Aug 06, 2020
Denial: Holocaust History on Trial
Posted by Deborah E. Lipstadt

In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial The following year, after Lipstadt s book was published in the United Kingdom, Irving filed a libel suit against Lipstadt and her publisher She prepared her defense with the helpIn her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial The following year, after Lipstadt s book was published in the United Kingdom, Irving filed a libel suit against Lipstadt and her publisher She prepared her defense with the help of a first rate team of solicitors, historians, and experts, and a dramatic trial unfolded.Denial, previously published as History on Trial, is Lipstadt s riveting, blow by blow account of this singular legal battle, which resulted in a formal denunciation of a Holocaust denier that crippled the movement for years to come Lipstadt s victory was proclaimed on the front page of major news papers around the world, such as The Times UK , which declared that history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.

  • Title: Denial: Holocaust History on Trial
  • Author: Deborah E. Lipstadt
  • ISBN: 9780062659651
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Denial Holocaust History on Trial In her acclaimed book Denying the Holocaust Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving a prolific writer of books on World War II one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial The fol

    Matt

    I don t see any reason to be tasteful about Auschwitz, World War II historian David Irving told a Calgary audience in 1991 It s baloney It s a legend Irving had written a book in 1977 called Hitler s War that attempted to rehabilitate the reputation of the F hrer Since then, he had begun giving talks to groups who were if we are being extremely generous skeptical of the Holocaust Later in his speech, undoubtedly with a naughty boy relish, Irving slyly mused that in fact women died on the back s [...]


    Elliot Ratzman

    David Irving, Holocaust denier, is a walking psychology case study in narcissism, chronic lying, cognitive dissonance, and willful ignorance In British court, he sued historian Deborah Lipstadt for describing him as a Holocaust denier in her book This is a page turning account of the suit, the trial, and the aftermath it is also a recommendable description and appreciation of the craft of Historians The most annoying thing about this book is Lipstadt s incessant fretting, anxious worrying, and p [...]


    Chris

    Edited on the 18 Dec 2016 Teaching this next year so re read.Book is better on the re read.I need to point out that the only reason why I gave this book three stars is that sometimes the style feels a little a like a list I m not sure how Lipstadt could have made an English trial lively, but I m trying to be fair.Lipstadt is da bomb She is my new hero She is awesome And her lawyers are awesomer yes, I know that it is not really a word, but really there is no other way to put it.I would highly r [...]


    Kimba Tichenor

    In 1993, Deborah E Lipstadt, a full professor at Emory University, published Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory The following year, she found herself subject to a libel suit by David Irving, a British amateur historian , who had published numerous books on Hitler and World War II Irving accused her of defamation of character because she had labeled him a Holocaust denier whose allegations were based on his ideology of anti Semitism This book is her account of the libel [...]


    Colleen

    My interest in this book waxed and waned but ultimately I m glad I read it The author, Deborah Lipstadt, a well educated, opinionated, and headstrong Jewish woman wrote a book called Denying the Holocaust, in which she described the historian, David Irving, as very dangerous because he was a well respected author who continually tried to defend Hitler and the Nazis and denied the Holocaust had occurred Because of the way British law works Lipstadt was the one who had to prove Irving was a liar w [...]


    K

    Deborah Lipstadt is my new go to for Tisha be Av reading Here, she gives a detailed account of the lawsuit to which she was subjected when Holocaust denier David Irving sued her for libel Lipstadt won the case, and Irving was repeatedly discredited as a pseudo historian drawing the target around the arrow in pursuit of his antisemitic agenda, which was unequivocally demonstrated throughout the trial.The level of detail strengthened Lipstadt s case against Irving but also made this a bit of a cha [...]


    Lucy

    I appreciated the premise of the book, but there were entirely too many moments when she irritated me for me truly to like the book For instance, she seemed to have completely forgotten the fact that people other than Jews were killed in the Holocaust Her stance on certain things which I did not see as necessarily pertinent to the topic of the book and which I frankly disagree with was quite clear.


    Steve Smits

    Having seen the recent movie Denial I thought the book might be worth the read The movie was good, but the full length treatment that a book provides is always certain to be satisfying The titles of each are suitable for attracting the interest of viewers and readers, but overlook, I think, what is also on trial here historians, historiography and freedom of speech.David Irving is a prolific writer of histories of Hitler and World War II, well known for taking iconoclastic and revisionist views [...]


    Laura

    From Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.With Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall.


    Kate

    Interesting combination of history book, courtroom drama, and commentary on historical method Lipstadt does a very good job of combining all these elements and transitions between them in a way that seems natural It could have easily gone terribly wrong for example, I doubt that a general American audience knows much about either British court procedure or the exact mechanics of concentration camp elevators It could have been very confusing trying to juggle explanations for both of these at the [...]


    Dynasti

    This book was amazing Holocaust denial IS ABSOLUTELY Absurd In several countries Holocaust denial is against the law, and deniers have been punished with stiff fines and prison sentences Debora does a great job showing the lies one denier, David Irving who became a renown historian based on his lies He is fraudulence and actually falsifies a bunch of historical record There is a lot to learn from this book, not least importantly that one must be very careful about believing what one reads in new [...]


    Tam

    I never felt like Lipstadt really understood trial procedure and had a general tendency to get offended at rather mundane proceedings This book didn t really live up to its rather exciting premise


    Jo

    Denial Holocaust History on TrialBy Deborah E LipstadtSynopsisIn her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial The following year, after Lipstadt s book was published in the United Kingdom, Irving filed a libel suit against Lipstadt and her publisher She prepared her defense with the help of a first rate team of solicitors, historians, and experts, and a [...]


    Lisa

    I m a bit hesitant about reviewing Denial because I don t care to give conspiracy theorists any air on this blog and the fellow who unsuccessfully sued the author Deborah Lipstadt for libel is one of the most egregious But the movie tie in edition of the book was there at the library and I had heard about the win in court because it was front page news all over the world What interested me, was how could the author contrive to make the story interesting, given that anyone who was paying attentio [...]


    Deborah Ideiosepius

    This was a fascinating account of a legal battle and trial that should never have happened In 1993, the American author and career academic Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book called Denying the Holocaust about the trend in, well, denying that the Holocaust happened Her primary research does relate to the Holocaust but not to deniers, that was a specific project and grant given to her by a specific American university In that book she mentioned in passing a WWII academic and author by the name of Davi [...]


    Erick

    This is a powerful and important book It is important to remember just how easy, bad people like to screw up the reality of history and truth It s powerful because Lipstadt does a great job not only recounting the trial, but doing so in a compelling and vulnerable way.


    Hermien

    Just as fascinating as the film.


    Esther Ho

    I was looking for a word to describe the feelings this book brought me, and there it is in the book as Prof Lipstadt described the night before the verdict overwhelming.For some this may be a very boring book But for anyone interested in Holocaust, or history, or law, or whoever watched the film Denial and found it interesting, this is an excellent book to read Even though, it s also extremely appalling to read There are many points when I was reading this book that I couldn t control my tears a [...]


    Sarah

    Phenomenal An emotionally heavy and charged book, but definitely worth the read, especially in today s political climate Instead of waxing on about how meaningful it was, I will leave you with three of the quotes that most stayed with me People like David Irving do not throw firebombs They throw the words that can cause others to throw those firebombs Hajo Funke, page 237There is however, one act of loving kindness that supersedes all of the others because it cannot be reciprocated Taking care o [...]


    Yeva B

    I loved this book, and I find it funny how many other reviewers were put off by a Jewish woman describing her anxiety and taking the matters so personally I think she was stoic than many would have been in her situation when a vicious antisemite decided to attack her reputation and livelihood I think this book was beautifully written and brought me to tears on multiple occasions Lipstadt put enormous trust into her legal team and followed their instruction at every turn, even when she didn t un [...]


    Sean Watson

    Exceptionally well written account of a fascinating trial Lipstadt s book on Holocaust deniers devoted around 100 words to David Irving, labeling him as the most dangerous of the deniers because his WW2 books were taken seriously despite the fact that he routinely falsified history He sued her in British court where the burden of proof is on the defendent She would have to prove the truth of her words rather than Irving being forced to prove she lied Her only other option was to admit she lied a [...]


    victor harris

    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 think Lipstadt veered into too many irrelevancies not connected with the case itself and this detracted from the rating The descriptions of her frustrations and anxiety during the trial, though understandable, became tedious They frequently disrupted the flow of reading in dealing with the central matters [...]


    Laurie

    I found the premise of this book fascinating, and it was very readable and interesting as a courtroom drama I was put off by how little faith Lipstadt seemed to have in her legal counsel and in the judge to be astute, aware, and reasonable Though her worries were unfounded time and again, she continued to doubt their methods and conclusions This became very tedious.


    Edward Weiner

    Definitely worth reading The trial is interesting, but the most important lesson of this book is the analysis of modern day racism in general, and anti semitism in particular.


    Kristina

    l forms of prejudice are impervious to reason, they cannot be disproved Therefore, in every generation they must be fought.


    Susie Craig

    I have just finished reading Prof Deborah Lipstadt s book, Denial, Holocaust History on Trial and it is a fascinating and well written story The movie was good but the book is even better, detail and interesting Thinking that he had a greater chance of succeeding in England, David Irving sued Prof Lipstadt over statements that he claimed damaged his reputation Although Jewish history during the Holocaust is there and horrifying in its facts, it is ultimately about the responsibility of those w [...]


    Terry Pitts

    After watching the movie Denial, a courtroom drama that resulted when British Holocaust denier David Irving sued US historian Deborah Lipstadt for libel after she wrote, among other things, that he was one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial After several years of research and preparation, the trial itself lasted for months and resulted in complete victory for Lipstadt I wanted to read the book largely to learn about British law and how the British legal system operates, wh [...]


    Meredith

    Fascinating and gripping The account of the trial itself is harrowing as it discusses horrendous facts of the Holocaust and simultaneous the denial of these facts by Mr Irving Each point in which it was proved he had distorted the truth he brushed under the carpet, lied, denied and tried to obscure I found these quotes fascinating The first two are from the words of David Hare on why he felt that this story should be recounted as a film, the last from the afterward by Alan Dershowitz on why the [...]


    J❆sephine (TheSeventhCrow)

    4 starsThis was a very interesting read I m not sure why, but the 20th century is a part of history that I find fascinating So much happened in those 100 years, and so much of it still affects us today.I really enjoyed this book I didn t know there were such people as holocaust deniers until I saw this in the bookstore, and, having read through it, I find it difficult to understand and believe that there are people that consciously twist and turn facts and evidence to favour their strange and up [...]


    James

    Spellbinding and powerfully written book Deborah Lipstadt is or was the head of Jewish Studies at Emory University in Atlanta She had previously written Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory David Irving was a prominent historian, Holocaust denier and anti Semite mentioned in the book David Irving proceeded to sue the author under the UK s libel laws, where the defendant bears the burden of proving that the writing was true, and the losing party pays the winner s attorney [...]



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