|How to get
into Forward's "Top Fifty": write a book, throw in
a few lies, then sit in a London courtroom for
three months, refuse to testify, and say NOT ONE
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1. Joseph Liebermann [... ]
2. Deborah Lipstadt
Many consider her a heroine worth of her
biblical namesake, after she successfully defended
herself this year in a
libel suit against Holocaust denier David
Irving in Britain's High Court.
10-week trial culminated in a scathing decision
against Mr. Irving, and marginalized the so-called
historian for his suspect research. Mr. Irving
brought suit against Ms. Lipstadt and her British
publisher, Penguin Books, alleging that she damaged
his academic reputation in her 1994 book, "Denying
the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and
A professor of history at Emory University in
Atlanta, she had called Mr. Irving "one of the most
dangerous spokesmen in the service of Holocaust
denial" because he challenged the scope of the
Holocaust and disputed the number and manner of
Jewish concentration camp deaths.
In the trial, watched by millions worldwide, Ms.
Lipstadt and her legal team refused to countenance
a hearing on whether the Holocaust happened.
Instead they took the offensive, attacking Mr.
Irving. In his April ruling, the judge labeled Mr.
Irving an anti-Semite and a racist.
As Holocaust denial stands to gain a vast new
audience on the World Wide Web, the decision sets
an important legal and historic precedent. Ms.
Lipstadt said she saw the victory not merely as
personal, but also as a blow "for all those who
speak out against hate and prejudice."
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