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Controversial Holocaust historian dies

Ernst Nolte, a German historian whose views on the Holocaust and Nazism caused uproar in the late 20th century, has died at the age of 93.

Nolte, who triggered a historical dispute in Germany when he published an essay called The Past That Will Not Pass, died in hospital on 18 August.

His essay introduced a different perspective on 20th-century history, casting the Russian revolution of 1917 as the central event in the rise of Nazism. This extended to the idea that the Holocaust was a defensive reaction to the class murder in the gulags.

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