History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier

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Harper Collins, Apr 4, 2006 - History - 400 pages
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In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called putative WWII historian David Irving "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." A prolific author of books on Nazi Germany who has claimed that more people died in Ted Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, Irving responded by filing a libel lawsuit in the United Kingdom -- where the burden of proof lies on the defendant, not on the plaintiff. At stake were not only the reputations of two historians but the record of history itself.

 

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The content concerning the issues of the trial (Holocaust Denial) was interesting, and the process of evaluating evidence and sources was also informative and a good study in historiography. I did ... Read full review

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Deborah Lipstadt's account of the trial forced upon her when sued for libel by David Irving is absolutely gripping. Several important points about the trial are made crystal clear, even to a general ... Read full review

Contents

A Personal and Scholarly Odyssey
3
The Defense Strategy
27
A Forensic Tour
51
Our Objective Changes
67
THE TRIAL
69
All Rise
77
Not a Denier but a Victim
87
The Chain of Documents
99
An American Professor
151
Exonerating Hitler Excoriating the Allies
161
Fighting Words
173
Phone Chains Psalms and Sleepless
267
Enormous Thanks
285
The Jesters Costume
291
Afterword by Alan Dershowitz
303
Notes
311

Random Killings or Systematic Genocide?
109
Queues and Gas Chamber Controversies
127
Index
329
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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.

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