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Fall 2017 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

Deborah E. Lipstadt (Emory University)—“Contemporary Antisemitism: An Enduring Form of Prejudice and Hatred”

The Fall 2017 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10 will be postponed due to potential effects from Hurricane Irma. When the event is rescheduled, we will update this page with details.

 

 

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

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. 

 

Free film screening of “Denial

Date: September 6, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Russell House University Union Theater, 1400 Greene, St.

As part of the Fall 2017 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies, there will be a free screening of the film “Denial” starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson. The 2016 movie is based on a book by speaker Deborah E. Lipstadt.  A professor at Emory University, 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 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 screening is free and open to the public.