I think it's been pretty well documented that it's not any kind of a myth or distortion of history.
However, I do find the attention it gets, in light of so many other similar attrocities, kind of odd. Even now, 60 years later, there are documentaries being made(i just saw one with an interview of Hitler's personal secretary...very good); and I was told a number of years ago by a German student that the history of it is talked about incessently in German schools, to the point of overkill.
Of course, it should be talked about and never forgotten! But, what about the other holocausts that don't get the same publicity? What about the Armenian genocide?(The one Hitler made mention to when devising his Holocaust and how he could "pull it off" by saying "But who remembers the genocide of the Armenians?") What about the Ukrainian starvations of the 1930's? And of course, what about Russia and all of the Gulag's of the former Soviet bloc? What about the 100 million dead at the hands of Communism world-wide? These things aren't as widely talked about.
I suppose there are various reasons the Jewish Holocaust has gotten so much attention- One interesting theory I've heard(I don't know if I necessarily buy into it!) is that the Jewish people, from day one, have been a victimized people, and it's through this victimization that they have their identity. Being victims is an essential part of their history and psychological make-up, so an endless discussion of how they are victimized will always be expected.
Russians and Eastern Europeans on the other hand, who faced persecutions as well view things from a more Christian perspective and believe that the sufferings endured are preparing them for the Kingdom.-That they will be rewarded in heaven for the hardships and suffering is redemptive....not something that defines their character on earth, but in heaven.
Interesting theories I suppose...
I don't know where I stand, but I do know of course that any kind of mass murder isn't a good thing.