The Holocaust On Trial

History, Justice And The David Irving Libel Case

D.D. Guttenplan

Published: 10 January 2002
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781862074866


David Irving is a leading Holocaust revisionist. In 1996, He sued Penguin Books for libel, claiming he had been falsely labelled a Holocaust denier. The trial was one of the strangest to take place in an English court: the judge had to give a verdict on history. At stake was the freedom of neo-fascist historians to exonerate Hitler and to deny that the Nazis set out to commit genocide, but this was also a trial about the present day, about what out society finds it politically and morally acceptable to say in public. It was also a libel trial about evidence: how do we know that the genocide happened? D. D. Guttenplan has followed David Irving's career for years and has studied the furious debates over the Holocaust. This is a dramatic recreation of a bizarre trial and a meditation on truth and memory.

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D. D. Guttenplan is an American writer who since 1994 has been living in and reporting from London. He is currently a contributing editor of The Nation. More about the author

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