Deborah Lipstadt to Deliver Frank Memorial Lecture

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, will deliver the ninth annual Irvin and Sharna Frank Memorial Lecture in Judaism and Contemporary Issues. Her lecture is entitled “Does Everybody Really Hate the Jews? Contemporary Antisemitism – An Assessment.” The lecture will take place in the Sylvan Auditorium of the Charles Schusterman JCC at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, and will be followed by a reception.

One of the nation’s foremost experts on Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism, Lipstadt’s 2005 book History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving is the story of her libel trial in London against Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The now-famous libel trial occurred when Irving sued Lipstadt over her 1993 book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, the first full-length study of the history of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust. The case grew into a six-year legal battle in which Lipstadt prevailed. Actress Rachel Weisz played Lipstadt in the film Denial.

The Sharna and Irvin Frank Memorial Lecture honors Irv and Sharna’s creative vision and foresight by providing a forum for the serious exploration of Judaism and contemporary issues. The lecture is hosted by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. For more information about the lecture, please call Debbie at 918.495.1100, or e-mail

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