The Holocaust on Trial by D. D. Guttenplan

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The account of a trial in which the very meaning of the Holocaust was put on the stand.


D. D. Guttenplan's The Holocaust on Trial is a bristling courtroom drama where the meaning of history is questioned. The plaintiff is British author David Irving, one of the world's preeminent military historians whose works are considered essential World War II scholarship and whose biographies of leading Nazi figures have been bestsellers. Irving refuses to admit to Hitler's responsibility in the extermination of European Jewry, replying that the Holocaust as we know it never happened. The defendant is Deborah Lipstadt, who blew the whistle on Irving, calling him "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." Irving sued for libel, and under English law, it was up to Lipstadt to prove the truth of her writings, and the falseness of Irving's views.
 

About D. D. Guttenplan

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D. D. Guttenplan, journalist and essayist, lives in London. He has written on the Irving trial for Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Guardian.
 
Published April 17, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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(The author regrets that the only witnesses were historians, but he knows why: the sometimes inaccurate memories of Holocaust survivors would have aided the able Irving, who served as his own counsel.) Guttenplan adopts a fairly traditional, chronological approach—he digresses principally to offe...

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The Holocaust on Trial DD Guttenplan 343pp, Granta, £17.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL David Irving versus Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt was, on the face of it, a straightforward libel dispute.

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The Guardian

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The Holocaust on Trial: Justice and the David Irving Case DD Guttenplan Granta £17.99, pp328 Buy it at a discount at BOL In the roar of media white noise surrounding the David Irving trial, it became easy to lose track of the central issues.

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In 1996, British military historian David Irving—author of WWII studies, biographer of Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels—sued American scholar Deborah Lipstadt for her book Denying the Holocaust, which labeled Irving an extremist liar and “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.”...

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The rapidly shifting chronology of the wartime years forms the rough framework for Paulsson's carefully-researched study, which examines Jewish responses to the setting up of the Warsaw ghetto in 1940, the commencement of mass deportations in 1942, the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943 and the city-...

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