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Historian Deborah E. Lipstadt to discuss Holocaust denial in the 21st century, including her historic legal battle with David Irving, October 28, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Historian Deborah E. Lipstadt will discuss “Holocaust Denial in the 21st Century: A Clear and Present Danger or the Equivalent of Flat Earth Theory?” on Thursday, October 28, at 5:30pm in Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Free and open to the public, this event is presented by the Vassar College Jewish Studies Program with support from the Fishman Seminar Fund.

Lipstadt’s presentation will include recounting her historic six-year legal battle against British author David Irving. In 1996 Irving sued Lipstadt for referring to him as a Holocaust denier and extremist. The Daily Telegraph (London) wrote that the trial had “done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations,” and the New York Times declared that the trial “put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler.” When describing the trial and its outcome, The Times (London) noted that, “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.” Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005), which details the story of the trial, was called by Kirkus a “fascinating and meritorious work of legal – and moral – history.”

Deborah Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, in Atlanta, GA. Her other books include Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (Free Press/Macmillan, 1993), the first full-length study of those who deny the Holocaust; and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust (Free Press/Macmillan, 1986, 1993). Lipstadt has received numerous teaching awards from Emory and was the 2005 winner of the Al Chernin Award, given by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to the person who best exemplifies protection of the First Amendment. She has served as an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and, from 1996 to 1999, was a member of the United States State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, October 19, 2010