The Holocaust Industry

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Norman Finkelstein's 2000 book The Holocaust Industry is regarded as one of the most controversial texts to be published in the early years of this new millennium. Finkelstein's book has indeed caused a great stir in the community at large, particularly in the USA, for it provides a compelling argument that the Jewish Holocaust of World War Two is in fact an industry with an objective of extorting money from Europe under the guise of compensation. Despite Finkelstein's vehement distaste for an industry he likens to a Monte Carlo casino, it is important to remain patently aware of the fact that Finkelstein argues not about whether the holocaust happened or its legitimacy, but rather that it has drifted away from its core meaning whereby remembrance has been exploited by the Jewish establishment in favour of fortune. Finkelstein's publications are not about denial of its occurrence nor its motives. Rather it questions the scale of genocidal activity and the motives of today's generation in their supposed quest for global recognition of their cause and the cause of the state of Israel.

Instead Finkelstein concentrates on highlighting the remembrance of the brutality and how remembering that horrific event has become commercialised and exploited by America's ruling elite.

Norman Finkelstein, whose mother was, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Maidanek concentration camp; and father was a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Auschwitz concentration camp, is currently a professor at New York State University. The foreword to The Holocaust Industry provides an important insight into Finkelstein's motives and main argument: "May I never forgive or forget what was done to them". Norman Finkelstein's Jewish heritage and the brutal experiences of his parents have provided him with an opportunity to express his views on a subject so very sensitive. Indeed he has however,