The like to call themselves “revisionists.” By so doing they seek to link themselves to legitimate schools of historical research. Revisionsits – the real ones – are people who question accepted historical ideas.
For example, those historians who questioned whether the Versailles Treaty was a good one, were called revisionists. They are trying to revise accepted historical norms. However much one might disagree with their conclusions, no one suggests that they are basing their argument on lies.
Deniers, in contrast, are not trying to revise. They are denying and, in order to make their case, building it on lies and fabrications.
With this as background, readers might be interested in Arthur Butz’s attempt to argue that he is not a denier. This is drawn from his interview with the Iranian news service, MNA.
The irony is that in his first point he says it all. I have highlighted that statement. [Butz is the professor of Electrical Egineering at Northwest University who wrote one of the first pseudo-scientific denial books.]
In 1976 I published a book entitled "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century", in which I argued:
1. The alleged slaughter of millions of Jews by the Germans, during World War II, did not happen.
2. The extermination allegation is properly termed a hoax, that is to say, a deliberately contrived falsehood. It was not at its source an honest misunderstanding or accidental falsehood.
3. The hoax had a Zionist provenance and motivation.
Butz goes on to congratulate Iranian President Ahmadinejad's for being the first head of state to speak out clearly on these issues, and regret only that it was not a Western head of state.
Note his first point. If that is not denial, I don't know what is.