"The Good Old Days": The Holocaust As Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders

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"The Good Old Days": The Holocaust As Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders is book by Ernst Klee, Willi Dressen, and Volker Riess. It was originally published in German in 1988 and translated to English in 1991.

The book is aimed mainly at the general public and likely had anti-Holocaust revisionism as a main goal, in addition to the monetary aspects. It is often cited by anti-Holocaust revisionists.

The book is a cherry picked collection of horrific Holocaust "confessions" and "testimonies", mostly by Germans, adhering to the common anti-Holocaust revisionist tactic of preferring to cite allegations by Germans, presumably because this is seen as more convincing than allegations by non-Germans.

The presentation gives the misleading impression that the claimed accounts are all from wartime documents, but many are from postwar trials, sometimes decades after the war occurred. All claimed accounts are accepted uncritically, with no mention of revisionist criticisms.

The revisionist John Weir writes that "Most of the text, by far, is devoted to the activities of the Einsatzgruppen, but as early as the mid-70s Dr. Butz acknowledged that this is the only aspect of the Holocaust story that contains a grain of truth. The remainder that deals with the camps is a rehash of material that has been thoroughly discredited for years."[1]

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  1. 'Irrefutable Response' Falls Flat, Book Review https://codoh.com/library/document/2590/