Denial of the Denial, or the Battle of Auschwitz: Debates about the Demography and Geo-Politics of the Holocaust

Denial of the Denial, or the Battle of Auschwitz: Debates about the Demography and Geo-Politics of the Holocaust

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Edited by Alfred Kokh & Pavel Polian

ISBN: 9781936235346 (hardcover)
Pages: 360 pp.
Publication Date: September 2011

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Over the decades, the Holocaust has remained a critical issue both historically and politically. This is due to the modernization of anti-Semitism in the West, where accusations of ritual murder have long been passe and claims that the Holocaust was a hoax are de riguer, and to the government sanctions of anti-Semitism in the East in countries such as Iran. The purely scholarly problem of determining the number of victims, like other aspects of demography related to the Holocaust, have suddenly become closely embroiled in geopolitics and the phenomenon of Holocaust denial, which is now a context that has been forced upon it. This book is imbued with these connections and interrelationships. Avraham, Wolfgang Benz, Sergio Della Pergola, Mark Kupovetsky, Dieter Pohl, Aron Shneer, and the editors contribute their voices to the topic.


Alfred Kokh (PhD St. Petersburg School of Economics) is an economist, politician, businessman and journalist. From 1987 to 1990 he worked as a professor of economics, then in 1990-1997 he joined the government service as a member of the cabinet from 1993-1997.  He was leading the election company for the liberal block in 2003. After leaving the state service he was the head of a few major companies, including NTV television company and Gazprom-Media. Kokh is the author of The Selling of the Soviet Empire: Politics & Economics of Russia's Privatization-Revelations of the Principal Insider (1998), Privatization in a Russian Way (in Russian, with A. Chubais, M. Boiko, D. Vasiliev and others,  1999), Case of Vodka (with Igor Svinarenko, 2003-2005), and many articles in Russian periodicals.

Pavel Polian (PhD Moscow University) is a geographer, historian and literary scholar (publishing under the pseudonym Pavel Nerler). His interests range from the history of forced migration, Jewish immigration and emigration, to the history of captivity during the Second World War and history of Holocaust. Polian graduated from the faculty of geography of Moscow University where he later defended two dissertations (1980 and 1998) and where he has been a professor since 2008. He is also a researcher at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Polian is the author of Victims of Two Dictatorships. Life, Labor, Humiliation and Death of Soviet War Prisoners and  Ostarbeiters Abroad and in their Motherland (1996), Deportiert nach Hause (2001), Against their Will: the History and Geography of Forced Migrations in the USSR (2003) and many others.

Table of Contents

Alfred Kokh and Pavel Polian
FROM THE EDITORS

Alfred Kokh
A DENIAL OF DENIAL
Pavel Polian
THE DENIAL OF THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS GEOPOLITICS
Deniers or Revisionists?
Soviet and Post-Soviet Traditions of Silencing and Denying the Holocaust
The Anti-Semites International: The Holocaust Deniers’ Conference in Tehran and Its World-Wide Echo
Deniers Punishment and History’s Arbitration
Sergio Della Pergola
THE DEMOGRAPHY OF POST-SOVIET JEWRY. GLOBAL AND LOCAL CONTEXTS
Basic Population Trends
Early Contextual Explorations
Contemporary Global Jewish Population Trends
Jewish Migration in Comparative Perspective
Living Conditions and Demographic Development
Wolfgang Benz
THE DIMENSIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST
Dieter Pohl
JUST HOW MANY? ON THE DEATH TOLL OF JEWISH VICTIMS OF NAZI CRIMES
Poland
Baltic countries
Soviet Union (in the borders of 1938)
Romania
Hungary
Czechoslovakia
Summary
Mark Kupovetsky
JEWISH POPULATION LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II WITHIN THE PREWAR SEPTEMBER 1939 AND POSTWAR BORDERS OF THE USSR
Expanding the Data Base
Innovative Analytical Methodology
Analysis of Statistical Source Data
The Ethno-Demographic Balance of the Jewish Population in the Prewar and Postwar Territories of the USSR in 1941-1945
Alexander Avraham
THE HALL OF NAMES AND THE CENTRAL DATA BASE OF SHOAH VICTIMS’ NAMES
Aron Shneer
THE HOLOCAUST IN LATVIA ACCORDING TO THE MATERIALS OF
THE “HALL OF NAMES” YAD VASHEM. “PAGES OF TESTIMONY” AS A SOURCE FOR THE RESEARCH OF THE HOLOCAUST IN LATVIA
Analyzing Prewar Life
Analyzing the War Period
Conclusion
Pavel Polyan
THE DEMOGRAPHY AND STATISTICS OF THE HOLOCAUST
Victims of the Holocaust — Who Are They? 
The Demographic Balance of the Jewish Population of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The Demographic Balance of European and World Jewry
The Demographic and Social Consequences of the Holocaust
Alfred Kokh
Afterword. THE TRIAL OVER THE SIX MILLION
Pavel Polyan
AFTERWORD TO THE ENGLISH EDITION 

Appendicies
Appendix 1. Selected Bibliography on Holocaust Denial
Appendix 2. The First Soviet Estimates of the Victims of the Auschwitz Death Camp
Appendix 3. Europe’s Dead and Killed Jews by Countries and Categories: Different Estimates