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Christoph Schiessl

Final Abstract for URS Program

Holocaust denial means denying that the intentional mass extermination of Jews by the Nazi Regime during WWII happened. It is essential to know about these deniers and to refute their claims to stop the spread of misinformation. Topics investigated were what Holocaust denial is, why deniers support it, who are Holocaust deniers, an example being David Irving, the major claims of deniers, and how historians refute those claims. Those answers were found from multiple sources, including Denying the Holocaust by Deborah Lipstadt and Hitler's War by David Irving. The major findings were there are many denier claims. Three major ones are deaths in the camps were caused by disease and starvation caused deaths, not gas chambers, less than six million Jews died, more like 300,000 to 1 to 2 million, and there was no intentional Nazi plan to annihilate the Jewish population. However, there is extensive evidence to refute those claims, including photos and eyewitness accounts of the gas chambers being used, the six million figure is based on various population demographics, and the intent of the Nazis was evident through the actions of Jewish deportation and eventual concentration into camps and murder. Holocaust denial is not a thing of the past and should not be tolerated today. It is important to educate yourself and others on the Holocaust and WWII to help prevent Holocaust denial.

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