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Defending Truth: Legal and Psychological Aspects of Holocaust Denial


Kenneth Lasson


University of Baltimore School of Law


Current Psychology, Vol. 26, Nos. 3-4, pp. 223-266, December 2007
University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-12

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From the still-burning embers of the Holocaust we have come once again to learn the terrible truth, that the power of Evil still lurks among the nations of the world, and cannot be underestimated. Nor can the effect of the spoken and written word, which in modern times must be taken in tandem with the violence of terrorism. Part I describes the background and nature of Holocaust denial, tracing the Nazis' adoption of a plan for the A "Final Solution of the Jewish Problem" through the post-War Nuremberg Trials to the present day. Part II examines the tension between free speech and historical revisionism, presenting various arguments in deference to principles of liberty and opposed to group defamation. Part III addresses the quest for truth in a free society, including psychological and geopolitical analyses of denial and anti-Semitism.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 125

Keywords: Holocaust, World War II, free speech, historical revisionism, group defamation

JEL Classification: K33

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Date posted: July 1, 2008 ; Last revised: November 10, 2008

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Lasson, Kenneth, Defending Truth: Legal and Psychological Aspects of Holocaust Denial. Current Psychology, Vol. 26, Nos. 3-4, pp. 223-266, December 2007; University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1154012

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