Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel

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Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel
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Review

There’s an astonishing scene in David Baddiel’s measured documentary about the rise of Holocaust denial, when, after considerable deliberation, Baddiel meets a denier.

The man expounds his views while throwing in what he clearly sees as clinching details: “Auschwitz had a swimming pool, it had bakeries” before he starts ranting about how Baddiel “controls the BBC”. Though Baddiel has a good comeback: “If I controlled the BBC, I would be on it more.” Then the denier takes a guitar and sings a Holocaust denial song.

Baddiel needs a stiff drink after this bizarre encounter, and he’s earned it, but he’s clearly angry: “We’re not shooting fish in a barrel here, people believe this shit.”

Confronting Holocaust Denial is a fascinating insight into a phenomenon that rears its head particularly at times of Holocaust anniversaries. But sheer humbling humanity is restored when Baddiel meets and listens to an Auschwitz survivor.

Summary

The Holocaust is one of the most documented, witnessed and written about events in history, yet one in six people worldwide either think its scale has been exaggerated or deny that it took place. In this film, comedian David Baddiel explores the multi-faceted nature of Holocaust denial - in both historical and contemporary terms - in an attempt to understand what motivates this phenomenon and why it is on the rise, both in Britain and across the globe.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Baddiel
Director Laurence Turnbull
Executive Producer Emily Shields
Producer Alice Fraser
Documentary