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Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt's website at Emory University


Distinguished Chair Holders


Deborah E. Lipstadt,
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies

(Appointed 9/1/95)

Deborah E. Lipstadt received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She has taught at UCLA and Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her latest book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Testimony (Free Press/Macmillan, 1993) is the first full length study of the history of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust and received the 1994 National Jewish Book Honor Award. Dr. Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where she helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. In 1994 she was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council and chairs the Museum's Education Committee.

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 media frequently call upon Professor Lipstadt to analyze matters of contemporary and Jewish interest. She has appeared on CNN, CBS's Sixty Minutes, and National Public Radio's Fresh Air, among others. Professor Lipstadt is also a frequent contributor to and is widely quoted in a variety of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and New York Newsday.

In 1996 she received an award from Emory's student government association for being the teacher most likely to motivate students to learn about new and unfamiliar topics. In May 1997 she received Emory University's highest teaching award, the Emory Williams Award, for her courses on modern Jewish and Holocaust studies.

On April 11, 2000, Professor Lipstadt was acquitted in British High Court of libel charges stemming from her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Her accuser, writer David Irving, sued on the basis that Professor Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books inaccurately portrayed him as a Holocaust denier.


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