Thursday, February 23, 2006

Google censors an antisemitic video.... And I am sorry they did

In the last few hours Google Video removed two of revisionist Michael A. Hoffman II's three videos from its free video online website (

According to Hoffman [take anything a denier says with a grain of skepticism] he received the an e-mail from Google informing him that his "videos violate our Program Policies. The titles of the videos are listed at the end of this message. According to our policy, we are removing the following videos: World War Two Revisionist Charles Provan [and] Deborah Lipstadt, "Amalek" and David Irving..."

The video, which was a virulent attack on me by Hoffman, was introduced by David Irving. I had actually placed a link to the video on this blog.

Hoffman attributes its removal to "behind-the-scenes pressure that was exerted on Google." In his statement about the removal he clearly attributes the pressure to me.

Now here's the rub. I am sorry the video is gone. It was such a blatant example of the venomous hatred these folks feel towards Jews. It also was a prime illustration of their delusional conspiracy theories. I had used it in a number of speeches to illustrate their thinking.

I showed clips of it to some of my students to illustrate contemporary antisemitism. They got it without my having to say anything.

Now it's gone....

[At least I know that there is lots more of this kind of stuff out there and I will easily find a replacement for this video. That's what modern Hebrew would describe as hatzi nechama, half a consolation.]


stuaart said...

I presume these videos are available elsewhere online. To be fair, Google is not a public or publically-funded service (it is a company), but I would question its responsibility in removing the video in the same way I'd also reference its recently exposed willingness to collaborate with the Chinese government etc. w.r.t. their censorship of `sensitive' information. I presume Hoffman didn't take that into account when he made his claims about behind-the-scenes pressure and its origins, though.

Adrian Weston said...

The whole google thing is rather troubling - what with their going into China and kowtowing to repressive regimes business. In fact there is a rather timely piece on the bbc site about one of the victims of Tianamen square's recent release after 17 years in gaol which might serve as a reminder of China and freedom of speech issues!

It will be interesting to see whether any people do switch off google.

Randy M. said...

Howdy Ms. Lipstadt,

Heard you last night being interviewed on CBC Radio's "As It Happens" program.

Very good...

Read in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper yesterday about David Irving's troubles in Austria. Very good... (Good that he's going to jail, that is.) Made me pick up my copy of Richard J. Evans book "Telling Lies About Hitler" and start reading it again.

What I don't understand is what happened to him? He used to be not such a bad amateur historian when writing about Erwin Rommel, etc., but his Holocaust denial is just ridiculous. Has he always been a neo-Nazi or when did he go off the deep end?? Evans book isn't really clear about that...

Anyway, I believe he deserves his jail time but I also believe the media shouldn't be making a circus out of it. It is probably for the best just to ignore Irving so he doesn't get free publicity so he can sell his books and other crap...

Really amazing, and sad, that in the year 2006, there is still such enormous antisemitism around the globe. Thank goodness for fighters for the truth such as yourself...

Best wishes and shalom,

Randy Meingast

Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

Jack said...

I notice that GOOGLE is indexing another equally repulsive Irving/Hoffman video
at the following address:


Kevin said...

Professor Lipstadt, as a professional intellectual educator as yourself one must consider the importance of knowledge. Bottom line subjective logic is artificial, our focus as educators is to embrace and encourage objective questioning. Cognitive growth is encouraged through formal operational thinking. Can we agree that the formal operational stage is a healthy dose towards effective and efficient education? I believe you should accept Michael A. Hoffman’s challenge to question the following issues along with the issue of Amalek. The informative event should be video recorded and made available to Google for educational purpose.