Emory Announces Hosting of New Web Site on Holocaust Denial Trial
Six months after the resounding victory of Emory University's Deborah Lipstadt in a highly publicized British libel trial with writer David Irving over her book, "Denying the Holocaust," the university announced that it is hosting a new web site, www.HolocaustDenialOnTrial.org.
Designed by the Addison Company of New York, the site was funded through a grant from the Revson Foundation. Eli Evans, president of the Revson Foundation and Ken Stern of the American Jewish Committee served as primary advisers for the site.
The site is built around the defense's groundbreaking research, the trial testimony and the judge's historic opinion, which found Irving to be a "right-wing pro-Nazi polemicist" who "deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence." Also included are comprehensive sections featuring the trial transcript, background on the trial context, the evidence presented, and links to news articles on related sites.
"In the end, this web site will contribute to what the enemies of a complete, truthful, historical record want least," said Steven Sanderson, dean of Emory College, in announcing the site. He called it "a worldwide intellectual resource that will make a difference in the quest for a truthful historical record of the cataclysmic violence of genocide, which burdened the entire 20th century and continues into the 21st."
"All the trial documentation will be there, which is exceptionally important," said Lipstadt, who is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory. "Not only will people have the opportunity to know the outcome of the trial, but they'll also be able to see how we convinced the judge that this man is not a historian but a Holocaust denier."
"There is a tremendous amount of material on the site already; much more is to be added," said Sanderson. "It promises to be a living testament, not a museum or dustbin."
For students, said Lipstadt, "the site will be a boon because they will have materials they couldn't otherwise see." (The only other copies of trial transcripts are at the court in London, in New York at the offices of the American Jewish Committee, and in Washington, D.C., at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.) In addition to the site, Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library will house hard copies of all the evidence reports submitted, some of which cannot be placed on the web due to copyright restrictions.
From lawyers studying libel law to those looking at the relationship between history and law, added Lipstadt, "there are a dozen different ways this site will be useful to the serious researcher, students and the public."
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