Denying the Holocaust by Deborah Lipstadt dramatised in new film Denial

The powerful and deeply disturbing book Denying the Holocaust - The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory by Deborah Lipstadt was at the heart of the David Irving libel case, and is now dramatised in the film Denial.

Denying the Holocaust provoked a landmark court case in 2000 after historian David Irving accused Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books of libel for declaring him a Holocaust denier. British libel laws meant the burden of proof fell to Lipstadt and Penguin Books to prove Irving mispresented and manipulated historical evidence in his denial of the Holocaust, a case they won in a triumph of free speech.

Penguin Books came together with Random House in 2013 to form Penguin Random House.

The book is reissued now in a Penguin paperback to coincide with today’s release on of two-time Oscar nominee David Hare’s film about the trial, Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall.

As pertinent now as it was twenty years ago, the book exposes the lies, distortions and political agendas that drive Holocaust denial. Lipstadt shows how - despite tens of thousands of witnesses and vast amounts of documentary evidence - this irrational idea has not only continued to gain adherents but has become an international movement, with 'independent' research centres, and official publications that promote a 'revisionist' view of recent history.

Denying the Holocaust argues that this chilling attack on the factual record not only threatens Jews but has an unsuspected power to dramatically alter the way that truth and meaning are transmitted from one generation to another.

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