Jewish Conspiracy Theory, the Eichmann Testimony and the Holocaust: Deborah Lipstadt's Contribution to Holocaust Revisionism
(Note: Page numbers in parentheses cited in the following essay refer to The Eichmann Trial, by Deborah E. Lipstadt, Schocken Books, New York, 2011.)
In the interests of fairness and truth, this review was sent to Deborah Lipstadt and Christopher Browning prior to its publication here. They were asked to correct any statements that they believe to be false or misleading. No response from either has been received by press time.
Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) and widely known for her assaults on "Holocaust denial," has once again made headlines with the release of The Eichmann Trial. This interesting but flawed book is Lipstadt's analysis of the issues surrounding the famous capture and trial in Israel of SS Lieutenant-Colonel Adolf Eichmann, and the dramatic effect that "Holocaust Survivor" courtroom testimony had upon world-wide opinion. April 11, 2011 marked a half century since the beginning of "this trial of the century," and the book's release was presumably timed to commemorate it. It has been said that The Eichmann Trial consolidates Deborah Lipstadt's standing as one of the major figures in the present-day Jewish world.
Lipstadt is considered by many to be an important Holocaust scholar; she served as a consultant to the team planning the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (p.ix), and authored three books dealing with the Jewish experience during the Second World War. Since the early 1990s, this pro-Zionist academic who delights in her Jewish identity (p. 186) has been recognized as the most prominent opponent of "Holocaust denial," a pejorative term meant to demonize Holocaust revisionism, the historical movement contending there was no Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews during the Second World War, the "Nazi gas chambers" never existed, and the claim of six million murdered Jews is a gross exaggeration. For a Holocaust revisionist critique of Deborah Lipstadt and her views, I refer the reader to my essay.1
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