Concept

The Holocaust Industry

Summary
The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering is a 2000 book by Norman Finkelstein arguing that the American Jewish establishment exploits the memory of the Nazi Holocaust for political and financial gain and to further Israeli interests. According to Finkelstein, this "Holocaust industry" has corrupted Jewish culture and the authentic memory of the Holocaust. The book was controversial, attracting praise and criticism. While supporters describe the book as a substantive engagement with issues such as the politics of memory, critics argue that it either reuses antisemitic tropes, empowers them, or does both, and that the book's style is harsh and not respectful enough considering the delicate subject. Conception The book began as a journal review of The Holocaust in American Life, by Peter Novick. Finkelstein on the book Finkelstein states that his consciousness of "the Nazi holocaust" is rooted in his parents' experiences in the War
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