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Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.
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When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”
Deborah E. Lipstadt is an American professor in Holocaust Studies, who attracts the ire of David Irving, a self-proclaimed scholar of Nazi Germany, who accosts her by disrupting her speaking engagements and files a libel lawsuit against her and her publisher for declaring him a Holocaust denier in her books. The suit is filed in the United Kingdom where the burden of proof is on the accused. Therefore, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Anthony Julius as head solicitor and Richard Rampton as head barrister, to prove that Irving specifically knew he was lying in claiming the Holocaust did not occur.
In preparing their defence, Lipstadt and Rampton tour the Auschwitz death camp in Poland with a local scholar for the necessary information on the site while the research team subpoenas Irving’s voluminous personal diaries during the discovery phase of the trial. While Lipstadt is annoyed by Rampton’s apparently disrespectful questions on this subject, she is equally bothered by being instructed to confine her contribution to the case to fundraising for the trial, for which the British Jewish community pleads with her, to her consternation, to settle the case out of court and avoid renewed publicity. However, her legal team has a promising beginning in their efforts such as exploiting Irving’s overweening intellectual ego to make him agree to a Judge-only trial instead of a jury trial where he could have had the opportunity to manipulate it for his own advantage.
The trial begins with Irving conducting his own legal representation to solicit sympathy at facing Lipstadt’s well financed legal team. During the trial, the legal team struggle to deal with Irving’s manipulative double-talk which endeavors to twist any presented evidence by the defence into supporting his own case. Meanwhile, Lipstadt is approached by Holocaust survivors pleading for a chance to testify to stand up to Irving’s lies, but Lipstadt’s legal team is adamant that neither they, nor Lipstadt herself, will take the stand in order to keep the trial’s focus on Irving himself. When the trial takes a seemingly disastrous turn when Irving tries to discredit evidence on the now demolished gas chambers of Auschwitz claiming that were no holes on the roof for the Zyklon B gas crystals to be introduced; thereby creating a cheap soundbite, “No Holes, No Holocaust,” that dominates the news coverage. Furious at Irving getting away with such blatant distortions in the media, Lipstadt demands that she and the Holocaust survivors take the stand. Julius angrily counters that would be seriously counterproductive, showing how Irving has been able to subject Holocaust survivors to grueling and insulting cross-examinations determined to further his cause.
Frustrated, Lipstadt has Rampton come to call to explain his methods and his real feelings about the case, which earns Lipstadt’s trust. Her renewed patience in her legal team’s strategy pays off with Rampton subjecting Irving to insightful cross-examination on the stand with the scholar’s claims being exposed as absurd while subsequent expert testimony exposes blatant factual distortions in Irving’s writings.
As the trial concludes, the Judge disquiets the defense with a seemingly absurd question suggesting he thinks that if Irving honestly believes his claims through his anti-semitism, he might not be lying at all. However, after an agonizing weeks-long wait for the Judge’s ruling, Justice Charles Gray ultimately rules in favour of the defence, saying that he is convinced by the evidence that Lipstadt’s criticism of Irving as a deceitful holocaust denier is accurate. In the resulting media reaction, Lipstadt is hailed for her dignified demeanor as a respectable scholar allowing her expert legal counsel to publicly discredit Irving, while her legal team privately reminds her that despite her inaction during the trial, it was her original writings countering Irving’s lies that provided the necessary catalyst for this victory.
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