The Holocaust Deniers

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01Episode 2 - Heart And Soul20101208"Is the Jewish community threatened by rising anti-semitism and a rewriting of history?

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Holocaust denial, it was thought, was put to rest with the humiliation in court of David Irving.

However, denial is rampant in the Middle East, and across Europe there is a political manipulation of the Holocaust, its trivialisation or obfuscation, and its labelling as just one genocide among many.

In this episode, Wendy Robbins visits Lithuania where 95% of its Jews didn't end up in concentration camps, but instead were herded – often by their neighbours - into specially-dug pits, and shot. Yet the popular Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius doesn't even mention it.

As the Baltic states look for an identity in the wake of independence from the communists, the Holocaust is being politically manipulated. The public wearing of swastikas is legal and the few remaining Holocaust survivors are being hounded as "war criminals."

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01Heart And Soul20101201"How is the phenomenon of holocaust denial gaining ground in the Middle East?

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The past two years have seen an increase in anti-semitic attacks around the world, from Venezuela to France, Moldova to Belgium. They peaked during Israel's war with Gaza. A global poll in 2008 showed half of all Spaniards rating Jews unfavourably, more than one-third of Russian and Poles doing the same.

Is this a resurgence of the old right-wing semitism, or something new, connected to hostility to Israel? And how is the phenomenon of Holocaust denial gaining ground in the Middle East?

In this episode, Wendy Robbins visits the Swedish city of Malmo where Jews are the victims of 30% of hate crimes, and Jewish families – fearful for their children - are leaving.

She tackles such issues as the difference between a critical voice raised against Israel's policies and making Israel a scapegoat for global problems – and the splits within the Jewish community concerning where the line is to be drawn between criticism of Israel and anti-semitism.

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