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Valérie Igounet, Rudy Reichstadt

Holocaust denial and Conspiracism: typical examples of Disinformation

Le Temps des médias n° 30, Printemps 2018, p. 139-151.

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Holocaust denial and conspiracism are both typical examples of disinformation. They are also intimately and historically linked. The denial of the genocide of the Jews, inaugurated by Maurice Bardèche three years after the end of the Second World War, installs at the center of its discourse a so-called « international Jewish conspiracy » that would have fabricated this «XXth Century Hoax » in order to justify the existence of the State of Israel and extort reparations payments to Germany. The ideologists Robert Faurisson and Roger Garaudy, followed by their political heirs, cast « to evolve » the denialism taking it out of the confidentiality and giving it an international echo. A galaxy combining conspiracy theorists and Holocaust denials emerged following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Against the backdrop of antiimperialism, anti-capitalism, anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism, it re-enacts an anti-Semitic discourse that places at its heart the denunciation of the « Jewish power ».

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