|Reuters May 29, 2000|
gets ovation for willing Holocaust
JERUSALEM, May 29 (Reuters) -
Misuse of sources,
and distortions led to right-wing author
David Irving's downfall in the
libel case he brought against her for
calling him a Holocaust denier, Professor
Deborah Lipstadt said on Monday.
The American academic, who in April
defeated Irving in a British court, told
an audience of more than 300 people at the
Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial that Irving
had indulged in "wilful misrepresentation"
in his depiction of the
every place, every argument that Irving
uses to deny the Holocaust and we followed
his sources," she said in her first speech
in Israel since the trial.
tracked his footnotes ...
in every single case
... they found some form of
lie, a mistranslation, a
misstatement, something inserted that
wasn't there," she said.
given a standing ovation by the
audience that included Holocaust
scholars and survivors.
Irving, 62, brought his libel action
against Lipstadt and her publisher,
Penguin books, after claiming she had
libelled him in her book
Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth
Yehuda Bauer .... called Lipstadt
a "brilliant historian." "From
this point of view Irving
couldn't have chosen a worse
person to attack," Bauer said.
In the book, Lipstadt, of Emory
University in Atlanta, Georgia, said
Irving was a Nazi apologist who distorted
facts to support his claims the Holocaust
did not happen.
Six million Jews perished during the
Nazi Holocaust in World War Two.
Lipstadt said Irving would "ignore any
evidence that would contradict what wanted
to say" and that he had tried to "bring
down" the numbers
killed in the Auschwitz
concentration camp while "inflating" the
numbers of Germans killed in the bombing
The British author has been told to
make a down payment of 150,000 pounds
($231,000) to Penguin books by June 16
following the case.
Condemning Irving for belittling the
testimonies of Holocaust survivors,
Lipstadt said that he had "danced on the
graves of Holocaust survivors."
Leading Holocaust scholar Professor
Yehuda Bauer said the trial had
"considerable impact" on Holocaust
research in helping to expose the
methodology of Holocaust deniers and
forcing historians to focus on previously
ignored details of the period.
He called Lipstadt a "brilliant
historian." "From this point of view
Irving couldn't have chosen a worse person
to attack," Bauer said. © 1999
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