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(13) Helen Thiry, July 18, 2019 9:10 PM

Yes, it’s very important to tell them that they’re wrong! Enough lies! Never again!

(12) Gershom, July 18, 2019 7:39 PM

The question is - "Is there any point to debate people who deny the Holocaust?

ABSOLUTELY - IT MUST BE CONSTANTLY - AGGRESSIVELY - PROFESSIONALLY - and CORRECTLY - PRESENTED - AND CORRECTLY DEBATED - IN EVERY OPEN MEDIA OUTLET - and FORUM AVAILABLE!

WHY?
First - because - MOST OFTEN - SILENCE - ADMITS - YOU HAVE - NO VALID CASE - to the ACCUSER DENIER. Which QUICKLY - EMBOLDENS THEM - TO BRING EVEN MORE - AND MORE AGGRESSIVE DENIAL PROPAGANDA. And - by KEEPING SILENT - IT ADDS CREDIBILITY - to the DENIERS PROPAGANDA - TO THOSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS - of FENCE RIDERS - WHO ARE TOO UNEDUCATED - on the issue. And - are - TOO LAZY - To LEARN THE TRUTH - FOR THEMSELVES.

Second - WITH G-D's HELP AND GUIDANCE. WE - as the JEWISH NATION PEOPLE - and CONVERTS - need to properly put together - an AGGRESSIVE - PROFESSIONALLY - FACTUALLY WELL DOCUMENTED - EVIDENCE PROTECTED - and SCRIPTED - PRESENTATION - that will FORCE - the DENIERS - INTO CONSIDERING - THE CORRECT EVIDENCE - and give them - LITTLE WIGGLE ROOM - FOR DENIAL - IN ANY KIND OF A DEBATE FORMAT - IN ANY MEDIA VENUE.

Are we going to win - the HEART(s) - and CHANGE THE MINDS - of EVERY DENIER - and those who are wondering on the fence - who don't know anything - with the TRUTH of the Holocaust? Without G-D's HELP - NOT TOO LIKELY.
BUT - IT WILL BE WORSE - IF WE DO NOTHING - BUT KEEP SILENT!!

Are we going to - get the ARABS - and OTHERS - WHO KNOWINGLY - HAVE a THEOLOGICAL POLITICAL AGENDA - TO DENY the Holocaust - and ALL - JEWISH HISTORY - TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH? Again - Without G-D's HELP - NOT TOO LIKELY.

Are we going to lose the debate battle - IF - WE HANG OUR TAIL - BETWEEN OUR LEGS - and DO - NOTHING?
ABSOLUTELY!

(11) Emil M Friedman, July 18, 2019 6:34 PM

If it's a public debate then

it is worthwhile because one can present evidence to the audience. If it's private it's a waste of time and energy.

(10) Mike, July 18, 2019 5:08 PM

Reasoning with someone who denies the Shoa?

One would have more success reasoning with the south end of a mule who has the delusion that you are trying to steal it’s food than to debate with a holocaust denier.

(9) Paul, July 18, 2019 3:58 PM

No

These Holocaust deniers are fanatics whowill not listen to any reasoned argument regardless of the evidence that exisits. In these times of rising antisemitism partulularly in the UK, the best defence is dignified silence.

(8) anna melamed, July 18, 2019 3:48 PM

holocaust denial=antisemitism

The real root of denying holocaust is anti antisemitism
The arab world says holocaust was invented for creation of Israel
Should we be silent? Never again

(7) Abe, July 18, 2019 3:47 PM

No

If someone wants to know the truth there is much more then enough evidence ( survivors, liberators, the German government itself, documents, etc. etc.). So if someone is still denying it means that he doesn’t ‘want’ to know the truth, so debating with this person will only give him unnecessary attention to continue with his Stupidity.

(6) Anonymous, July 18, 2019 2:18 PM

Yes

One may not convince an hysteric in denial of reality. However, if a sufficient number will stand up to the truth without mincing their words they may convince him to feel ashamed to show his "symptoms" and that may be of help too.... (The same applies for the "symptoms" of terror) . Before the "symptoms" of hysterics define the reality of others they should be stopped from manifesting themselves lest we all have to fear for our sanity

(5) Ken Wolf, July 18, 2019 1:31 PM

Indeed

If only to let the other person know that their point of view is historically incorrect and not consistent with known and provable facts. as Lidia said you should be prepared with knowledge, learn about the Holocaust and you will be better prepared to have the discussion.

(4) MESA, July 18, 2019 1:27 PM

It depends. Die-hard Jew haters won't be convinced by anything and so debating with them is useless. But there are plenty of people who are simply ignorant. They don't know about the Shoah and so they believe the myths. That's when we need to teach them about the Shoah and give them the real facts. This is why it's so important to get testimony from those who were there. I'm so proud that my daughter got to participate in the "Names, Not Numbers" project in her school which allowed her and some of her classmates to interview survivors. I would say that it's not about a debate but about educating people.

(3) Raymond, July 18, 2019 1:24 PM

Time and Place for Everything

There is a time and place for everything, and in this instance, this means that mocking the person is in order. A person who denies the Holocaust is a person so consumed with hatred for our Jewish people, that the person has made himself or herself incapable of perceiving reality as it is. Such a person has lost the right to be treated with respect, and should be put in their place with insults that should expose the fool for who he or she is.

That is my suggestion if we are talking about a one-on-one conversation. But if the question is whether one should have a serious debate about the Holocaust in front of a full audience of people, such that the merits for both sides are discussed, then my answer is absolutely not, as even participating in such a debate serves to dignify the Holocaust deniers. It would be like having a serious debate about whether or not the Earth is flat, only in this case, it is even worse, as we are talking about denying the reality of more than six million Jews who perished precisely because of such Jew-hatred.

(2) Lidia, July 18, 2019 1:09 PM

If you are prepared

Yes, you can do it if you are prepared with knowledge and prayer.

(1) Anonymous, July 18, 2019 10:59 AM

Yes but

It depends on the forum. If it is in a form that makes denial look like a legitimate end of a debate than no. Example: not on a tv show. But if it is an informal debate or an argument in court, then it is a must in order to expose their stupidity and antisemitism

 

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