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Holocaust is topic of speech, April 18

Deborah Lipstadt will speak on "Denying the Holocaust: Perspectives from a British Courtroom" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, is the author of "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory," the first full-length study of the phenomenon of Holocaust denial. As a result of that book, she was sued for libel in Britain by David Irving, a right wing extremist and self-proclaimed Hilter enthusiast. The trial, in which Lipstadt was vindicated after five years of litigation, was described by the Daily Telegraph as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations."

Lipstadt, who was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, also has written "Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust." Her talk is the 23rd Carolyn Drucker '80 Memorial Lecture and is under the auspices of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. It is co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies and the Center for Jewish Life.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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