Name: Professor Deborah Lipstadt
Bio: Author of History On Trial and Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory [Free Press, 1993]
Topic to be announced – 6th July 2005
Holocaust Denial and the Extreme Right – 21st July 1994
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.6 No.4 in 1994 (pages 80-90)
History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.3-4 in 2005 (pages 65-77)
In her book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (Free Press 1993), Professor Deborah Lipstadt made reference to historian David Irving as a Holocaust denier. David Irving sued Dr Lipstadt and her British publisher, Penguin Books, for libel in a trial that made headlines around the world. England’s libel laws, unlike American laws, place an onerous burden of proof on the defendant – in this case, Dr Lipstadt. Dr Lipstadt and Penguin won their case resoundingly and exposed Irving’s pseudo scholarship and false mythology. To reflect on the highs and lows of the trial, Deborah Lipstadt addressed The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 6 July 2005. Deborah Lipstadt’s visit to Australia was sponsored by the Shalom Institute.