Summary: 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 led 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 newspapers around the world, such as The Times (UK), which declared that “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory”…Read more.
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Deborah Lipstadt: Denial – Holocaust History On Trial Audio Book Summary
The audiobook Denial: Holocaust History on Trial is based on the fascinating true story of one of the most prominent legal battles on the history of the Holocaust, author, professor, and leading Holocaust researcher Deborah Lipstadt tells her story of her role in the legal battle against Daniel Irving, one of the Holocaust denial movement’s staunchest and most outspoken supporters.
In her book, Denying The Holocaust, which was originally published in 1993, Lipstadt attacked Irving for his work promoting false theories that denied the Holocaust ever happened. Irving subsequently sued Lipstadt and her publishers for livel, claiming damages on the ground that they were attempting to undercut his work by smearing his reputation with false claims.
The result was a difficult and momentous legal battle, the first in which historians led the charge to publicly denounce and silence the claims of a counter-theorist.
The result made headlines world-wide, as the courts formally denounced the denial-movement, stunting the growth of Holocaust conspiracy theories and proclaiming as effectively ludicrous the facts and evidence used to support them.
This case was a grand victory not just for Holocaust survivors and their families, but also for historians, who were able to set a precedent for legally crippling the growth of conspiracy-themed movements surrounding important historical events, when those movement are based on a poorly hatched series of evidence and false claims.
This work was recently made into a Hollywood film starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall, released in 2016. The film received mostly bland critical reception, though many critics noted the incredible storyline, which originated from Lipstadt’s book.
This audiobook is a must listen for anyone interested in legal or historical non-fiction, or anyone who is interested in the emerging after-effects of World War II history, particularly as they pertain to the Holocaust and the infamous denial movement.