In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called author David Irving "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." Irving responded with a libel suit against Lipstadt and her British publisher, which began a five-year long legal battle. At stake were not only the reputations of two individuals, but the record of history itself.
History on Trial chronicles Lipstadt's experiences throughout her battle with Irving, who has claimed that more people died in Ted Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The dramatic trial ultimately exposed the prejudice, extremism, and distortion of history that defined Irving's work. Lipstadt goes beyond the historiography of World War II and the Holocaust to reveal the intricate ways in which extremism and deliberate historical distortions gain widespread legitimacy and help generate hatred.
Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies and Director of the Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.
" An] important and impassioned work ..." -- New York Times Book Review--Newsweek InternationalBinding Type:
7.90h x 5.20w x 1.00dReview Citations: Foreword
05/01/2005 pg. 1Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name:
102398 / History on Trial: My Day in Court with David IrvingReading Level:
9.6 / Interest Level:
Upper Grade / Point Value: