Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic books are being sold on Amazon

Several books downplaying or denying Second World War genocide appear in countries where doing so is a criminal offence

Caroline Mortimer
Sunday 12 February 2017 11:41
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Amazon has come in for criticism after it emerged that the retail giant is selling self-published books promoting Holocaust denial and far-right propaganda.

Several books with titles such as The Myth of Extermination of the Jews and Holocaust: The Greatest Lie Ever Told are available to buy on the online retailer, with some receiving four star reviews.

Several editions are available, in paperback and on Kindle, of the notorious 1974 pamphlet Did Six Million Really Die? by a member of the British National Front.

And another book, The Six Million: Fact or Fiction? by Peter Winter, was available for sale via Amazon Germany, where Holocaust denial is a crime.

The titles were also available for sale in Italy and France, where penalties are imposed for denying the genocide that killed more than six million Jewish people during the Second World War.

Other anti-Semitic texts, such as a book claiming the German Weimar Republic, which preceded the rise of the Nazis, was controlled by Jewish people and another comparing them to devil worshippers, are also available on the site.

The books were removed from the online store in countries where Holocaust denial is illegal after Amazon was contacted by The Sunday Times but they remain available in the UK where there are no legal restrictions.

Many of the books on the site have received low ratings with scathing comments, but many others have been praised as shedding light on the “truth”.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, told The Independent: “Every day, Amazon promotes a selection of literature advocating Holocaust denial and Jew hatred.

“Anybody searching Amazon for books about the Holocaust, including children working on school projects, will inevitably be shown Amazon’s squalid cesspool of neo-Nazi titles.

“Amazon’s conditions prohibit the sale of ‘offensive material’ but these titles are ‘dispatched and sold by Amazon’.

“Amazon is profiting from the trade in titles promoting Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic conspiracy myths.”

The Independent has contacted Amazon for comment.

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