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Posted April 3, 2005
Lipstadt would not have survived a cross examination by Irving. Try reading the trial transcript. Irving IS a racist (equivalent to many Israelis, Japanese, uhh, let's see, Latvians, Patagonians, Iroquois, etc). It is a common trait amongst all human beings, and indeed other primates. Irving is also a holocaust revisionist ... not a holocaust denier (so far so fair. Reputable people agree that the six million were in fact 4.5 million, or 5.1 million, or 3.5 million, and agree that many survivors were, in fact, liars (Elie Wiesel comes to mind)). Correcting the details is not a crime. But Irving's ability to unearth WW II documents is unparalleled (yes shame, shame that he is also a racist like so many Hutus and Tutsis and Arabs and Jews). Lipstadt on the other hand, is an extreme lightweight who never dared engage in intellectual debate unless she had the advantage of keyboard courage, or a highly paid professional historian or lawyer to speak for her.
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Posted April 9, 2005
We have heard from everyone else...
Five years after the end of THAT TRIAL, we now get to hear from the Defendant herself. What a rivetting read it is; to hear about the challenges faced and overcome by Lipstadt. As someone who had read her earlier work, I found strength in her courage. Most people would have blinked at Irving's bullying but Lipstadt stood her ground. And won! As someone who has endured his own personal journey through fire, Lipstadt's courage and restraint are a beacon to us all. An inspiration in our eternal search for memory and truth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2005
A Must Read!
History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving is an inspiring, extremely well written book which chronicles Professor Lipstadt's passionate defense of Truth against Mr Irvings charges of libel. Despite the complexity of interweaving details of the English justice system, personal anecdotes, courtroom proceedings and testimonies from expert witnesses on horrific details of the Holocaust, the book is clear, straightforward and easy to follow. What is not clear, is how a man as obviously inteligent as Mr Irving can, not only cling to his worldview but not realize how toxic it is. The book is so engaging that by the end it is easy to echo Professor Lipstadt's final, resounding, 'Yes!' It is an important book for all people of all times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2005
'Anonymous' misses the point.
Apparently, it does not matter that Irving was demosntrated to have consistently distort and lie in the service of his Hitler apologia -- the *actual* point of the trial. Whether or not 'anonymous's' fantasies about Ms. Lipstadt on the stand have any basis in reality does not change this by one little bit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.