A search on Amazon UK for the renowned historian of the Holocaust, Raul Hilberg, returns a book called ‘The Six Million: Fact or Fiction’ as its fourth result. The search also returns a book by prominent Swiss Holocaust denier Jürgen Graf on the first page and as well as books titled ‘The Hoax of the 20th Century’, ‘Breaking the Spell: The Holocaust, Myth and Reality’ and ‘Debating the Holocaust’. Clicking on any of these results reveals dozens of similar books as suggested purchases, many of which average 4- and 5-star reviews. As well as Holocaust denial, there are books alleging that Jews and/or ‘Zionists’ operate a global conspiracy to control world governments, that Wiemar Germany’s government was covertly dominated by Jews, that Jews ran concentration camps carrying our mass murder in the Soviet Union, and that the international Jewry overwhelmingly holds beliefs of ‘Jewish supremacy’.
Despite the fact that Amazon has, under public pressure, taken action to remove products bearing the Confederate flag, the company has yet to respond to various concerns about the amount of Holocaust denial material that is sold on the site. In 2008, Amazon removed a series of t-shirts, sold by Direct Collection, which expressed support for various prominent Nazis, citing as justification for the products’ appearance on the site the fact that as millions of products are sold on the site by third parties, individually screening each one becomes an impossibility. However, in the case of many of these books, they are being “dispatched and sold by Amazon” directly, thus no such defense can be offered.
Amazon’s general conditions prohibit the sale of “offensive material, including material that incites racial hatred or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation or age”. There is currently a petition for Amazon to remove Holocaust denial material.