Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt (74) is a Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is also the author of the books Denying the Holocaust (1993), History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005), The Eichmann Trial (2011), and Antisemitism: Here and Now (2019). Lipstadt is perhaps best known for her successful legal defense in the lawsuit brought against her by British Holocaust denier David Irving. On July 30, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated her to be the United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism. The nomination needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Quote: “There is a psychological dimension to the deniers’ and minimizers’ objectives: The general public tends to accord victims of genocide a certain moral authority. If you devictimize a people, you strip them of their moral authority, and if you can, in turn, claim to be a victim, as the Poles and Austrians often try to do, that moral authority is conferred on or restored to you.”
— Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory by Deborah Lipstadt
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), Denying the Holocaust (quotation)
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