Denial: Holocaust History on Trial

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

  • Title: Denial: Holocaust History on Trial
  • Author: Deborah E. Lipstadt
  • ISBN: 9780062659651
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. “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 Führer. 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 muse [...]

    2. 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, [...]

    3. 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 more 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 wou [...]

    4. 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 th [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 c [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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 more 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 revision [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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

    13. 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 ex [...]

    14. 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 pay [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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.

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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. [...]

    19. 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 more 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 di [...]

    20. 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 li [...]

    21. 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 ma [...]

    22. 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.

    23. 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.

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

    25. 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, more detail and more 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 responsibi [...]

    26. 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 more about British law and how the British legal syste [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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 a [...]

    29. 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 a [...]

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