Those that denounce the occurrence of the Holocaust, or claim it to be an exaggeration of events, are often referred to as Historical Revisionists or Holocaust Deniers. These people deny basic historical facts such as the existence of a Nazi extermination program, the use of gas chambers, and the total number (6 million) of Jews killed – despite the fact the Germans kept accurate records of their atrocities. Deniers are often Anti-Zionist, antisemitic, and suffer great efforts to prove the existence of a Jewish conspiracy. The argument that the Holocaust did not transpire is often fueled by the idea that Jews are manipulating world events and opinions. Many deniers claim that Jewish control of the media enabled them to “create” the Holocaust in order to legitimately establish Israel as their homeland.
In the Middle-East, denial propaganda is predominantly used to advance the case against Israel’s right to exist. The President of Iran, for example, brazenly expresses such sentiment through his denial propaganda and Anti-Israel rhetoric. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister of Germany expressing his condolences for the repercussions the country endures on account of the media’s “false” presentation of events; he recently held the world’s first state sponsored Holocaust denial conference; and he has publicly termed the Holocaust a myth and called for the destruction of Israel.
In the Western world, deniers, while often anti-Israel, tend to place their focus on the advancement of neo-Nazism and white supremacism instead. People who fall into this category include Ernst Zundel, David Irving and the high school teacher from Alberta, James Keegstra.