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I do not wish to be controversial but this is the only place I feel I can ask the question. This question was asked on the history site but I am now trying to understand the psychological cause and effects of the following:

I was recently shocked to hear about a certain group of people denying the Holocaust, especially on Holocaust day a few weeks ago.

As I was listening to the arguments put forward, it seemed very clear to me that the people arguing totally believed it was a "hoax".

I also understand a film has been made about this after a very controversial court case who went all the way to the high court.

Can anyone explain why someone can be in total denial of a fact that can be proven.

Do they live in an alternate consciousness? Is it an illness? Can these people be turned back to see the facts... or dare I say the truth?

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  • $\begingroup$ Out of interest, is the previous question you refer to here? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Feb 18 '17 at 0:23
  • $\begingroup$ This article might help with your question $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Feb 18 '17 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ No. It's not that answer. There's another but it's highly politicised. I am interested in the psychology for such strong denial $\endgroup$ – user33232 Feb 18 '17 at 6:20
  • $\begingroup$ It is. That's what I am looking for. $\endgroup$ – user33232 Feb 18 '17 at 13:05