investigative team under Paul Voelker came up with the facts after three years of research but the Jewish organizations had already pressured the Swiss banks into a huge settlement before the Voelker report repudiated most of what had been claimed.It s a disgusting story, but very much in keeping with the story of Israel a state that wants the world to pity the plight of Jews in history while at the same time denying any sympathy due the native Palestinians that it rousted from their land at gunpoint.Israel exists only because of the Holocaust card that it has played relentless to this day Norman Finkelstein is a praiseworthy man who seeks to follow the truth wherever it leads and whoever it indicts.What is the lesson to be learned It is that any people who have protection to do wrong will do so Jews are people just like everyone else but the Holocaust has allowed some of them a free ride under the protection of the guilt of others and the horror of the event that intimidates people frightened that they might be called anti Semitic We are now witnessing this invisible protective force crumbling before the facts of Israeli behavior.Finkelstein s account of the lack of interest in the Holocaust or Israel by American Jews prior to the 1967 war is astounding and profound evidence of the construction of the Holocaust Industry from that time.Every one of us should first examine ourselves for fault before going after others This book is the work of someone who does so It is a quick read, infuriating, and should prompt any American reader to speak up against Israel and for the benighted Palestinians who have been part of the huddling masses the United States has resolutely ignored for over 60 years


  5. Charbel Charbel says:

    Norman Finkelstein is the son of two Holocaust survivors He is vocal against Israel s crimes against Palestinians, and is strongly opposed to using one of the worst tragedies in history to justify genocide His willingness to speak the truth without mitigation has put him in many difficult situations even leading him to lose his job as a university professor The Holocaust Industry, however, deals with a different subject In it, Finkelstein discusses how the nazi holocaust was used to service Norman Finkelstein is the son of two Holocaust survivors He is vocal against Israel s crimes against Palestinians, and is strongly opposed to using one of the worst tragedies in history to justify genocide His willingness to speak the truth without mitigation has put him in many difficult situations even leading him to lose his job as a university professor The Holocaust Industry, however, deals with a different subject In it, Finkelstein discusses how the nazi holocaust was used to service the greed of individuals and organisations with their own private agendas It s an intense read to say the least Finkelstein does not hold back Because of what his parents went through, particularly his mother, he takes this subject very personally He s not wrong to do so.The term Holocaust Industry is used to refer to this wide array of organisations and individuals who claim to be defenders of Jews and Holocaust victims, while in truth they only aim to serve their own interests According to Finkelstein, the Holocaust industry has spread the following false ideas into mainstream American culture 1 Gentiles have an inert hatred of Jews They possess an irrational need to spill Jewish blood.2 The Jews have suffered because they are superior to the Gentiles, and it s the Gentiles jealousy of the Jews that had created silent executioners during the Holocaust.3 The Holocaust is a unique event in history To even suggest that the suffering of any other group is just as tragic constitutes holocaust denial.4 To criticise Israel in any way is an act of anti Semitism, which will lead to a new Holocaust.One cannot say that Finkelstein is exaggerating since he offersthan enough support One citation after another, footnotes extendingthan half the page, some of the most detailed referencing that I have ever come across, only serve to strengthen his credibility that along with his outstanding academic achievements in political science.Finkelstein explores in depth how the Holocaust Industry demanded compensation from countries such as Switzerland and Germany several times over in the name of the actual survivors while, the survivors received very little Finkelstein s mother only recieved 3500 out of a deal that offered billions in compensation He explains how the money went to fund Jewish cultural projects that, instead of insuring the rights of the survivors or the heirs, only continued to serve the interests of a chosen few He also goes into great detail about the hypocrisy that lies behind the Industry s outcries and accusations of anti SemitismWhen Germans or Swiss refuse to pay compensation, the heavens cannot contain the righteous indignation of organised American Jewry but when Jewish elites rob Jewish survivors, no ethical issues arise it s just about moneypage 86.The quote refers to how actual Jewish survivors of the Nazi holocaust received very little from the monetary compensation, while the bulk went to financing various pet projects and individual payments to rabbis and outstanding Jewish leaders.Finkelstein also discusses the extortion of poor Eastern European countries by the Holocaust Industry right after the collapse of the Soviet Union The demands this time, unlike the many compensation demands against Germany and the Swiss banks, were not publicised as it might come off as grave robberyTo justify the pressures exerted on Eastern Europe, he Stuart Eizenstat explained that a hallmark of Western normality is to return or pay compensation for communal and private property wrongfully appropriated For the new democracies in Eastern Europe, meeting this standard would be to commensurate with their passage from totalitarianism to a democratic states Eizenstat is a senior US government official and a prominent supporter of Israel Yet, judging by the respective claims of Native Americans and Palestinians, neither the US nor Israel has yet made the transitionpage 134.Finkelstein has been criticised as a self hating Jew However, the truth could not bedifferent It is his unwillingness to accept the exploitation of his heritage, and his parents suffering, that motivates him to speak If anything, it is his self respect as a Jew that has driven him to take up this position In conclusion, The Holocaust Industry is a must read for anyone interested in learningthan the superficial on this topic People like Finkelstein care about the truth they deserve to be heard


  6. Krzysztof Krzysztof says:

    When you start a book like this, you sort of go, Jeeze, I almost hope I don t like it, because you know if you do, you re going to have to explain yourself And, confound it, I liked it.I want to conflate a couple of the points from the letters section of this book with an anecdote of my own In 2005, while I was living in China, the whole of China became incensed at yet another inaccurate history textbook published in Japan The text described the Nanjing Massacre a.k.a The Rape of Nanking When you start a book like this, you sort of go, Jeeze, I almost hope I don t like it, because you know if you do, you re going to have to explain yourself And, confound it, I liked it.I want to conflate a couple of the points from the letters section of this book with an anecdote of my own In 2005, while I was living in China, the whole of China became incensed at yet another inaccurate history textbook published in Japan The text described the Nanjing Massacre a.k.a The Rape of Nanking as The Nanjing Incident In response, the Chinese government mobilized college students They took to the streets, chucked bottles at the Japanese embassy, and called for a worldwide boycott of Japanese goods Around the same time, I d attempted to set up an information booth charity collection for the genocide in Darfur a genocide, it should be noted, that the Chinese government helped to arm in exchange for oil The response was supreme indifference They claimed that they d love to help but, pitifully, there were too many Chinese citizens in need of help first Why, I asked, is the rest of the world meant to care about a massacre that occured 70 years ago when you don t care about a genocide ocurring right now It s because people are consumed by this implicit belief that they really are special OUR pain is greater THIS crime is unprecedented And so on and so forth And when you feel you ve been wronged, you can justify any theft or crime of your own I ve seen this attitude elsewhere in the world, too Apologies are rarely recognized and when they are, they re not enough Generations of people cling to the idea of reparations, no doubt because it s tough getting by in this world and people will take what they can get But perpetuating guilt perpetuates conflict It s terribly short sighted.This is part of what Finklestein tries to point out about Israel and it s important that he does Communities need dissent from within God forbid you re an outsider Look at what they re saying about Gunter Grass Suddenly Grass is an anti semite and banned from Israel, despite his belief in the right to a Jewish nation All anyone can do now is point out that he d served in the Waffen SS Well, so did the Pope If even a bad poem can get their panties in a bunch, clearly they need to hear from dissenting Jews Of course, then they just say that he s a self hating Jew The larger Jewish community has sealed itself off from valid criticism Plenty of other groups do the same Remember when Bill Cosby had some hard words for the black community in America Oh, how they were pissed He d betrayed them And what would the white people think when they heard him talk like that Do you remember what he said He said and I m paraphrasing , I don t care what the white people will say I m not talking to the white people I m talking to YOU His point, obviously, is that you can t worry about how others might twist the argument You have to deal rationally with what you know So, yes, white supremecists loved Cosby s criticism Sure, radical Palestinian factions adore Grass s poem And of course neo Nazis have clung to Finklestein s arguments, but you just can t let that affect your thinking Do they have a point or don t they Of course, Finklestein needs to be kept in check, too At the end of the documentary American Radical, Finklestein tells the Palestinian media that he believes there is hope and that that hope is Hezbollah That made me wince a little I don t agree, but I do get why he has such an extreme reaction to bullying.First they laughed at Finklestein, calling him unbalanced Then they banned him from Israel like children in tree houses , and next All truth passes through three stages First, it is ridiculed Second, it is violently opposed Third, it is accepted as self evident Arthur SchopenhauerLet s hope we all see jingoism for what it is, very soon


  7. Abdulaziz Fagih Abdulaziz Fagih says:

    The Holocaust Industry By Dr Norman G Finkelstein ll divide my review into sections so you can skip what you don t want to read in this review a About the writer the first time I heard about Norman was 6 moth ago I was watching a clip where he was arguing a point with TV program host who had the same opinion as me after watching the clip I was amazed and fascinated with the compelling argument of Dr Finkelstein The Holocaust Industry By Dr Norman G Finkelstein ll divide my review into sections so you can skip what you don t want to read in this review a About the writer the first time I heard about Norman was 6 moth ago I was watching a clip where he was arguing a point with TV program host who had the same opinion as me after watching the clip I was amazed and fascinated with the compelling argument of Dr Finkelstein and this rarely happen with me as I reach my conclusion and opinion based on careful study Dr.Finkelstein is an amazing researcher and well trained political scientist He has an admirable sense of justice and moral value His parents were holocaust survivors the rest of his families were not as fortunate and none of them survived b About the book 1 Research and referencing this where Norman truly shine I spent reading about reference in the footnotethan reading the actual book of course if your not interested in reading them you can skip them and just read the actual book As for the research this book is full of an amazing amount of relevant information and compelling evident of his conclusion 2 The content The main idea of the book is about the deprivation of the Holocaust survivor by the American Jewish organization from there rights in the compensation obtained from the Swiss banks and Germany and other country on there suffering and how these organization used the suffering of the holocaust victim to black mail the Swiss bank and Germany form there own self interest with the help of the American Government and the former President Clinton 3 The 1st edition and 2nd edition addition Dr Finkelstein added a lot of important research on the Swiss banks issue that almost equals in amount to the actual book content 4 Writing style its trade book so the writer presents the subject by introducing the conclusion and documented with the evidence throughout the book Sometimes the writer use the famous Hyake style to give the writing little pit of flavor which mistaken by some as an angry or sarcastic tone C Book criticism 1 Some of those who s Norman quoted in the book claimed that he miss quoted them or selectively quoted them but they failed to give even one example of these claims even when they been asked to do so and if you checked the book yourself you will find no basis for these claims 2 Some accused the book of having an angry tone and that because the writer sometimes used the famous Hayek style to give the writing little pit of flavor which some mistaken it to be angry or sarcastic tone and you can see after finishing the book there are no basis for these claims 3 Some accused the book content of being just a propaganda if you read the book you will find that the amount of facts and information dismiss such claims and those who claimed such thing failed to prove there claims when asked to 4 The only thing I think Norman should have changed is the title The Holocaust Industry which in my opinion caused a lot of people to judge the book without reading it


  8. Mr. Mr. says:

    Unlike the precision of research that his characteristic of Norman Finkelstein when it comes to the issue of the Israel Palestine conflict, The Holocaust Industry is a disorganized and ultimately spotty work of political science Finkelstein s aim is to present an anatomy and an indictment of the Holocaust industry, meaning the subsequent exploitation of the historical tragedy that was the Holocaust for political and financial ends The book is composed of three basic sections, Capitalizing Unlike the precision of research that his characteristic of Norman Finkelstein when it comes to the issue of the Israel Palestine conflict, The Holocaust Industry is a disorganized and ultimately spotty work of political science Finkelstein s aim is to present an anatomy and an indictment of the Holocaust industry, meaning the subsequent exploitation of the historical tragedy that was the Holocaust for political and financial ends The book is composed of three basic sections, Capitalizing the Holocaust, Hoaxers, Huxters, and History, and The Double Shakedown Chapter one deals with the evolution of American awareness of the Holocaust as an event throughout the course of the post war era In it, Finkelstein alleges that the Holocaust was basically not discussed in America prior to the June 67 war in Israel The majority of his arguments here are quite correct, though the general thrust of the argument is borrowed heavily from Peter Novick s book, The Holocaust in American Life, which Finkelstein cites as a major influence but not a radical critique 5 In this section, Finkelstein oscillates between sharp political analysis and careless ranting He includes bizarre footnotes to designate his terminology such as footnote 7 on pg 13, which states In this text, Jewish elites designates individuals prominent in the organizational and cultural life of the mainstream Jewish community Unfortunately for Finkelstein, this is not really a proper organization which can be referred to on a whim It are these kinds of generalizations which severely limit the quality and veracity of the arguments presented Chapter 2 deals with the apparent influx of fraudulent Holocaust literature which has inundated the American public with pro Israeli propaganda Finkelstein discusses hoaxes like Wilkomirsky s Fragments, and Kosinsky s The Painted Bird, and rails on Elie Wiesel for charging for his lectures While it is true that many individuals have turned a profit off of the Holocaust in this way particularly in recent years , this argument remains entirely too reductive What about the excellent and serious minded work of Primo Levi, Ruth Kluger, and Paul Celan Are these artists and historians trying to capitalize off of the Holocaust as well At what point does an author become a Holocaust Huxter The problem with this line of argumentation is that it lumps individuals into one enormous category that they may not necessarily deserve The final chapter is the strongest of the book Finkelstein ruthlessly scrutinizes the actions of the WJC in their claims against Swiss and German banks for Holocaust Survivors He has documented a record of falsification that is difficult to believe After winning the European monies at an inflated sum , the relevant organizations subsequently refused to distribute the money to the actual Holocaust survivors This is a difficult topic to stomach, and it raises many troubling questions However, Finkelstein s evidence in these final sections is a valuable resource The Holocaust Industry suffers from its polemicist ravings and broad generalizations At the heart of it is an important issue, namely the issue form of historiography and memory regarding the Holocaust and other outrageous acts of genocide Finkelstein is angry that the Holocaust has apparently been elevated above all human suffering, and he is angry that individuals have positioned themselves in such a way as to capitalize off of this horrible tragedy Yet his work deteriorates in his tendency to rant and rave, as well as his frequent use of generalized and unsupported claims Near the end of the book, Finkelstein writes that The abnormality of the Nazi holocaust springs not from the event itself but from the exploitative industry that has grown up around it 150 Are there no other instances of the exploitation of human tragedy I am inclined to cite 9 11 and the U.S.S.R under Stalin as other examples of the same phenomenon


  9. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    I admire Finkelstein s intent in this book He s trying to show how the various foundations and institutions which now claim to represent the Holocaust and its victims have become self serving profit centers, using historical guilt as a way of filling their own coffers first and foremost That human institutions tend to perpetuate themselves by hook or crook is a conclusion that shouldn t shock most people at this point in history, but maybe I m just too cynical.That being said, this is kind o I admire Finkelstein s intent in this book He s trying to show how the various foundations and institutions which now claim to represent the Holocaust and its victims have become self serving profit centers, using historical guilt as a way of filling their own coffers first and foremost That human institutions tend to perpetuate themselves by hook or crook is a conclusion that shouldn t shock most people at this point in history, but maybe I m just too cynical.That being said, this is kind of a disaster His assertions about the way U.S Israeli relations changed from 1948 through to the present is unsubstantial, narrow minded, and cherry picks what ultimately seems like rather trivial data It s an insult to reduce ANY two nations relations to such a small minded framework This is a historical topic which demands an entire volume unto itself trying to cram it into a short chapter in a 150 page book is ludicrous.Further, he spends far too much time going after people like Jerzey Kosinski, Elie Weisel, etc, Holocaust writers who have either deceived with their writing Kosinksi or whose personal political beliefs about what constitutes genocide look increasingly naive offensive in the Post War era Weisel Attacking sacred cows might be fun, but ultimately attacking an individual for being crass and hypocritical is a child s game compared to the work of clearly showing malfeasance and corruption in institutions themselves Finkelstein s section on the World Jewish Congress suit against Swiss banks for survivor money is muddled, poorly written and seemslike a personal rant than a cool, clear headed critique of the organizations and ideas at play A topic this divisive and potent deserves a deeply well researched, deeply rational approach placed in a meaningful historical context I appreciated Finkelstein s passionate anger over the issue, but this is a topic which demandsthan spleen to make it comprehensible


  10. Syed Zulfaqar Syed Zulfaqar says:

    Everybody loves conspiracy theory This book seems like one huh Yes, this book fell on same heavy criticism just look at the title on promoting a conspiracy theory But if you want to make sense of the theories, with footnotes and citations, proofs and facts, this book surely deserve a treat For a clarification, in this book the author used two different terms, Nazi holocaust and The Holocaust Nazi holocaust referring to the historical event and The Holocaust refer to its capitalization lat Everybody loves conspiracy theory This book seems like one huh Yes, this book fell on same heavy criticism just look at the title on promoting a conspiracy theory But if you want to make sense of the theories, with footnotes and citations, proofs and facts, this book surely deserve a treat For a clarification, in this book the author used two different terms, Nazi holocaust and The Holocaust Nazi holocaust referring to the historical event and The Holocaust refer to its capitalization later turns industry.In the words of the author Although the explanatory value of conspiracy theories is marginal, this does not mean that, in the real world individuals and organizations don t strategize and scheme To believe otherwise is no less naive than to believe that a vast conspiracy manipulates worldly affairs Now, I want to make some remarks about the book 1 How the Holocaust becomes center staged in the world.The author express a strange phenomena of when the holocaust started to be capitalized The industry come about is post 1967 Arab Israeli war Thus the capitalization was not because of the Israel s alleged weakness and isolation, not the fear of a second holocaust but rather its proven strength and strategic alliance with the US that led them gearing up the industry It is a power consideration This consideration enable their long commited crimes to be masked in the slogan of we are the actual victims all this long and it enables nobilization of the pursuit of their cause that is to find a just redemption of horrific past crimes put on them i.e In the planet of Israel, they are no other victims except the jews.2 US Israel relationship.No doubt about it US president, senior officials etc has long been heavily lobbied to become a strong supporter and ally of Jewish groups and Israel This book explores, US Israel hypocrisy, and how both benefited from each other It now seems odd to put only Israel in trial of mass crimes against the world without having the US sitting with them in the same benches.3 Two premises of the Holocaust Industry1 Holocaust as a categorically unique historical event2 Holocaust marks the climax of an irrational, eternal Gentile non jews hatred of Jews.With these two dogmas, Holocaust is being marketed to be unchallengeable, an unparallele event in the course of history To stay otherwise is to be charged as a holocaust denier This establishment is important for the industry to further and put forward its agenda The author put forwards several arguments against these dogmas that worth to be read.4 Getting organizedYou cannot but praised the Jews for their strong organizations The organizations have successfully turns the table game and they overwhelmingly profited directly from the Holocaust Industry throuse thes startups Through setups, they managed to gather compensation moneys by, in the author word blackmailing countries that becomes the safe havens for Jewish money during the holocaust era by pressing charges that the countries were denying the survivors and the heirs their money back mostly eastern european This is actually the central theme of the book The deprivation of the true holocaust survivors of their compensation money by the large strong, US backed Jewish organizations that self proclaimed themselves as the official representatives for the needy survivors that later profited them for their self interests.5 Zionist Jewish long standing hypocrisyYou might dislike when peoples of religious background turns to you, throwing this mass accusations of Jewish hypocrisy in history If then you like a secular version of it, this is one for you.6 Commitment to various projects and educationAnother trait that deserved to be exampled and praised The Jewish Organizations, that allegedly reported of mishandling billion of funds they gathered by compensating the holocaust survivors from European countries, surely cleverly act even in mishandling it They put commitment to fund various projects, such as memorials, museum, educational programs, not to mention to the new born illegitimate state of Israel It is reported in US when the industry started to flourish there arethan 1000 academic publications on the topic of holocaust That was how dedicated they were The power of education 7 Self created AntisemitismAs I had mentioned above, the Jewish Organizations profited by blackmailing European countries by allegations such as deny entry of refugees into their country during holocaust era and mishandling of holocaust victims money whom deposited their money to the countries as a safeguard from holocaust With manipulation of facts and numbers, they managed to pull out billions, 1.25 billion from Swiss for example And then they reported a rise in antisemitism in the European countries And the fact is that it is still rising till today, now, worldwide Should we say to them, you dont t say I would certainly say that this is my very brief remarks on the book Do not misjudged the book by its title, take the book and read.Onething, the book is written free from any reactive and emotional sentiments The goal is not to marginalize and hate the Jews but to expose the marginal jewish zionist that have long exploited and tarnished the sufferings of Jewish people