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Presidentís Forum to focus on the danger of Holocaust denial tonight

Loyola press release - November 3, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to welcome Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., to present “Contemporary Holocaust Denial: A Clear and Present Danger” for the final fall 2008 President’s Forum on Current Issues and Controversies. Lipstadt, an expert on Jewish issues and the preeminent authority on Holocaust denial, is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

Lipstadt's presentation, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, takes place at 7 p.m., at Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Lipstadt will discuss the danger Holocaust denial poses to history and memory and her own experience in confronting the world’s leading Holocaust denier.

Lipstadt is the author of “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” the story of her six-year trial in London against a British writer and Holocaust denier who sued her for libel. Lipstadt was victorious, as the court found Irving to be an anti-Semite and a racist. Her book won the National Jewish Book Award, was a finalist for the Koret Book Award and was ranked fourth on Amazon.com’s list of top 10 history books of 2005.

“Denying the Holocaust,” which Lipstadt wrote in 1993, led to the Irving trial. She also wrote “Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust,” which examines American press coverage of the persecution of European Jewry between the years 1933 and 1945.

Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and was appointed by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush to represent the United States in a number of official capacities. She also advised Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on issues of religious persecution outside of the United States.

Lipstadt holds a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and a master’s and doctorate from Brandeis University. She has been interviewed as an expert in Jewish affairs on every national television news network and is frequently cited in and a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

The prominent Jewish newspaper Forward named her to its list of 50 top Jewish news makers for the year 2000, and she is the 2005 winner of the Al Chernin Award given by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, as the person who best exemplifies protection of the First Amendment.

Loyola’s President’s Forum on Current Issues and Controversies seeks to explore and discuss some of the most compelling and contemporary issues facing us today. The forum is free and open to the public.

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