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Jewish Studies Program


2000 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 2000


Speaker

Deborah E. Lipstadt

Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies
Emory University, Atlanta

 

"For the Sake of Truth and Memory:
David Irving v. Deborah Lipstadt—Personal Perspectives from a British Courtroom"

September 19

8:00 pm

Gambrell Auditorium

September 20
"New Perspectives on Holocaust Denial"
talk and discussion

2:30 pm

Nursing Bldg. - Room 127

Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She was recently reappointed by President Clinton to a second term on the United States Holocause Memorial Council. She is also a recipient of the Emory Williams award, Emory University's highest teaching award.

Lipstadt's recent victory in what the Jerusalem Post called "the most important Holocaust trial since the Eichmann trial" will be the subject of reflection at this year's lecture.

Lipstadt and her British publisher, Penguin Books, were sued for libel by writer David Irving who objected to Lipstadt's references to him as a Holocaust denier. Lipstadt had made the comments in her book Denying the Holocause: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. In a 33-page ruling, Judge Charles Gray wrote that "Irving had, for his own ideological reasons, persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence" and that Lipstadt and her publishers were "justified" in their views about him.