Holocaust History on Trial

Book - 2016
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In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called putative WWII historian David Irving "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." A prolific author of books on Nazi Germany who has claimed that more people died in Ted Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, Irving responded by filing a libel lawsuit in the United Kingdom -- where the burden of proof lies on the defendant, not on the plaintiff. At stake were not only the reputations of two historians but the record of history itself.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2016
Edition: First movie tie-in edition
ISBN: 9780062659651
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 LIPST LIPST
Characteristics: xxiii, 346, 18 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Holocaust history on trial
Notes: New foreword by screenwriter David Hare. Afterword by Alan Dershowitz


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Nov 14, 2016

This is a carefully written book about an author who was taken to court for libel by a holocaust denier. The author did his best to make it an accurate history of the trial with all the dialogue being taken from the transcripts of the trial. The expert witnesses in the trial went into a lot of detail about their research into the Holocaust. In some ways, it was a hard read (because of the heaviness of the subject, it's not something to read before you go to bed), but it was a really good read and I'd recommend it to anyone. I've gotten some other history books out of the library recently and was disappointed in them after I read this book, because the level of scholarship in this book was so much better.

(Some libraries have this book already and it is in the Choice Reads display. I picked it up at either Auburn or Renton (I go to both and I can't remember which)).


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