Several books with titles such as The Myth of Extermination of the Jews and Holocaust: The Greatest Lie Ever Told are available to buy on the online retailer, with some receiving four star reviews.
Several editions are available, in paperback and on Kindle, of the notorious 1974 pamphlet Did Six Million Really Die? by a member of the British National Front.
And another book, The Six Million: Fact or Fiction? by Peter Winter, was available for sale via Amazon Germany, where Holocaust denial is a crime.
The titles were also available for sale in Italy and France, where penalties are imposed for denying the genocide that killed more than six million Jewish people during the Second World War.
Other anti-Semitic texts, such as a book claiming the German Weimar Republic, which preceded the rise of the Nazis, was controlled by Jewish people and another comparing them to devil worshippers, are also available on the site.
The problem isn’t that the story got its facts wrong so much as what was left out of the story.
Yes, you can find Holocaust denial books on Amazon, but what the Independent and the Daily Mail didn’t tell you was that you can find those same stories in other bookstores as well.
Did Amazon have a greater selection? I think so, but that is not the point.
When the press reports on Amazon selling Holocaust denial books, and then leaves out the detail that similar books can be found in other bookstores, they are not telling the complete story.
By leaving out important context, the media is lying by omission, and is creating the impression that Amazon is uniquely terrible when in fact the retailer is one of several guilty parties.
And that is the real story here.
image by Mike Roberts NYC