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The Case for Auschwitz

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ISBN13: 9780253340160
ISBN: 0253340160
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £39.00



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From January to April 2000 a high-profile libel case brought by the British historian David Irving against Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt, charging that Lipstadt's book, Denying the Holocaust (1993), falsely labeled him a Holocaust denier, was tried in the British High Court. The question about the evidence for Auschwitz as a death camp played a central role in these proceedings. Irving had based his alleged denial of the Holocaust in part on a 1988 report by and American execution specialist, Fred Leuchter, which claimed that there was no evidence for homicidal gas chambers in Auschwitz. In connection with their defense, Penguin and Lipstadt engaged architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt to prepare for the court and expert report presenting the evidence for our knowledge that Auschwitz had been an extermination camp where up to one million Jews were killed, mainly in gas chambers. Employing painstaking historical scholarship, van Pelt submitted an exhaustive forensic report, which he successfully defended in cross-examination in court. In his verdict in favour of the defendants, Mr.;Justice Charles Grey concluded that no objective, fair-minded historian would have serious

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Contents:
The negationists' challenge to Auschwitz; marshalling the evidence; intentional evidence; confessions and trials; ""witnesses despite themselves""; Auschwitz at the Irving Trial.