Dr Deborah E Lipstadt
professor of Holocaust Studies, Emory University, Atlanta; author, Antisemitism: Here and Now; defendant, Irving v Penguin UK and Lipstadt (2000)

Dr Deborah E Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, 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. 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.

The movie Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkenson with a screenplay by David Hare, 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), and recently reissued as Denial (Harper Collins, 2016). The film was nominated for a BAFTA as one of the best British films of the year.

Lipstadt’s latest book, Antisemitism: Here and Nowwas published by Scribe in 2018. Her other books include, The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Concerned Student (Schocken 2018); Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016); The Eichmann Trial, (Schocken/Nextbook, 2011); Beyond Belief: The American Press And The Coming Of The Holocaust, 1933-1945 (Free Press, 1986)

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. She has held a presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Follow Deborah on Twitter: @deborahlipstadt

RELATED SESSIONS

Saturday 2 November, 17:30 Auditorium 1
Interrogating anti-Semitism with Deborah Lipstadt and Frank Furedi

Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Cinema 1
The rise of toxic politics: can we be civil?