Davis N.Z. -Censorship, silence and resistance

This paper attempts to demonstrate that many historians have resisted the censorship of historical thought, either inside or outside tyrannical regimes, throughout the twentieth century.

Those who actively struggled against persecution were either directly threatened and resisted the threat, or less personally involved but fighting for the cause of history, academic freedom and human rights. A third group, frequently in the background, consisted of all the outsiders who attempted to maintain solidarity with their persecuted colleagues. In addition, historians, in a unique professional reflex, are able to supplement contemporary resistance with retroactive resistance. They possess the power to reopen cases and challenge the rulers’ amnesia and falsification of history․