Indigo pulls pro-Hitler and Holocaust-denial books from virtual shelf

Indigo pulls pro-Hitler and Holocaust-denial books from virtual shelf

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Indigo Books & Music has pulled two books from its online inventory that praise Hitler and question the Holocaust.

One of the books was co-written by Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel under the pseudonym Christof Friedrich and is called The Hitler We Loved and Why. Another is by author Peter Winter and is  called Six Million: Fact or Fiction. Indigo’s website described it as “without doubt the single most important revisionist overview of the legend of the ‘Six Million’ Holocaust ever yet published.”

Elisa Hategan

The Canadian bookseller took the action after receiving an inquiry about the books from The CJN. The matter was brought to The CJN’s attention by Elisa Hategan, a writer and public speaker who was once part of the white supremacist movement and who now speaks out against anti-Semitism and racism.

“We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. Please rest assured that we have reviewed these books and have removed them from our database,” said Krishna Nikhil, Indigo’s executive vice-president of print and strategy.

“In our efforts to provide the widest possible selection to our customers, Indigo offers tens of thousands of books for sale in our stores and millions of books for sale online. In store, we carefully curate to ensure the best possible and highest integrity selection for our customers, and we are able to vet every book,” Nikhil said.

“Online, the full catalogue and the associated book description come directly from publishers. Although it is our goal, due to the high volume of books online, we are not able to physically screen every one of the millions of titles available. We hold our publishing partners to the highest standards and those that propagate literature that violates Indigo’s standards are removed from Indigo’s system.”

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Amazon.ca, the online book retailer, continues to carry Zundel’s love tome to Hitler, as well as another Zundel book, UFOs: Nazi Secret Weapons?

Also available in the Amazon catalogue was The Six Million Reconsidered: Is the Nazi Holocaust Story a Zionist Propaganda Ploy, written by neo-Nazi William Grimstad. The Hitler We Loved and Why was available at Google Books as well as from a variety of neo-Nazi sites.

Amazon did not respond to CJN queries by press time.

Zundel is a native of Germany who lived in Canada from 1958 to 2000. While living on Carlton Street in downtown Toronto, he became a leader of the international neo-Nazi movement and faced trial for publishing Holocaust denial material. He was charged with publishing false news, but acquitted after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the law unconstitutional.

He moved to the United States in 2000 in the middle of a human rights hearing, but was deported back to Canada in 2003 for visa violations. He was jailed for two years as a security threat and in 2005, he was deported to Germany, where he faced charges of inciting racial hatred and denying the Holocaust. He was convicted in 2007 and spent another three years in jail before being released.

Hategan said she came across the books by chance, while preparing a presentation for two Jewish women’s organizations and searching the Internet for images for a slide presentation.

“A lot of revisionist material is on there,” she said.

Hategan said she joined the white supremacist movement at age 16 after being impressed with books purporting to dismiss the Holocaust. “I felt if it’s in print in a book, it’s real,” she said.

Holocaust denial materials can fuel anti-Semitism, she added.

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Indigo’s policy precludes books that “instruct how to build weapons of mass destruction, contain child pornography, or incite people toward the annihilation of a particular group in society,” Nikhil said.

“As soon as we become aware of titles that violate these principles, they are immediately removed from our online listing as well,” he added.

A spokesperson said the retailer is also looking to remove The Turner Diaries, a book about race war in America.

  • Elisa Hategan

    The Turner Diaries, a book that is banned in Canada, is still being sold on Chapters-Indigo. It is a bible for white supremacists that depicts a futuristic race war scenario and a Day of the Rope, where all non-whites and “race traitors” will be hung from every lamppost. But although it’s banned from being imported into Canada, Chapters-Indigo still makes it available for sale online. https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-turner-diaries-a-novel/9781569803929-item.html?ikwid=turner+diaries&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

    • TerrorIsEvil

      The Koran and Hadiths and other stuff is still being stocked on some shelves and they are books of hate in my view.

      I think that most of this garbage has to be made available. I just wish that the public were more knowledgeable. They are now being brainwashed by groups on campus and by some professors who have very extreme views which they pass along to their students.

      This ensures that the hateful material is often viewed as serious options to follow and in which believe.

  • It’s ALL censorship. Avoid offending 2% of the population.

    WE’RE offended, but WE’re only 1% of the population. Maybe the wrong 1%, at that.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      I understand your valid point about censorship but then you reveal your supremacist bent by suggesting that people who are offended by Hitler and the Holocaust are “wrong.” Perhaps you and your family have never experienced pogroms and The Holocaust – or maybe they were the ones who carried out the orders to gas and burn Jews and all other groups not deemed racially pure by Hitler and other Europeans before and during WWII.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    This is not censorship. It is taking the words and beliefs of the world’s most heinous mass murderer off the shelves of a private company. This will not prevent determined people from getting their hands on this crap, but the company is saying not in my store. Good for them!

    Indigo is a company and they can do what they want with respect to how they stock their shelves. If this were a public library, then there might be a good reason and case to leave the detritus on the shelves for academic and research purposes.

    • Elisa Hategan

      Yes, unfortunately hate material is all available online. But removing this garbage from stores prevents the hate-mongers from monetizing and funding their work. So if Indigo chooses not to aid the haters and revisionists by allowing them sales opportunities, kudos to them – and shame on those who still allow it (hint, Amazon).