Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson, each a brilliant presence on its own, together weave the taut fabric for what will have to stand up as truth. The restrained directing by Mick Jackson leads us to consider with much care what could be considered that basic human right: not to be lied to.
What happened is what happened and we will continue to be joined to others in space, and in time… but as long as words exist, they will be used to conceal reality and historical revisionism will endure. There where it hurts the most is where the enemy will strike: as Pierre Vidal-Naquet, the French historian wrote, it is a tentative of extermination on paper that relays the actual extermination. Whether done by a country like Iran, any group or individuals, denying the Holocaust is a form of antisemitism.
Mick Jackson, director, Denial.
Like many people, I greet each day’s news cycle with mounting outrage and alarm. We move deeper into a new Age of Untruth. Demagogues and zealots fill the air with assertions, half-truths and just plain lies. “Climate change is a hoax,” “the President is a Muslim,” “vaccines cause autism,” “Evolution is unproven.” Lying big has become a routine way of advancing political or ideological agendas.
Deborah Lipstadt is a historian & author.
This is a recent interview in the Washington Post: Truth and Lies.
Through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory