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College of Arts and Sciences

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Location: MyCarolina Alumni Center Ballroom, 900 Senate Street

Speaker: Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University

Topic: Contemporary Antisemitism: An Enduring Form of Prejudice and Hatred

Abstract: Deborah E. Lipstadt was sued for libel in 1996 by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. After a 10-week trial in London in 2000, in an overwhelming victory for Lipstadt, the judge found Irving to be a “neo-Nazi polemicist” who “perverts” history and engages in “racist” and “anti-Semitic” discourse. The Daily Telegraph described the trial as having “done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations.”   

The 2016 movie “Denial” starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkenson tells the story of this legal battle. It is based on Lipstadt’s book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier” (Harper Collins, 2006), which was recently reissued as “Denial: Holocaust History on Trial” (Harper Collins, 2016). The film was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award as one of the best British films of the year. 

Lipstadt has written most recently “Holocaust: An American Understanding,” (Rutgers, 2016), which explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945. At Emory, Lipstadt directs the website known as HDOT, Holocaust Denial on Trial, which contains a complete archive of the proceedings of Irving v. Penguin UK and Deborah Lipstadt. It also provides answers to frequent claims made by deniers.

Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, helping design the section of the museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust. 

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jewish Studies Program