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The (Non)Political Taboo: Why Democracies Ban Holocaust Denial
The (Non)Political Taboo: Why Democracies Ban Holocaust Denial

Author(s): Max Steuer
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Jewish studies, Government/Political systems, History of Antisemitism, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Sociologický ústav - Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Freedom of speech; Holocaust denial; justifications; parliamentary discourse; Czech Republic; Slovakia; Hungary;

Summary/Abstract: This article unpacks the controversy that surrounds criminal law restrictions on Holocaust denial in democracies. By applying insights from postmodernist and post-structuralist theories on amendments of criminal legislation in three Central European democracies, I aim to understand the interplay between politics and truth in introducing legal bans on Holocaust denial. Through a comparative analysis of parliamentary discourse, I demonstrate that the various justifications in favor of such bans all postulate that truth should be separated from politics. In turn, this effort to transform the Holocaust into a taboo outside of politics has consequences on the nature of its remembrance.Sociológia 2017, Vol. 49 (No. 6: 673-693)

  • Issue Year: 49/2017
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 673-693
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English