Target, Barnes & Noble stop selling Holocaust denial books


U.S. retail giant Target and Barnes and Noble bookstore announced Tuesday that they are no longer selling four books promoting Holocaust denial. The withdrawal comes in response to protest letters from the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), the Jewish group said.

“We assume that these great online booksellers are not marketing books promoting terrorism or pedophilia,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of SWC and director of global advocacy. “In a time of increasing anti-Semitic hate crimes here in the United States, it is inconceivable that a book will be marketed by someone who insults the memory of 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. ”

Books that have been pulled from the shelves include “Not Guilty At Nuremberg,” a book written by famous Holocaust denier Carlos Porter; and the German-language novel “Der Auschwitz-Mythos – Legende oder Wirklichkeit” (“The myth of Auschwitz – Legend or reality”) by Wilhelm Stäglich, a former German army officer during WWII and member of the neo party -Nazi.

Two other German language books which are no longer sold by the two companies are “Eine Zensur Findet Statt!” by Germar Rudolf. (“Censorship is taking place!”), Written to protest against the German authorities who have banned his anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, and “Was Ist Wahrheit? (“What is the truth?”) By the French Communist Paul Rassinier, one of the first Holocaust deniers.

The President of the Simon Weisenthal Center, Larry Mizel, is seen speaking at the annual Jerusalem Post conference at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, October 12, 2021.MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST

In response to the Center’s request, Target responded, “We appreciate the time you’ve taken to share your concerns about this book. It is never our intention to offend our guests with the merchandise we carry. Please note that we have withdrawn this book from our assortment.

Barnes and Noble wrote: “As soon as we are made aware of such offending titles, we take swift action to remove the offending titles in accordance with our policy, as we did with ‘Not Guilty at Nuremberg.’ We were not aware of the existence of this title on barnesandnoble.com. Upon receipt of your correspondence, in accordance with our content policy, we immediately removed it from our website. We also alerted Lightning Source, who assured us that they had removed this title from their books for sale as well.

SWC said this was just the beginning of requiring all retailers to remove anti-Semitic books.

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