Hear from denier defeater

AUDIENCES in Sydney and Melbourne will have the chance to hear from one of world Jewry’s foremost defenders next month – US-based academic Professor Deborah Lipstadt (pictured), who famously defeated Holocaust denier David Irving in a British court when he sued her for libel in 1996.

Her book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, will form the basis of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission’s (ADC) Gandel Oration, which she will deliver in Melbourne on August 15.

Describing her as “a scholar of great moral strength and courage”, ADC chairman Dvir Abramovich said, “Lipstadt’s bravery showed the world that those who dare to deny the Holocaust will be exposed, and we are truly honoured that she accepted our invitation.”

Lipstadt will also be delivering the Ervin Graf Memorial Oration, in support of the Shalom Institute, at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on August 14.

“We feel so fortunate and privileged to have secured Deborah Lipstadt for 2013 as she ranks among the leading Jewish thinkers and speakers in the world today,” Shalom Institute CEO Dr Hilton Immerman said.

Her topic for the Graf Oration is “The Implications of the New Anti-Semitism – Holocaust Denial and Anti-Israelism”.

The ADC-Gandel Oration, is on Thursday, August 15, 7.45pm at St Kilda Town Hall. Enquiries: www.antidef.org.au.

The Graf Oration is on Wednesday August 14, 7pm at Sofitel Sydney. Info/bookings: (02) 9381 4000.

GARETH NARUNSKY

Professor Deborah Lipstadt