Holocaust denial is any attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Holocaust denial and distortion are forms of antisemitism, prejudice against or hatred of Jews. Holocaust denial and distortion generally claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a plot to advance Jewish interests.
These views perpetuate long-standing antisemitic stereotypes, hateful beliefs that helped lay the groundwork for the Holocaust. Holocaust denial, distortion, and misuse all undermine the truth and our understanding of history.
This three-minute video explains Holocaust denial and the different forms it takes.
Learn about the facts of the Holocaust in the Museum’s Holocaust Encyclopedia.
Learn more about Holocaust cartoon contests held in Iran and why they are an insult to the victims and memory of the Holocaust.