In the case of the Holocaust, an appreciation of the special role that law can play in securing an adequate understanding of the past largely prompted the Allies at the end of World War II to agree upon a juridical response to Nazi crimes. The Nuremberg Trials, the Allies maintained, were less an instrument of retribution than one of pedagogy, in which the law would provide a public forum for historical instruction and neutral judgment.
Id. at 368369.
Because the movement to disseminate these myths is neither scholarship nor historiography, I have chosen to eschew the term revisionism whenever possible and instead to use the term denial to describe it. The deniers selection of the name revisionist to describe themselves is indicative of their basic strategy of deceit and distortion and of their attempt to portray themselves as legitimate historians engaged in the traditional practice of illuminating the past.
Lipstadt, supra note 1, at 20.
That historians are constantly engaged in historical revision is certainly correct; however, what historians do is very different from this advertisement. Historical revision of major events . . . is not concerned with the actuality of these events; rather, it concerns their historical interpretationtheir causes and consequences generally. There is no debate among historians about the actuality of the Holocaust . . . there can be no doubt that the Nazi state systematically put to death millions of Jews, Gypsies, political radicals and other people.
Id. Professors at other universities such as Rutgers University and Northwestern University have put forth similar statements. Id. Most significantly, in December 1991, the American Historical Association, the largest and oldest professional organization for historians, unanimously approved a statement condemning Holocaust denial and stating that [n]o serious historian questions that the Holocaust took place. Id.