A Past that Must Not Go Away

Holocaust Denial in South Africa
  • Milton Shain
  • Andrew Lamprecht


Holocaust denial operates within specific cultural contexts, taking oxygen from prevailing ideological discourses and cultural patterns. Most often it is associated with the radical Right, invariably informed by a conspiratorial world-view and hostile to ‘international Zionism’ and its machinations under the alleged guidance of Israel. Significantly, denial burgeoned in the 1970s, precisely in the wake Israel’s military successes against her Arab neighbours, and a new popular awareness of the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War, evident in the interest aroused by the Eichmann trial. South Africa has not been immune to these currents and, under the National Party’s (NP) apartheid rule from 1948 to 1994, the context was seemingly ideal for the whole spectrum of conservative discourses, including neo-Nazism and Holocaust denial.


National Party Reconciliation Commission Apartheid Regime Racial Oppression Holocaust Denial 
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  • Milton Shain
  • Andrew Lamprecht

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