The Case For Auschwitz: Evidence From The Irving Trial

Paperback | March 23, 2016

byRobert Jan Van Pelt

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From January to April 2000 historian David Irving brought a high-profile libel case against Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt in the British High Court, charging that Lipstadt's book, Denying the Holocaust (1993), falsely labeled him a Holocaust denier. The question about the evidence for Auschwitz as a death camp played a central role in these proceedings. Irving had based his alleged denial of the Holocaust in part on a 1988 report by an American execution specialist, Fred Leuchter, which claimed that there was no evidence for homicidal gas chambers in Auschwitz. In connection with their defense, Penguin and Lipstadt engaged architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt to present evidence for our knowledge that Auschwitz had been an extermination camp where up to one million Jews were killed, mainly in gas chambers. Employing painstaking historical scholarship, van Pelt prepared and submitted an exhaustive forensic report that he successfully defended in cross-examination in court.

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From January to April 2000 historian David Irving brought a high-profile libel case against Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt in the British High Court, charging that Lipstadt's book, Denying the Holocaust (1993), falsely labeled him a Holocaust denier. The question about the evidence for Auschwitz as a death camp played a central rol...

Robert Jan van Pelt is Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Canada. He is author (with Debrah Dwork) of Auschwitz: 1270 to the Present and winner of a National Jewish Book Award, 1996, and of the Spiro Kostof Book Award of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:March 23, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253022983

ISBN - 13:9780253022981

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgments
1. The Negationists' Challenge to Auschwitz
2. Marshaling the Evidence
3. Intentional Evidence
4. Confessions and Trials
5. "Witnesses Despite themselves"
6. Auschwitz at the Irving Trial
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Although at times potentially difficult for the lay reader, this book is worth reading for its explanation of how and why Auschwitz became central in the Irving-Lipstadt trial, as well as why the gas chambers have become so important for Holocaust denial. It is a significant contribution to the Holocaust canon." -Jewish Book Council