Telling Lies About Hitler : The Holocaust, History and the David Irving Trial, Paperback

Telling Lies About Hitler : The Holocaust, History and the David Irving Trial Paperback

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In April 2000 a High Court judge branded the writer David Irving a racist, an antisemite, a Holocaust denier, and a falsifier of history.

The key expert witness against Irving was the Cambridge historian Richard J.

Evans who describes here, in a book which several publishers have been intimidated to withdrawing, his involvement in the case.

Recounting his discovery of Irving's connections with far right Holocaust deniers in the United States and of how Irving falsified the documentary evidence on the Second World War, Evans reflects generally and eloquently on the interaction of historical and legal rules of evidence.

Evans argues that the Irving trial does for the twenty-first century what the Eichmann trial did for the second half of the twentieth.

It vindicates history's ability to come to reasoned conclusions on the basis of a careful examination of the evidence, even when eyewitnesses and survivors are no longer around to tell the tale.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, facsimiles, maps
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History: theory & methods
  • ISBN: 9781859844175



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Evans (a historian witness at the Irving trial) makes clear better than some other books about the case why Irving really was factually wrong on important points, instead of just saying "you can't deny the Holcaust" as too many other writers do.

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Author Richard J. Evans has written a book titled "In defense of history". I haven't read it nor know what it is about, but I always image it as a too academic exercise about historiography. The "Telling Lies About Hitler" details Evans involvement in the libel-case between the controversial David Irving and Deborah Lipstadt and indeed this book could quite worthy get the title "In defense of history", because it justifies why it is important to be able to read and interprete old German Sütterlin documents.