Another thing I didn't know about is how from 1945 till 1967, the holocaust was hardly talked about! And American Jews hardly identified with it. It was only after the 1967 war that the holocaust became a fixture in American life. (pg 16) Hilberg's Destruction of the European Jews barely saw the light of day. (pg 12) It's hard to believe.
IN a 1961 Commentary symposium on "Jewishness and the Younger Intellectual," only two of thirty-one contributors stressed its (the holocaust) impact.
The '67 and '73 wars brought the holocaust to center stage for reasons Finkelstein explains.
Another amazing part of the book is his intelligent and glib description of the utter blackmail of Switzerland in the late 90's to extort 1.25 billion dollars in holocaust reparations. Finkelstein does a good job in describing the lying way that the New York Times reported it, and in describing how government, media and Jewish groups all worked together. (Somehow Finkelstein never uses the word "bilk"!) What makes this account so powerful to a revisionist reader, is you can see how the same mechanism, the same infrastructure is also how the holocaust story must have come about 50 years earlier. That infrastructure being a triad of Jewish agencies, Jewish media and talented Jews in government. This is all in the chapter titled "The Double Shakedown," and this chapter is worth the price of the book alone.
Zionist groups and the holocaust lobby would love to point an accusing finger at Finkelstein were they to find that a revisionist was giving the book a favorable review. However, the reason the holocaust story is so unstable, the reason it's a giant with a feet of clay, is because they didn't take advice from the likes of Finkelstein and subject the holocaust study to criticism. Finkelstein writes,
Long ago John Stuart Mill recognized that truths not subject to continual challenge eventually "cease to have the effect of truth by being exaggerated into falsehood."
Because they didn't, the holocaust story is a giant behemoth of ridiculousness.