Archie wrote:History books from the 50s do not talk much about the Holocaust
Here is a fun game to play, and I'm sure some of the regulars here have long played the game one way or another:
When you come across a paper edition of a book about the 1939-1945 war in Europe, or even any book about any aspect of the second quarter of the 20th century in Europe, you're ready to play. Step 1: Check the year of publication. Step 2: Check for whether the book says anything about the Holocaust (either using that word or not) and if so, what it says or how much it focuses on it. This game can be played using the index to jump to pages of interest on the relevant topics ("Jews," for one).
After a few rounds of this game, you can start to make a game of inserting a middle step: Guess what you'll get, based solely on year of publication and maybe one or two other factors (e.g., name of writer, wording of title of book, jacket blurbs). A prediction game.
If you have access to a good library with lots and lots of relevant original books, this game can be played easily, and it gives remarkably stable results.
Revisionism has to a large extent grown with "the Holocaust Industry." It was not until the late 70s that the term "the Holocaust" became firmly established and they started really pushing Holocaust indoctrination in schools and in the media (at least in America). Before this it was mostly a focus in Jewish circles. History books from the 50s do not talk much about the Holocaust. The first book length treatment of the Holocaust in English was Reitlinger in 1953, then Hilberg in 1961, both by Jewish writers. There was very little from mainstream historians.
The 70s were the real turning point. In particular, Arthur Butz's book in 1976 was probably the start of the modern revisionist era (and I would still recommend it as very worthwhile even today). There was also Did Six Million Really Die? in 1974 (more polemic than scholarly but still important). Wilhelm Staeglich published his Auschwitz book in the late 70s. And Robert Faurisson was another key figure in the 70s. And the Institute for Historical Review was also founded in the late 70s. The bottom line is that there was not much going on in the 50s and 60s and then there came a real flurry starting in the mid to late 70s, coinciding with the Holocaust propaganda blitz.
The game I propose above will confirm the outlines out this. The original poster here, or anyone else, need not take Archie's or my word for it, but find paper books and do it yourself. The pattern is unmistakable.
There is no book at all by the 1990s that fails to include the Holocaust, often even making it the very central theme of the entire work, permeating it like the religious myth it was by that time. But in the years much closer to the war itself, generally there is nothing like this; there might be some kind of footnote-type mentions (Jean Marie Le Pen was prosecuted for using the word "footnote" to describe the Holocaust, I believe, but the man was simply describing how reality was in the past). This held even as late as the mid-1970s.
I find this aspect of the Holocaust to be fascinating. This is beyond the study of the Holocaust as an event (or a supposed event), it's the study of Holocaust Power, a political phenomenon. It is traceable.