Leggi della memoria e concorrenza vittimaria. Un bilancio del caso francese

Author/s Diego Guzzi
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/7 Language Italian
Pages 6 P. 42-47 File size 109 KB
DOI 10.3280/HM2011-007005
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A recent debate on the introduction of a law against illegitimate historical revisionism in Italy is the occasion of an assessment of the situation in France, where the Gayssot Act has prohibited Holocaust denial since 1990. It is arguable that the negative consequences of this law did not directly concern freedom of speech. Actually, no historian has been sentenced to date because of his writings. Instead, the main effect has been victims competing with each other. After the Gayssot Act other minorities - for example the Armenians - have claimed that their suffering should be officially recognized, while being justified this may involve a concrete danger. When history and justice are subordinated to a question of group identity, the very basis of democratic society might be put at risk.

Keywords: Historical revisionism, Gayssot Act, Holocaust, <i>lois mémorielles</i>, freedom of speech, Pierre Vidal-Naquet

Diego Guzzi, Leggi della memoria e concorrenza vittimaria. Un bilancio del caso francese in "HISTORIA MAGISTRA" 7/2011, pp 42-47, DOI: 10.3280/HM2011-007005