History On Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier by Deborah E. LipstadtHistory On Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier by Deborah E. Lipstadt

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

byDeborah E. Lipstadt

Paperback | April 4, 2006

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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.

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.
Title:History On Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust DenierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:April 4, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read for both lawyers and historians This story is an important one, both for understanding the responsibility of researching and writing on history and the imperfect nature of libel laws for determining truth. Unfortunately, Lipstadt is not a perfect narrator of her own story. She comes across at times as sanctimonious and unable to appreciate the shades of grey in such a complex topic. But the book is nonetheless worthwhile as a recounting of this important case.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright This book was what I expected but was not what I hoped for. Dr Lipstadt gives an interesting play by play of the case between herself and David Irving but fails to convincingly show why it is so important. Several times throughout the book she implies that the reader should understand why and as a historian myself I understand the importance. Unfortunatley I do not think that the average reader will fully grasp the significance of the judge's decision. This book is obviously written with that reader in mind (as the style of writting makes it painfully obvious). Also all throughout the book Dr Lipstadt comes across as a very pompous intellectual with little regard for anyone who disagrees with her in the slightest way regarding anything to do with the Holocaust. (This of course excludes Irving but includes many other well respected historians)
Date published: 2009-08-19

Editorial Reviews

“Compelling…. Lipstadt’s vigorous account is a window into a Jewish community still grappling with the loss of 6 million souls.”