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Lecture with Inaugural Sondra D. Bender Visiting Scholar and Keynote Speaker Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
Start Date: 1/25/2013Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 1/25/2013End Time: 12:30 PM
Event Description:
In conjunction with International Holocaust Awareness Day January 27, 2013, please join the Program in Jewish Studies and CU's Hillel for a lecture with Inaugural Sondra D. Bender Visiting Scholar and Keynote Speaker Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on Friday, January 25 at 11:00AM in UMC 235. During this lecture, Dr. Lipstadt will present "The Impact of the Eichmann Trial: A Perspective after 50 Years," based of her award-winning book The Eichmann Trial, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Fifty years ago Israel shocked the world when it announced that it had captures Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Final Solution. His trial in Jerusalem is considered to have caused a major change in the world's knowledge of the Holocaust. How much of an impact did it really have? Did it really get survivors to speak about their experiences in a way that they had never spoken before? Does it have a relevance for us today in terms of war crimes and the punishment of their perpetrators?

Dr. Lipstadt is the Dorat Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. In addition to her vast scholarship, she is known widely as the defendant in the David Irving vs. Penguin Books/Deborah Lipstadt case. Following the publication of her critically acclaimed 1993 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, the first full length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust, Dr. Lipstadt and her British publisher were sued by author David Irving for identifying him as a Holocaust denier. The judge found David Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, and anti-Semite. According to the New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with A Holocaust Denier, is the story of that trial. The book won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award and was first runner up for the Koret Award.

Dr. Lipstadt is also CU's Inaugural  Sondra D. Bender Visiting Scholar.  This newly endowed fund honors the life of Sondra Dosik Bender z”l. Sondra Bender was a devoted wife to Howard Bender, mother of four, including CU graduate Eileen Greenberg and grandmother of eleven grandchildren, including CU graduates Joshua and Rachael Greenberg, and a current CU student. An active member of the community in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, M.D., Sondra served on many boards and helped hundreds of nonprofits. She was a dedicated member and donor at Congregation Beth El, receiving many honors including the esteemed Women of Valor Award from Israel Bonds.  The Bender Family Foundation has generously endowed the Sondra D. Bender Visiting Scholars Fund to honor the life of a woman who cherished Jewish culture, celebrated education, and lived life to the fullest.

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Location Information:
Main Campus - University Memorial Center (UMC)  (View Map)
Boulder, CO
Room: 235
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Deborah Lipstadt, Ph.D.
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