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Denial: Holocaust History on Trial

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Denial: Holocaust History on Trial

Deborah E. Lipstadt

ISBN 9780062659651

In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called putative World War II historian David Irving “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial”, a conclusion that she reached by examining his cunning manipulations of evidence, partisanship to Hitler, persistent exoneration of the Third Reich, and his confirmed celebrity among swelling ranks of anti-Semitic organizations internationally. In 1994, Irving filed a libel lawsuit, not in the U.S. courtroom—where the onus of proof lies on the plaintiff, but in the UK—where the onus of proof lies on the defendant. At stake were not only the reputations of two historians, but the record of history itself.

The four-month trial took place in London in 2000 and drew international attention. With the help of a first-rate team of solicitors and historians and the support of her UK publisher, Penguin, Lipstadt won, her victory proclaimed on the front page of major newspapers around the world. Part history, part real life courtroom drama, Denial is Lipstadt’s riveting, blow-by-blow account of the trial that tested the standards of historical and judicial truths and resulted in a formal denunciation of the infamous Holocaust denier.





The Author

Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies and director of the Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.





Reviews, News & Interviews:



Chilling. . . . Lipstadt provides persuasive evidence that for all the concern over neo-Nazis, Hitler’s most effective last battalion may turn out to be the pseudo-historians who devote their energies to arguing the Holocaust was a lie. -New York Newsday

A dose of strong medicine that is intended to restore some sanity to the study of what did and did not happen. . . . Lipstadt establishes herself as a leading historian of “second generation” Holocaust studies. -Los Angeles Times


Deborah Lipstadt’s absorbing narrative . . . will be read with interest and gratitude by future generations of students and teachers. -Elie Wiesel