175 Makers of History: Deborah E. Lipstadt
Deborah E. Lipstadt
Historian of the Holocaust
Deborah E. Lipstadt called British historian David Irving a Holocaust denier in her 1993 book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. He sued her for libel in Great Britain, but Lipstadt won the case. Its international significance cannot be overstated. For example, the Israeli government released Adolf Eichmann's journals, deemed classified for twenty-eight years, to aid in Lipstadt's defense.
At Emory, Lipstadt created the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and directed it for ten years. She served two terms on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and testifies frequently before Congress on genocide and religious freedom.
Lipstadt has received several honorary degrees, earned multiple awards, and is a much-sought-after speaker and commentator.