Yann Martel recently claimed in the Guardian that ‘you no more own a historical event than people own their language. The English don't own the English language; the Jews don't own the Holocaust; the French don't own Verdun. It's good to have other perspectives. If you claim to own an event, you may suffer from group think’. Finkelstein points out, in a well-supported argument, the flaws of the organised American-Jewish elite and its hand in the misappropriation of money intended as support for survivors of the shoah. 'The Holocaust', he says, is an invention under which many people have accumulated monies for personal gain. He exposes the sometimes obscure machinations of major organizations such as the WJC (World Jewish Congress). For informed readers, his arguments provide enough scope not to lead to prejudice and false accusations. It becomes clear that Finkelstein is not a friend of Elie Wiesel or Stuart Eizenstat.
A major flaw of the book, perhaps, is Finkelstein's own conviction to have single-handedly exposed, and thus in a way own, the Holocaust Industry.
Nearly 70 years after the end of the Second World War, hardly anyone is left to make justified claims in connection with the shoah. In this passionate appeal to put an end to the corruption, Finkelstein is justified and should be heard by as many people as possible.
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