The Hoax of the Twentieth Century

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The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry is a book by Northwestern University electrical engineering professor Arthur Butz. The book was first published in 1976 in the United Kingdom by Anthony Hancock’s Historical Review Press, known as a Holocaust denial publisher. An antisemitic work[1][2][3] (Alan Davies described it as an "antisemitic classic"),[4] it has been influential in the Holocaust denial movement.[5]

Butz argues that Nazi Germany did not exterminate millions of Jews using homicidal gas chambers during World War II but that the Holocaust was a propaganda hoax.[6]

The book has been banned in Canada and is X-rated in Germany where it cannot be displayed or advertised.[7] In 2017, the online book seller removed the book, along with other holocaust-denying titles, from its US and UK sites.[8][9] Barnes & Noble has also stopped selling the book online.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Schweitzer, F; Perry, M (2002). Anti-Semitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 251. ISBN 978-0312165611. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  2. ^ Mason, Carol (2009). Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy. Cornell University Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8014-4728-0. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. ^ Dawidowicz, Lucy (1983). The Holocaust and the Historians. Harvard University Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0674405677. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  4. ^ Alan Davies (1992). Davies, Alan (ed.). Antisemitism in Canada: History and Interpretation. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. p. 242. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  5. ^ Charny, Israel A. Encyclopedia of Genocide Volume 2, ABC-CLIO, 1999, pp. 181–182.
  6. ^ Geri Yonover (2000). "Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the academy : a tort remedy". In DeCoste, F. C.; Schwartz, Bernard (eds.). The Holocaust's Ghost: Writings on Art, Politics, Law, and Education. University of Alberta Press. p. 329. ISBN 978-0888643377. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  7. ^ Green, Jonathan (2005). Encyclopedia of Censorship. Facts on File. p. 234. ISBN 978-0816044641. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  8. ^ Times of Israel. "Amazon UK Removes 3 Holocaust Denial Books from Sale." March 9, 2017
  9. ^ Ziv, Stav (6 June 2017). "Under pressure, Amazon stops selling Holocaust-denial books". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 17 June 2017.

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