Under-pressure Amazon pulls Shoah-denial books
THE ONLINE retailer Amazon has stopped selling three Holocaust-denial books after Jewish groups voiced growing frustration that the website was giving a platform to antisemites.
The company has been criticised for years over the revisionist titles for sale on its website but the recent upsurge in antisemitism across America prompted Robert Rozett, a senior official at Yad Vashem, to write to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last month calling for immediate action.
On Wednesday morning, the three titles that Mr Rozett had complained about were unavailable for purchase. Two were not showing up in searches, and one was listed but with a note saying that it was under review and could not be bought.
Mr Rozett said the company had taken a “positive first step” which showed that they were listening to him and other Jewish groups that echoed his demand, such as the World Jewish Congress. Amazon’s actions this week “indicate that they are taking this seriously”, he added.
The titles in question were: Holocaust: The Greatest Lie Ever Told, by Eleanor
The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry, and Did Six Million Really Die? by Richard Harwood.
Amazon did not answer a request for comment, and did not tell Mr Rozett the books were being taken down.
Mr Rozett said the real test will be whether it takes related steps to stop feeding antisemitism.
“It’s a complex problem because Amazon is selling books carrying reader reviews which defend them, and then Amazon recommends related titles to people,” he said.
Mr Rozett wants to know that Amazon will ensure that no Holocaust denial titles are sold, that no review sections on its site are used to propagate denial, and that people who bought denial books in the past are not being recommended books that are likely to strengthen antisemitic beliefs. Sick: Some of the books removed by Amazon