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August 7, 2017

Why Holocaust denial is against the law in some countries

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:57 am

You can read an answer on Quora about why “Holocaust denial” is against the law in some countries: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-holocaust-denial-a-crime-in-some-countries

The following quote is from the answer:

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Clearly criminalising holocaust denial is against free speech.  Equally clearly, some countries have made a decision that free speech is not a be all and end all, but must be balanced against the other rights of the people in their society.

The countries that have laws making holocaust denial a crime are almost entirely those that were directly affected*: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania

The European Union also has a Framework Decision for Combating Racism and Xenophobia** by which signatories agree to criminalise inciting violence or hatred, against race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin, condoning, denying or grossly trivialising genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Although full implementation was blocked by the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries.

In addition several of the countries with laws criminalising holocaust denial, and several other countries, have more generic laws preventing either usage of Nazi symbols or denial of crimes against humanity.

Many of these countries:

  • feel the right not to be subjected to racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism is more important than the right to free speech
  • limit speech in other ways, such as banning hate speech.
  • have other laws designed to suppress any potential revival of Nazism

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There is an easy way to stop people from denying the Holocaust: Don’t let anyone see the former concentration camps. Especially, don’t let anyone see the alleged gas chambers.

Seeing the alleged gas chambers was what put me on the Road to Denial. Of course, I had one advantage: I had seen a real gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO. I knew that a gas chamber requires a high smoke stack to get rid of the gas fumes. So when I saw the alleged gas chamber at Dachau, I said to myself: “Something wrong!” There was no high smoke stack.

 

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