Holocaust Denial on Trial
About the Project
In 1993 Deborah Lipstadt wrote Denying the Holocaust describing the growing trend of Holocaust denial, including the work of David Irving, a “dangerous spokesperson” for Holocaust denial.
In 1996 Irving sued Lipstadt and her British publisher for libel, in the UK where the libel laws significantly favor the plaintiffs. The trial, Irving v Penguin Books Ltd. and Deborah Lipstadt, began in January of 2000 and ended, with a judgment strongly in favor of Lipstadt and her publisher, in April of that year.
In 2005 Lipstadt published History on Trial detailing the legal battle and its lasting impact. That book was turned into the major motion picture Denial, released in September 2016 by Bleecker Street.
Holocaust Denial on Trial, was created by Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt and colleagues and is a joint project of Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. Its mission is to ensure perpetual access to the evidence, transcripts, judgment, and appeal documents featured in the trial Irving v. Lipstadt and to refute the misleading claims of Holocaust deniers with historical evidence. Beyond the archival import for scholars, HDOT provides 77 well-researched and specific rebuttals to aid in combating the myths and distortions used by deniers. These “Debunking Holocaust Deniers” sheets connect with the trial materials, giving a concise and accessible snapshot of what is still at stake.
ECDS has been working with the Tam Institute for Jewish to convert pages of trial documents, judgments, appeals, and transcripts into a format that is web friendly, easily navigable, and furthers the goals of the website to be a place for researchers and the interested public alike to find quality resources combating Holocaust denial.