Does Amazon really know what it’s selling?
Many moons ago I wrote an Observer column about how Amazon’s self-publishing system was turning into a a machine for generating lucrative spam. Now, an investigation by The Kernel reports that it may also be an engine for circulating Holocaust denial literature, as well as other dubious stuff. The article goes on to claim that Amazon makes this kind of stuff available even in territories where it’s illegal.
Feeling slightly sceptical about this, I logged onto amazon.co.uk and searched for “Did Six Million Really Die?”. And, lo and behold, there it was.
The blurb reads:
Fifth full-updated 2011 edition. Shows that German records said there were 4.5 million Jews under Nazi control. There have been 4.3 million “victim” claims since the war; The Auschwitz Camp Museum has confessed that the “gas chamber” shown to tourists is fake; How original German architect plans of Auschwitz show no “gas chambers”; How forensic chemical examination of Auschwitz has disproved the use of Zyklon-B as a homicidal agent; How official Israeli and Polish university archaeological digs at Belzec, Chelmno and Sobibor have failed to find any evidence of “gas chambers”; How the “gas chambers” at Majdanek have glass windows, baths and real water showers; How a delousing chamber at Dachau has been misrepresented as a homicidal gas chamber. Includes for the first time ever, original photographs of a real Zyklon-B pellet insertion mechanism in one of the delousing chambers; How “eyewitness survivor” memoirs, including that of Simon Wiesenthal have been forged; and why the story was made up.
As I write, the book is “Temporarily out of stock”, but Amazon Prime customers can have it delivered free when it’s back in stock.