Historians investigate the events of the past to discover their truth. However, in the face of this search, there may be hidden interests as well as all kinds of interpretation. Historical revisionism is a historiographic current that offers an alternative perspective to the view traditionally accepted by most analysts. Historical Revisionism
Historical revisionism and the Jewish holocaust
The Jewish holocaust during World War II had an official version defended by the allied countries that defeated the Nazi regime. From 1950 onwards, some historians questioned the official version of the holocaust, especially the numbers related to the executions of Jews in concentration camps. Historical Revisionism
One of the main drivers in this regard is Briton David Irving. According to this stance, the extermination of the Jewish people is a historical lie based on the manipulation of information and propaganda.
In some European countries there are laws that prohibit the denial of the holocaust, considering it immoral and totally contrary to historical truth. In this sense, Jewish holocaust deniers claim that the images of concentration camps are actually photographic montages and that the famous gas chambers were used to disinfect the prisoners and not to murder them.
A highly controversial field of study
Past events are analyzed or revised with new data or new methodological approaches. However, it is necessary to distinguish between legitimate revision of the facts and historical revisionism.
In the first case, historical science is in a permanent process of revision, since no truth is definitive and it is always possible to find evidence that questions the official version of an episode or a historical moment. However, historical revisionism is, in general terms, the current that denies the basic principles concerning a historical truth and for this reason revisionism is synonymous with denialism.
On many occasions revisionist authors are accused of manipulation and misrepresentation.
Sometimes, revisionist positions obey journalistic disputes or national interests, as in the case of the great genocides of the 20th century that are systematically denied by the representatives of the nations that carried out the killings or crimes
History, like other scientific disciplines, can be approached with criteria of rigor and veracity , but revisionist or denial approaches are characterized by the political use of history and informational contamination.
This current is present in most countries and seeks to question certain tragic episodes that marked the history of a nation.