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Professor Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt to Speak for CISA on April 22 “'Hard-and Soft-Core' Holocaust Denial in the 21st Century”

by Dr. Catherine Chatterley, January 14, 2013

The Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) is pleased to announce that Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, will deliver our 2013 Shindleman Family Lecture: 

Professor Lipstadt is a leading Holocaust historian and the world authority on the phenomenon known as Holocaust Denial. Her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory was the first full-length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust.


In 1996, David Irving sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and a right wing extremist in this book. Professor Lipstadt’s brave, principled, and successful legal-historical confrontation with Irving lasted over four years and has inspired a series of scholarly books by some of the historians who provided expert testimony at the trial (Richard J. Evans and Robert J. van Pelt).

Her recent book, The Eichmann Trial, was a 2011 National Jewish Book Award Finalist and she is now working on a new study about Holocaust Denial in the 21st Century—the subject of her presentation for CISA in April.


Of particular value and significance is her concept of “soft-core” Holocaust denial, which surrounds us today:


 “Soft-core is more slippery. It's ‘Why do we have to hear so much about the Holocaust?’ or saying ‘the genocide of the Palestinians.’ Soft-core denial is not denying the facts, but inverting them so the victims become the perpetrators  -- ‘Why did the Germans hate the Jews? Because the Jews were rich and conniving,’ -- as if to say they deserved it. It's justifying it. Soft-core denial is also making a false comparison, and that dilutes what the Holocaust was. It's a much more slippery kind of manifestation, but it's very much there.” (JTA)


 When asked how one fights this new mutation, Lipstadt says:

“It's much harder. You have to go back and zero in on what it is -- you can say, ‘Look, you might disagree with Israel's policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians or that they should not have gone into Gaza, but to call this a genocide is to deny what a genocide is.’ They are not denying the Holocaust but they are making a false comparison, which elevates by a factor of a zillion any wrongdoings Israel might have done, and lessens by a factor of a zillion what the Germans did. And that's not to defend everything Israel does, but you can't call it a Holocaust unless you want to distort what the Holocaust is. When you begin to use the Nazi term and you begin to compare Israeli soldiers -- who are not angels and sometimes do awful things for which they should be criticized and punished -- that's different than genocide. The Holocaust was state-sponsored. It came from Berlin and Berlin worked to make sure that every Jew on which it could lay its hands would be killed. In no way can you compare what's going on in the Middle East to that. Even if you have the extreme belief that there should be no State of Israel, to make the argument that Israel is committing a genocide is a complete fabrication and a form of soft-core denial.” (Ibid.)

Add to these examples discussed by Lipstadt, the new and increasingly popular form of Holocaust revisionism, which re-defines the Holocaust to include all people who suffered under the Third Reich and during WWII without differentiation. This subject is of particular importance for the Jewish community and fo

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