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Release date: April 11, 2000
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Emory Celebrates Deborah Lipstadt's Victory in Famed Libel Case Emory

President Bill Chace voiced the university's elation at this week's victory by Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, who prevailed in a highly publicized libel suit in England brought by writer David Irving. His suit alleged that Lipstadt's labeling him a "Holocaust denier" in her book, "Denying the Holocaust," had hurt his career.

In a brief session with reporters from Atlanta's metro TV stations, Chace said: "Emory University celebrates Deborah Lipstadt's victory in this case as a victory for free inquiry. We hold academic freedom to be one of the single most important instruments in the long struggle to advance human knowledge and understanding. We are enormously proud of, and grateful to, Professor Lipstadt for her willingness to uphold this ideal in the face of adversity. "Emory also treasures Professor Lipstadt as an internationally esteemed scholar. Her book, 'Denying the Holocaust,' has not only stood as an inspiration to students and faculty, but it has also brought widespread public attention to the problems of historical revisionism and the outright dangers of Holocaust denial. We value her as a first-rate colleague, teacher and friend, and we share her joy at this verdict." Chace added that the decision was important for students at Emory, across the United States and around the world who are studying the Holocaust now or in the years to come. The message is, he said, "evidence counts. Facts count."

In London when the verdict was announced this morning, Lipstadt said she was pleased that what she wrote has been vindicated. The BBC quoted her as saying, "I see this not only as a personal victory, but also as a victory for all those who speak out against hate and prejudice."

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