Renowned Historian to Lecture on Holocaust Denial in the 21st Century

Author: Arts and Letters

Deborah Esther Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, will deliver a lecture titled “Holocaust Denial in the 21st Century: New Forms of Antisemitism” on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30p.m. in McKenna Hall.

Lipstadt is known for her six-year legal battle and eventual victory against British writer David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist in one of her early works. She recounts this chapter of her life in her book Denying the Holocaust, History on Trial: My Day in court with David Irving (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005).

Through the course of her scholarly career, Lipstadt has served as a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and served two terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council after being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. She represented President George W. Bush as a member of the official American delegation to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and served as a member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.

Director of the Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Lipstadt has authored a number of works including Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (Free Press/Macmillan, 1993) and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust (Free Press/Macmillan, 1986, 1993).

Lipstadt will be available for book signing following the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Originally published by College of Arts and Letters at on March 16, 2009.