Third Annual Bamberger Memorial Lecture with Deborah E. Lipstadt - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Third Annual Bamberger Memorial Lecture with Deborah E. Lipstadt

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Famed defender of the Holocaust discusses her six-year legal battle against Holocaust denier David Irving at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Tuesday, November 22nd. Lipstadt will deliver her address as keynote speaker at the third annual Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture. 

History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier 

The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture 

Deborah E. Lipstadt
Author of New York Times acclaimed book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving, and Director of Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. 

Tuesday, November 22
Reception 7:00 PM; Lecture 7:30 PM 

R.S.V.P. - (212) 824-2293
Admission is Free - Photo ID required for entrance. 

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th street (Between Broadway and Mercer)
New York City 

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Director, Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies. 

Dr. Lipstadt's book History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Erving[Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005] is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The book has been described as a "fascinating and meritorious work of legal - and moral - history." [Kirkus, November 2004]. The Daily Telegraph (London) declared that the trial had "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The Times (London) described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." The judge found David Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an antisemite, and a liar. Her legal battle with Irving lasted approximately six years. According to the New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." In July 2001 the Court of Appeal resoundingly rejected Irving's attempt to appeal the judgment against him. 

She is currently working on a book on Jewish responses to the new antisemitism. Her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory[Free Press/Macmillan, 1993], was the subject of simultaneous front page reviews in the New York Times and the Washington Post. The book has been published in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 

Lipstadt was asked by President George W. Bush to represent him as a member of the official American delegation to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz [January 26-27, 2005]. She was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. President Clinton appointed her to two consecutive terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She was a member of its Executive Committee of the Council and chaired the Educational Committee and Academic Committee of the Holocaust Museum. Dr. Lipstadt has been called upon by members of the United States Congress to consult on political responses to Holocaust denial. From 1996 through 1999 she served as a member of the United States State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. In this capacity she, together with a small group of leaders and scholars, advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious persecution abroad. 

Dr. Lipstadt has also written Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust (Free Press/Macmillan, 1986, 1993). The book, an examination of how the American press covered the news of the persecution of European Jewry between the years 1933 and 1945, addresses the question "what did the American public know and when did they know it?" 

The Forward named Dr. Lipstadt number two on its list of the "Forward Fifty" - the fifty top Jewish news makers for the year 2000. She is the 2005 winner of the Al Chernin Award given by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to the person who best exemplifies protection of the First Amendment. Previous recipients include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alan Dershowitz, and Stuart Eisenstat. 

This lecture is sponsored by the Bamberger Family in memory of their father, Professor Fritz Bamberger, who served for many years as Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion/New York. 

For further information, please call Leah Kaplan at 212-824-2293 or e-mail

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