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In response to "Denial.com" by Jeremy McCarter (May 10, 1999), the
latest issue of _The New Republic_ printed 4 letters to the editor
(under the banner "Truth in Labeling"), including one by me, which they
slightly edited. (New Republic, June 14, 1999, p. 53)

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To the Editors:

One reason most librarians oppose the labeling of books, which Jeremy
McCarter suggests that bookstores do, is that it implies that any book
without a label is therefore accurate, good, safe, non-dangerous, etc. 
As anyone can see, this would be impossible to guarantee, and is not the
job of a library or bookseller.

Although the Library of Congress finally adopted the subject heading
"Holocaust Denial Literature" in 1997, many older books were
cataloged with different headings -- hence Walter N. Sanning's book,
_The Dissolution of Eastern European Jewry_, which seeks to prove that
the Jews said to have died in the Holocaust were actually absorbed into
Soviet territory, bears the seemingly inexplicable L.C. subject headings
"Jews --Europe, Eastern--History" and "Europe, Eastern--Ethnic
relations."  It would appear that many of the online booksellers are
using L.C. records.

John A. Drobnicki
Jamaica, New York


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