Terrific Book by Lipstadt on Holocaust Denial

“No, I’m not a child of Holocaust survivors.” Thus begins Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt’s fascinating tale of self-defense against a libel charge by the notorious Holocaust denier, David Irving. This is one of those rare non-fiction books that’s hard to put down (I admit I didn’t finish it yet!). Originally Lipstadt and her counsel were certain that Irving would drop the case, but Irving, who had many ties with neo-Nazi groups, was convinced of his ability to speak out of both sides of his mouth and persuade a judge that he was maligned. Also of note was how the various Jewish philanthropic organizations overlooked their differences in order to quietly raise funds to cover the substantial costs incurred by the defense. Highly recommended, even when you know the ending!!