Friday, March 18, 2011

the Naysayers

On St Patrick's Day I was fortunate enough to hear Deborah Lipstadt speak at Viterbo University on Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism.  She is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.  

Her new book, The Eichmann Trial was just released on March 15th and went into the second printing by the next day.

                        She was sued by David Irving for libel and told of her
trial in England where she managed to proof her innocence and in doing so debunked his claims of denying the Holocaust.  The judge found him to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an antisemite and a liar.

She has written several books on this subject and is an historical consultant to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped design the section of the museum dedicated tot he American response to the Holocaust.
She has been called upon by presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush to represent the US in several capacity..
She was an amazing speaker and it was fascinating to listen to her tell of the court battle and the inability to speak to the public.  She recounted the story of a survivor pushing her way to the front of a crowd, exposing the numbers tattooed on her arm, and telling her thank you for doing this for the survivors.
For information on this subject that uses references from the actual trial, to to

1 comment:

  1. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet a couple of the camp survivors. Although their stories broke my heart, I'm ever so grateful for having this opportunity to meet with them. This was a sad part of history that should never be forgotten. Hugs, Edna B.