Exactly Who Is It that is in ‘Denial’?

For progressives the past is fixed and sacred. For nationalists, nostalgia is the way forward

A somewhat biased film review

By Gilad Atzmon

In her book Denying the Holocaust (1993), Deborah Lipstadt confessed that it was David Irving’s considerable reputation as an historian that made him “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.”

“Familiar with historical evidence,” she wrote, “he bends it until it conforms with his ideological leanings and political agenda.”

Irving responded by claiming that Lipstadt’s words were libelous and filed a legal case against her and her publisher Penguin Books.

Was Irving brave or naïve in putting the Holocaust on trial? Probably both. Back in 1996, was Irving a hero or just grossly miscalculating in believing he stood a chance in taking on the Holocaust, still the most popular Jewish religion? Again, probably both.

The other day, I watched Mick Jackson’s ‘Denial’. The film tells the story of Irving’s 2000 defeat in court – a disaster he voluntarily brought upon himself and indeed, Irving has clearly made some mistakes in his life. Yet, in 2017 it is impossible to deny that, back in 2000, Irving was well ahead of most of us.

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Watching the film in the aftermath of Brexit, the Trump victory and the surge of Right Wing consciousness in the West in general, it is clear that Irving, undoubtedly one of the greatest living biographers of Hitler, understood human nature better than the British judge, Lipstadt’s legal team, the BBC and probably the rest of us altogether.

Back in 2000, the Holocaust narrative was as solid as a rock. The Jews were perceived as the ultimate victims and their plight at the time of World War II was unquestionable. No one dared ask how is it is possible that, three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the newly-born Jewish state ethnically cleansed Palestine of its indigenous population? At the time of the trial, no one dared ask why is the Jewish past just a chain of holocausts – that is, no one except David Irving (and a few others).

At the time of the trial, I read an interview with David Irving that opened my eyes to the idea that history is a revisionist adventure, an attempt to narrate the past as we move along. I realised then that the past is subject to changes. It morphs along with humanity.

In that interview, Irving was quoted as‘ blaming the victims.’ “If I were a Jew,” he said, “I would ask myself why it always happens to us?” At the time, I was a still Jew but I took up Irving’s challenge. I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw so I decided to leave the tribe and I stopped being a Jew.

But Irving is no longer a lone voice. Two weeks ago, on Holocaust Memorial Day, it was actually the American president himself who managed to universalise the Holocaust by omitting to mention the Jews or their shoah. As we Westerns obliterate country after country with our immoral interventionism, the Holocaust is no longer a Jews-only domain and all the time more and more people grasp that it is actually Israel and its affiliated Jewish lobbies that are pushing us into more and more unnecessary global conflicts.

‘Denial’ was made to sustain a ‘progressive’ vision of the past. In this progressive but misguided universe, people ‘move forward’ but their past remains fixed, often sacred and always untouched. Nationalists, on the other hand, often see the past as a dynamic, vibrant reality. For them, nostalgia, is the way forward.

But some Jews are tormented by this nostalgia. They want their own past to be compartmentalized and sealed, otherwise, they are fearful that some people may decide to examine Jewish history in the light of Israeli crimes.

In the film, Irving is an old style British gent who sticks to his guns and refuses to change his narrative just to fit in with any notions of correctness. Irving states what he believes in and stands firmly behind it.

For Irving, one of the most damaging pieces of evidenced presented to the court was a little ditty he wrote to his daughter when she was just a few months old, and conceived by the court as the ultimate in crude misanthropy.

 

“I am a Baby Aryan,

Not Jewish or Sectarian.

I have no plans to marry-an

Ape or Rastafarian.”

 

On the day of the verdict, Irving visited the BBC Newsnight studio to be grilled by Jeremy Paxman who read the little ditty to Irving.


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“What’s racist about that?” Irving wondered. “You are not being serious,” was Paxman’s reply. Paxman, one of Britain’s best TV journalists, was, like the rest of us, trained to react to soundbites. “Aryan is a racial categorisation” he insisted.

Back in 2000, Paxman probably failed to see that, if Jews are entitled to identify politically as a race, as a biology or as set of cultural symptoms then Whites, Muslims and everyone else must surely be entitled to do the same. Back in 2000, Irving understood this potential Identitarian shift. Sixteen years later, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage translated this Identitarian shift into a victory. The Clintons, the Soros’ and the Deborah Lipstadts of this world are still struggling to make sense of it.

‘Denial’, is actually a film about righteousness, exceptionalism and victimhood. It is about the condition of being consumed by self-love, that blind belief that justice is always on your side, that you are the eternal victim and the other, namely the ‘Goy’ is always the murderous aggressor.

But this type of ‘denial’ can be dealt with easily and here is just one example: The Jewish press in Britain complains constantly that antisemitism is soaring. The more funds the British government dedicates to fighting antisemitsm, the more antisemitic incidents are recorded. I guess the time is ripe for Jews to listen to David Irving and ask themselves why?

If Jews want anti-Semitism to come to an end once and for all, all they need do is to self-reflect. However, my personal experience suggests that once you do that, you may stop being a Jew.

Note: It is worth mentioning that, since the 2000 trial, Irving is on record on numerous occasions as revising his views on the Holocaust and on the destruction of European Jews. Certainly, as he moves along, David Irving at least is able to revise the past.

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15 Responses to "Exactly Who Is It that is in ‘Denial’?"

  1. JohnZ  February 18, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Trakkath, Over here in America, we don’t sell indulgences, at least not directly. But…if you send in your pledge to this ministry, we will send you this beautiful, (cheap silver plated) pendant/ poster/ or phony religious artwork in return for your contribution to maintain this network’s satellite service.
    Otherwise, I get to spend the rest on mansions, yachts, private jets and expensive foreign luxury cars.
    Just consider: Jim Baker, Jimmy Sweigart, Ted Hagard, Pat Robertson, Billy and Franklin Graham and one of the worst, ugliest little toads who ever kissed up to the zionists and Israel, Jerry falwell.

  2. JohnZ  February 18, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I believe it was during the Zionist conference in 1853, where Theodore Hertzel proclaimed that the creation of the state of Israel would be a secular, zionist state.
    History has proven beyond any doubt the state of Israel is just that. Furthermore the way it treats those whom it contends are its allies, ie: America, Britain and Canada has in truth betrayed each in turn to further its goals of total annihilation of not just the Palestinian people but of much of the Arab world.
    Their psychopathy is plain for all to see if people would just open their eyes.
    A further comment: Many liberals in America have voiced their opinions loudly about Trump’s plan for a wall at the Mexican border but….where are those same voices when it comes to the wall Israel built in Gaza?
    Where are those same voices when Israel commits crimes against humanity in particular to the Palestinian men, women and children?
    The silence is deafening.

    • Khalid Talaat  February 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      JohnZ Why”… the silence is deafening.” You might find the answer in Gilad Atzmon’s video “Controlled Opoosition”.

  3. thisisanorange  February 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you Gilad for this great article. I recently watched your 2014 meeting with Robert Faurisson on dailymotion and was quite impressed. 9/11 converted me to revisionism. 9/11 (Silverstein, dancing israelis, Wesley Clark’s 7 countries in 5 years lectures, etc) is what zionists have to fear. Jews are also victims of zionists. This is not going to end well.

    • Khalid Talaat  February 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

      ED… You migjt appreciate the discussion between Gilad Atzmon and Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro. It is on Youtube. The good Rabbi explains what is zionism to the observing Jew. To me it is very similar to Islamic Wahabism, Christian Evangelism. All three currents have one trait in common, they militarize their religion.

  4. Khalid Talaat  February 17, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Thank you Mr Atzmon for a thoughtful point of view.

    The post below is in response to ED Longshank.

    • Gilad Atzmon  February 17, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Peace brother..

  5. Khalid Talaat  February 17, 2017 at 5:38 am

    “You appreciate the freedom at VT … but you STILL have to debate … believing commentarors.” I guess if it was up to you, you would have an inquisition and gas all believers.

    “The defintion of faith is divided in two basic factions.”
    There you go again trying to convince everyone that you alone have all the answers to everything. The one flaw in all your logic and most everything you wrote is that you never allow for the possibility that your logic contains some deeply flawed rubish. And that is the true definition of rubish.
    I always liked Odin better than Woden. Odin was allowed to mature. Woden has always had an inferirority complex. You see he was never allowed to mature because Christianity stunted his growth. He is full of holes and that is why he has to let everyone know that he alone has all the answers. A repetitive and costly Germanic flaw, exhibited as an exterior superiority underpinned and fed by an inner inferiority. This is present in all tribes of the woods and the deserts.
    Ed, you do not have a problem of faith, you just have no belief in anything. When lack of belief becomes universal, that is usually when Woden picks up his shield and goes riding. Be careful what you wish for.

    • Khalid Talaat  February 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      I didn’t know you used lipstic :-).

    • Khalid Talaat  February 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      “The one flaw in all your logic and most everything you wrote is that you never allow for the possibility that your logic contains some deeply flawed rubish. And that is the true definition of rubish.”

    • Khalid Talaat  February 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Debate? You are all over the place. It is like I am reading streams of unconsciousness. Jinn, music and Devine. So let us stick to one subject is there a Divine or is there not? Just a one word answer yes or no? Let us start from there.

    • Khalid Talaat  February 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

      Magnificient Ed… I agree with you on the existence of the Divine, all the great conduits of Divine presence managed to control their egos. That is the example. The way you explain it is the way you see it and that is your right and does bother me one bit. For we are two different lives on two different paths witnessing the endless forms of the manifestation of the Divine. However, you say He is overthere, I say the Divine is everywhere, in everything and in everyone. Not a few, but a great deal of people feel Him also. Well said Ed. We are not far apart. Peace.

  6. davor  February 16, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Great text. Thankfully there are many Jews out there who don’t place themselves above others by default, but by individual efforts and applying altruism just like everyone else caring enough who end up in this ungrateful categorization of having “to be” to be above others or having “to achieve” to be above others. But such Jews are surely not genetically nostalgic about Judaea or revisionist adventurists, they are much more realistic than that.

    • Gilad Atzmon  February 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Tx Davor,,, i will be honest with you.. i have met many clever Jews,,witty and entertaining many of my friends are Jews ,, but in my entire life i didn’t meet a single person who identifies politically as a Jew whom I consider great or even reasonable… People who identify politically as Jews subscribe to a race driven ideology that is exclusivist and supremacist … this applies equally to Zionists and anti ….

  7. Trakkath  February 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Your hint at religion is very telling so let me guess whon really invented this cult of guilt ? Who does it since nearly 1000 years and profits most from selling of Indulgence letters? Wenn´s Talerle im Kasten klingt, die Seele in den Himmel springt.

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