Telling Lies About Hitler

The Holocaust, History And The David Irving Trial

Richard J. Evans

Published: 4 September 2001
Paperback, Royal PB
ISBN: 9781862075016


The David Irving libel trial in 1996 raised a whole series of crucial issues, not only as to the ways in which the memory of the Holocaust is preserved, but also, and more generally, as to the nature of historical truth and how it relates to legal proof, and the limits of historical interpretation. Richard Evans, who spent two years preparing a 740-page report on the historiography of the Holocaust for the court, here unpacks the issues raised by the trial, from the career of Irving and the exposing of his methods, to the wider cultural memory of the Holocaust and the social and cultural functions of the historian in society. The book contributes to our understanding of the Holocaust, of the nature of historical writing and evidence, and of the social role of the historian.

About the author

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Richard Evans is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He previously taught at the University of East Anglia and Birkbeck College, University of London. Among his many books are the landmark studies Death in Hamburg, which won the Wolfson Literary Award for History and the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine, and Rituals of Retribution, which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. His other books include In Hitler's Shadow and Rereading German History. His most recent publication is the widely acclaimed Tales from the German Underworld. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a frequent contributor to radio and television programmes, including In Our Time, Start the Week and Nightwaves. More about the author

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