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March 2, 2011

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu 

PREMIERE HOLOCAUST EXPERT TO GIVE TWO PRESENTATIONS AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY MARCH 17 

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Deborah Lipstadt, professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, will give two presentations in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre Thursday, March 17:

  • “Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism” at 10:15 a.m.
  • “Confronting Genocide in the Courts: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann” at 7 p.m.

Lipstadt is the author of the upcoming book The Eichmann Trial, which is described as “a compelling reassessment of the groundbreaking trial that has become a touchstone for judicial proceedings throughout the world in which victims of genocide confront its perpetrators.”

Adolf Eichmann was a notorious SS officer who played a major role in perpetrating the Holocaust. He was charged with facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Europe. He was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960. He was convicted of his many crimes by an Israeli court and was executed in 1962.

Lipstadt is also the author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving, Denying the Holocaust, and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust. Her 10:15 a.m. presentation at Viterbo will deal with Holocaust denial, a subject in which she is an expert. History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving is her story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The judge found Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an anti-Semite and a liar. London’s The Times described the verdict as “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”

As an historical consultant for the United States Holocaust Museum, Lipstadt helped design the section of the museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust. She has also represented the U.S. in several capacities at the request of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She was the White House representative at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, served on the American delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe conference on combating intolerance and anti-Semitism, and was appointed to two consecutive terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She also was appointed to the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.

Lipstadt’s presentations correspond with Viterbo’s annual “Teaching the Holocaust” workshop, which will be held March 16–17. The workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools.

The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. The presentations are part of the 2011 D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series.

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