Holocaust Historian and Author Deborah Lipstadt to Discuss the “New” Antisemitism

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 11, 2012) – Holocaust historian and author Dr. Deborah Lipstadt will address the challenges and complexities of what some observers have called the “new” antisemitism in a free public lecture sponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston this January.


Dr. Deborah Lipstadt 

Lipstadt, who gained international publicity when she was sued for libel by a Holocaust denier, will speak on the topic "The New Antisemitism: How New? How Dangerous? A Serious Threat or An Overreaction?” beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at the Emery/Weiner School, 9825 Stella Link Road in Houston. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

During the past years there have been numerous references in the public discourse to a “new” antisemitism. Lipstadt will discuss how new this antisemitism is and whether there is anything dramatically different from what preceded it. She will address the question: Is it simply the traditional form of antisemitism seen for years but dressed in slightly new “clothing”?

Lipstadt will also offer her views on most efficacious responses on the part of the Jewish community and the strategies the community might adopt to address these developments.

Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the author of "The Eichmann Trial," and her earlier book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier" is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist.

The trial was described by the London Daily Telegraph as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The judge found Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an anti-Semite and a liar. Her legal battle with Irving lasted approximately five years. According to the New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler."

Lipstadt has taught at UCLA and Occidental College in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor's degree from City College of New York and her master's and doctorate from Brandeis University.

Lipstadt is frequently called upon by the media to comment on a variety of matters. She has appeared on CNN, Sixty Minutes, Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR’s Fresh Air, the BBC and the Charlie Rose Show and is a frequent contributor to a variety of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the New York Times.

Lipstadt’s appearance is part of the Kosberg/Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lectures and generously underwritten by the Kosberg Charitable Foundation Trust and Dolores and the late Buddy Wilkenfeld in memory of Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack, with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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