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Amazon Sued Over Holocaust Denial Books

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The American Jewish Committee filed a lawsuit Friday against Amazon-Germany for selling books it says question the Holocaust and "trivialize" the Nazis.

The AJC says there are about 50 titles available on Amazon.de that question the Holocaust and promote Nazis.

Deidre Berger
Deidre Berger

Some of the books, the AJC says, are labeled by German authorities as being inappropriate for those under 18.

"It is unacceptable that books are for sale on Amazon.de that normally are only available under the counter in far-right extremist shops," said AJC-Berlin director Deidre Berger.

"We cannot let the spread of Internet sales erode laws that ban Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred of minorities in Germany."

A spokeswoman for Amazon Germany denied it sold any books that were banned or not suitable for those under 18.

"We think that the best response to questionable literature is not removing them but more discussion," a spokeswoman told AFP.

The AJC says the goal of the suit is to get Amazon-Germany to reexamine the books it sells and to remove the books that promote holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

Denial of the Holocaust is a crime in Germany, punishable by up to five years in prison.
 

Amazon Sued Over Holocaust Denial Books
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  • WHY are the Jews Driven Out.

    For Thousands of years Jews have been Driven out.
    No One will answer the the question – WHY ?
    I Challenge you to Answer this question TRUTHFULLY Without being a Wise Guy.

    • Guest

      To answer this question one have to just look at recent news.

      I will understand why Hiltler hated Jews.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aBblMZUVJ6To

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      July 23 (Bloomberg) — The mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, New Jersey, and five rabbis were among 44 people charged by the U.S. with public corruption and money laundering.

      Prosecutors charged the men in a series of criminal complaints detailing the allegations. Ben Haim was accused of laundering $1.5 million through the undercover witness, who said he

      • John

        So because some people do something wron you think that justifies Hitler hating Jews??? What if they had been Mormons? Would that justify killing all Mormons?

        Ignorance at its worst.

        • Guest

          What about Bernie Madoff.Now body in the history of the world was able to pull out such a big scam (& of course he is Jewish).

          How many more members of of the tribe you need as example ?

          • Guest

            So you can’t think of any non-Jewish people who are corrupt, commit fraud, extort money etc. etc. etc.

            Of course, anyone can make a case against something by picking and choosing examples that fit their opinion. That is not the same as looking at evidence and forming your opinion from that.

    • Lilly

      Good question.
      One thing’s for sure: it is not because of religion. Otherwise you would have an identical situation with Muslims, Hindus, etc. And it is most certainly not on the basis of “race”. Obviously other racial groups such as African or Asian people would be impacted far worse if that were the case.

      In my opinion, it could very well be BECAUSE OF censorious tactics like these book banning efforts (there are also bans of videos at YouTube thanks to the ADL).
      And there has been distrust fostered in the past milennium because of the “Kol Niddre” (look it up in your search engine).

      But historically I think it was because of the tendency to grab control of the money system in the various countries and charge exorbitant interest rates.

  • David

    Shame on ex-journalist Deidre Berger.

    What standing does the American Jewish Committee have
    sue Amazon in Germany?

    Who are you to tell us what is “acceptable” or “unacceptable”
    in the books we might want to read?
    Thanks Deidre but I think I will pick my own books.

    Hurray for Amazon- Hang in there!
    A spokeswomen for Amazon pointed out,
    “We think that the best response to questionable literature is not removing them but more discussion,”

    • WHY are the Jews Driven out? ANSWER THE QUESTION.

      The Jews are HIDING something.
      They Cannot silence the world’s documented experience.
      They must NEVER silence the World.
      Shine the Light BRIGHTLY.

    • Guest

      You may be right, they do not have to say what is acceptable or not BUT you should know better than this. Saying that the haolocoust did not happen is like saying that the world is flat. Supporting those people in the name of freedom of speech is like permitting the assasins of your relatives to publish (and profit) from a book on the assasination. Let’s face it, you know very well that your opposition to the AJC is in fact a show of support for the Nazis and a sublimed form of racism. Shame on you!

      • Gordon

        Ah yes, the “racism” accusation again. So someone is a racist if they even QUESTION a dogma forced down their throat since they first learned to speak. A dogma which has some very troublesome evidence against its being true.

        Has it ever occurred to you that if the holocaust story was so manifestly true, then Jews would have long ago answered the simple questions of people like Professors Zundel, Rudolph, Irving, Toben, and Faurrison …instead of just calling them names ?

  • http://energielibera-freeenergy.blogspot.com/ MANOLIU VALENTIN

    Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent, participated in the coup d’Etat of 1989 in Romania.
    Christiane Amanpour, the CIA agent and member of the international criminal and terrorist BILDBERG.
    Christiane Amanpour, ask: WHERE IS MY VOTE?
    But where are the votes of the Romans for 20 years?
    In romania national robbery is 20 years with the state institutions of the Jews and Romans are thrown in the street without service, salary, house and family indented. They got to sleep on the streets and canals of the garbage and eat with rats and bugs.
    HOLOCAUST Jewish propaganda and lies.
    Crimes, revoltele popular uprisings, strikes and wars of the Jewish state after 1944, military attack against Egypt, Syria, YUGOSLAVIEI, PALESTINE, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, Romania 1989 HOW are known as crimes committed in these actions MILITARY?
    CRIME AGAINST HUMAN

  • Guest

    You can not judge all jews on what 5 people are said to have done. In addition, I can assure you that all jews are upset about that news themselves.

    Every religion in the world has had there share of bad news. Christians, Muslims, etc.

  • Guest

    Congratulations Mike Sachoff for fair reporting. This has brought the rabid anti-Semites out of the woodwork as one can expect. Jews are human beings. Jews make mistakes and are not perfect – just like other peoples. Yes they have crooks like every other nation – the world does not hate the Italians because the Mafia are Italian. The world does not hate the Russians because of the ex-KGB Russian mafia, or the Latin Americans because of the drug lords. The world does not hate today’s Germans because of Hitler. Jews have been persecuted for 2000 years because they refused to join the Roman or Greek or Christian religions. Simple. Wherever they converted, they were accepted, and plenty of people have Jewish ancestry they don’t know about or won’t admit. Jews have kept a strong religious and cultural identity unlike many other peoples who have dwindled away through assimilation. These commentators should be ashamed of themselves – they are only proving that the mental disease of irrational, bigoted, rabid Jew-hatred – in other words racism plain and simple – still exists in the face of all reason.

    • Guest

      Well put!!! Chazak!!!

    • Lilly

      It’s a little late to be trying to equate Holocaust skepticism with “antisemitism” my friend.
      First of all,
      there is a YouTube showing a powerful figure in Israel remarking that anyone opposed to Israeli policies should be labelled an “antisemite” and that will usually shut them up. There was also a recent article in Haaretz (Jewish newspaper) about the Jewish internet defense team, a team of people paid to appear on blogs and act as though they are ordinary citizens voicing outrage and spitting bile at anyone who might step over the line and question the holocaust or the international banks, or Israeli aggression.

      News flash: game over. I could NOT care less if anyone calls me an antisemite, so take your name calling elsewhere.

      Second,
      why do you call people racists if you think they don’t like Jews? I thought Jews were offended when people called them a “race”: Anytime a non-Jew speaks of Jews as a race, he usually gets corrected and the Jew tells him it is only Hitler who calls Jews a race, Jews are a religion, etc. etc.
      Look,
      instead of trying to demonize or criminalize anyone who is enough of an “antisemite” to generate perfectly sensible questions about the holocaust story, why don’t you just try answering the questions ?
      Wouldn’t that make a lot more sense ??
      You can find these questions asked in respectable ways all over the internet, and the only response they get is very hateful name calling.

    • Pissed_Off_Goy

      The holohoax is a house of cards thas why it needs laws to protect it BTW You have spouted so many myths in your post there’s no doubt in my mind that you are either a member of Mossad or the ADL The US and Russian “Mafia’s” are all headed by Jews Jews control the drug trade as well The reason Jews have been so well hated is because they act like Jews and after they are in a country for enough years people get fed up them. The final “holocaust is coming you inbred Khazars had better change your ways before it’s too late!

  • Guest

    Hi,

    There is no denying the clear evidence that the Jews were unjustly vilified and treated by the Nazis’.

    But FREE SPEECH is just that, FREE, one should be able to express a counter view WITHOUT fear of reprisals….otherwise, are we not doing EXACTLY what the Nazis did….Suppressing a view that is counter to what is the norm.

    We cannot expect to live in a society that hold up free speech as a shining light and then say…..OH, we did not mean FREE SPEECH we meant you can speek freely as long as you follow the accepted patterns.

    HOGWASH…..We cannot have it both ways.

    Move on and dont live in the past…..it is the root of most of the problems that we are facing today….PEOPLE are not WILLING to let go of the PAST and MOVE forward.

    Live Free

    • Guest

      We are guaranteed the right to free speech in America, I’m not sure if that right exist in every other country…

      Regardless, I bet the sales of these books skyrocketed, free publicity generates sales..

    • http://pawsville.net Guest

      Let go of the past? Why should you let go of the past? It is essential that all mankind remember the past in order to make progress in the future.

      Free speech must be just – not just an opposing viewpoint. The view of reality from any viewpoint must be stated truly or else it is subversive to free speech. Opinions may vary, but the question becomes whether ones perspective is based on an undistorted truth and reality, or on a distorted parallel that an unobserving participant is convinced to accept. This is how the Nazi’s proliferated; by distorting the truth and convincing the unobservant masses of a false reality.

      This should not be tolerated by the individual. We are all individuals, and it is incumbent up on us to ascertain the truth. Those who are the gatekeepers, entrusted with safeguarding the truth SHOULD voluntarily seek the most accurately obtainable version of history, as handed down by the original observers who at the time verifiably documented the truth, and SUPPRESS inaccurate versions. The only exception is to fiction; and that work should be presented ONLY AS FICTION so that the receiver of the work has been fully apprised that it is not history, that it is a work of art, and that it may be false and opinionated.

      Those who do not learn from the mistakes of others are doomed to repeat it. Remembering history accurately is the only way to be sure that you ARE learning from it, so that you don’t repeat the bad parts.

  • Guest

    No, one cannot have it both ways. One cannot make a plea to give up living in the past, and at the same time use words that deny and distort the truth of the past, thereby showing a suspiciously unhealthy attachment to it. The Nazis did not just “unjustly treat and vilify” the Jews, gays, gypsies, Poles, mentally ill, the disabled, and anyone they thought undesirable – they systematically killed as many as possible and sent millions of Jews to gas chambers. As long as people try to distort and suppress THAT truth, anyone with an ounce of human decency will say WE MUST NOT FORGET. Forgiveness? Maybe, eventually, as long as there is full disclosure and acceptance and no more denial. Free speech? Every freedom has its limits, though it is not up to you or me as individuals to decide what those limits can be. The dead cannot defend their memories. The living must speak up for them and against the lies that are told by the hatemongers. Free speech is a red herring. HOLOCAUST DENIAL and RACE HATRED are one and the same thing. It is up to the lawmakers of each country to decide how they should be dealt with. Philosopher George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    • Guest

      A corollary to Godwin’s law is that anyone tossing off the Sanataya quote as a closer usually has never had an original thought, or doesn’t understand history themselves. Do you realize how TRITE you sound?

      • Lilly

        ‘Trite’ is a very charitable word for how someone sounds, when they parrot the official story in such a robotic way. Notice how some posters spit out that false “six million” number which has been proven wrong for some years now – so much so that even the plaque at Auschwitz has been officially changed. I will bet my life that such persons have never spent any time exploring the multiple unanswered questions and inconsistencies in the Holocaust tale.

        We really have to ask ourselves, if something is “true” then why would there be at least five historical scholars – world renowned and respected by their peers – rotting in European prisons now for the mere act of questioning it ? Do religions put people in prison for “denying” that Christ was crucified ? Do Armenians put people in prison for questioning or denying the massacre of MANY millions of Armenians just a few years before the Third Reich ?

      • Guest

        Reality is, what happened was an atrocity that needs to be remembered and prevented again. Those books should be sold only categorized as fiction because that is what they are. Anyone can make up a story and call it fact but we are only doing a disservice to ourselves if we marketed fantasy as reality.

        I prefer to live in the real world. Hopefully we can evolve as a society by caring about each other instead of pretending history doesn’t have such an ugly face.

    • Guest

      Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Amazing how narrow minded and simply ignorant some people can be! As pointed out, it wasn’t just Jews who were mass murdered so those who simply hate Jews and want to pretend this either didn’t happen or is justifiable don’t have a leg to stand on. I wish I could simply sigh and pretend your opinion doesn’t matter, but such blatant evil can only be met with a desire to see you suffer what the Jews have suffered and educate your stupidity with reality. How sad.

  • http://threads.ecrater.com Threads Romantic Vintage Woodstock Revival Wear

    “Denial of the Holocaust is a crime in Germany, punishable by up to five years in prison.”

    Isn’t it interesting how different things become law in different countries?

  • Guest

    Of course holocaust denial would be more likely to be a crime in germany, which of all countries knows the truth so there is absolutely no excuse for it. Holocaust denial there would be the first step to a romantic revival of the Nazis as eventual folk heroes, complete with Horst Wessel festivals, and encouragement of the neo-Nazi movements.

    What exactly is your point?

    Now a Woodstock revival – that would be groovy, man. If only the Nazis were into peace and love… instead they would probably have machine-gunned the Woodstock “degenerates” into the ground.

  • http://www.nonkonformist.net Der Nonkonformist

    Firstly, it has to be mentioned that the main book in question is not actually a book denying the Holocaust but a book researching the Holocaust.

    There is a big difference between historical and scientific research and denial. A difference that is sadly omitted whenever there is talk about one particular topic.

    Secondly, one of the main plotters is Benjamin Sch

  • Bob

    Banning books, any book, is wrong, because banning a book is just as much an attempt to control the mind of the person who would read that book as the person who wrote the book is trying to control the mind of the reader themselves.
    Even a book that denies the holocaust has value as it offers insight into the mind of the author and helps us understand people like them.
    “Know thy enemy” and all that.
    Yes, there are people that abuse the system, and yes, if you say something often and loud enough, some people will believe you, but that also applies to people on the other side of the argument as well.
    I would rather read a book and decide for myself that it is crap than have someone else deny me the right to read that same book and telling me it is crap so I can’t read it.

    • Guest

      Libel is not protected by free speech.

      • Lilly

        “Libel is not protected by free speech.”

        Really ? And just exactly how is it libel for someone to make empirical inquiries into the logistics which do not add up in the Holocaust story that has been crammed down everybody’s throat for the past sixty years ?

  • Guest

    Why when it comes to publishing insulting comics to more than 1 billion humans in 2005 it was ok and part of the free speech while putting something happened before 60 years under question is crime and punishable up to five years in prison.

    • Guest

      Excellent point !
      Remember all that rhetoric about how Muslims “do not have the right not to be offended” ?
      And Christians better just shut up and take all the slurs, right ?
      But when it comes to something that offends Jews in any way, nothing will do except bans, fines and prison sentences.
      What’s wrong with this picture ?

      • Guest

        It ALWAYS depends on who is doing the complaining.

    • Guest

      I don’t agree with censorship and criminal penalties for not believing in the way the state says you should believe, but I don’t live in a country haunted by a past of genocide. Modern Germany is trying to distance itself from the Third-Reich of Hitler’s time with good reason. They don’t want modern Germany to be compared to the murderous German regime of the past. I also think it is a joke when antisemites try to build a case that the Nazis were framed for the Holocaust.

      I think there is a huge difference in your comparison, though. The are no sacred cows when it comes to comedy and there are a billion Muslims that can defend their faith verbally if they so desire. Why should you be so offended, unless you are Muslim? Have you ever told an Hindu joke that may have been offensive?

  • Guest

    I firmly believe the Jews have something to hide, there could be no other reason to try to control ones thoughts.
    I am now a serious doubter, that there was such a thing as mass gassings, as more and more evidence is coming forward to show this was not true.
    I would like to know the truth, the real truth, not something I am ordered to believe, something that has been made a criminal offence to question.
    Maybe the jews can live by deception, ( I cannot )

    • Guest

      If your people had been massacred in any way, even if it was just a fraction of the numbers we are presented with for the holocaust, would you want anyone to forget it? I think the Jews are more interested in ensuring the world can never forget than they are in hiding something. Indeed, I wonder what it is that you might think they could be hiding – unless Hitler himself was a Jew.

      Ask some of the soldiers who encountered the camps, who discovered the mass graves. Ask them if they think the holocaust happened. You need not take it from the Jews if you distrust them so.

  • http://www.abundantace.com/ ace

    Banning books is wrong. Everyone has a right to their opinion and the right to believe what you want to believe.

    People need to stop living in the past and move on.

  • Guest

    My personal take on this is that I am against book-banning. I know Germany are very sensitive about Natzism and antisemitism. I understand why, but I disagree with their methods of dealing with it.

    But I am shocked at how many antisemitic views are expressed in these comments. Most are ignorant, all are cherry-picking evidence or proclaiming that there has to be a reason for persecution – a kind of no smoke without fire argument.

    It’s hard to believe that anyone would have such strong feelings about something, but obviously put so little thought into their point of view. Pointing out that 4 or 5 well-known or (previously) respected historians/scholars support your view, for example, whilst simultaneously ignoring the thousands of well-respected historians/scholars that disagree with them, shows a narrow degree of thinking I simply cannot relate to.

    • http://1god1truth.blogspot.com/ Divine Truth

      You should do some research on what a “Semite” actually is before you denounce those who have opposing opinions of what you believe to be true or historical. I’ve gone into great detail here so there will be no misunderstanding.

      According to the highly authoritative Oxford Universal Dictionary, 1944 (p.1838), “Semites” are the people belonging to the race of mankind which includes most of the peoples mentioned in Genesis 10 as descended from Shem, one of the three sons of Noah. This includes the Arabs, Hebrews, Assyrians, Arameans as well as other ancient races who spoke a Semitic language as their native tongue. Most people in the world are under the impression that the modern Jew is of Hebrew or Semitic origin, but in reality this belief is unfounded and deceitful.

      The Jews in modern society have nothing to do with the ancient Hebrews of biblical times. For decades, no one ever thought of even questioning this basic assumption. Actually, it is an historical fact that the vast majority of modern Jewry are not of Semitic stock. They are of Turkish stock

  • Guest

    Sometimes I wonder how well most people know history, sometimes specifically the Jews and their criers. At some point in history everyones ancestors was raped, robbed, and persecuted. Germans were rounded up and massacred, the Russians, the French, the Spanish, the British, etc, etc… see the point? every race, color and creed has been chased down and murdered by someone at some point in their history. if we all sat around and cried about it nothing would ever progress forward. I think the Jews should stop trying to control information and opinions(something the third reich was VERY good at) and start moving forward instead of crying about the past.

    Should we ban denial of the massacres that happened at the hands of the Spanish when they arrived in South America and remove all the opinions and information on the matter? Should we remove all memory of the American Indians and the hatred the American government brought to them? should we all ignore Darfur as well?

    Many “holocaust deniers” are not denying it happened, they are denying the numbers the Jews are bringing to the world. The math just doesn’t add up and any semi-intelligent person can see that, given they can look at it objectively!

    who else in history has every cried so loudly for so long over an ass whooping? grow up and grow on and stop asking for European money Isreal, the people paying you are not guilty of crimes commited 60 years ago!

    • http://1god1truth.blogspot.com/ Divine Truth

      “Those who have the most to hide, hide the most”. ~ Divine Truth

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=976870941610001004#

  • Guest

    according to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide … the first step towards genocide is creating divisions… the Jews do very well at setting themselves apart in every way possible, it seems.

    just some food for thought.