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Prof Deborah Lipstadt received
an ecstatic welcome when she spoke
in Feb 2005 at Brandeis University, and signed six
million copies of her latest book (equally true).
[The self-important David S.
Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies cackles its
Condemns C-Span Broadcast of
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
To: National Desk
Medoff of the David S. Wyman Institute for
Holocaust Studies, 215-635-5622 or
March 15 [U.S. Newswire] -- David
S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust
Studies today sent the
following letter to C-SPAN, regarding the cable
television channel's plan to broadcast a lecture by
March 15, 2005
To: Connie Doebele, Executive Producer,
Book TV, C-SPAN
Dear Ms. Doebele:
On behalf of The David S. Wyman Institute for
Holocaust Studies, I am writing to express our
opposition to your reported decision to broadcast a
lecture by Holocaust-denier David Irving, to
"balance" your intended broadcast of a lecture by
Holocaust historian Prof. Deborah Lipstadt.
We support Prof. Lipstadt's refusal to
participate in this project. Falsifiers of history
cannot "balance" historians. Falsehoods cannot
"balance" the truth. Justice Charles Gray of the
British Royal High Court of Justice, in his verdict
on April 11, 2000 dismissing Irving's libel suit
against Prof. Lipstadt, concluded that Irving "is
antisemitic and racist" and ruled: "Irving has for
his own ideological reasons persistently and
deliberately misrepresented and manipulated
Just a few weeks ago, we concluded Black History
Month. Presumably C-SPAN did not consider
broadcasting a program about Black history that
would be "balanced" by a program featuring someone
denying that African-Americans were enslaved.
C-SPAN should not broadcast statements that it
knows to be false, nor provide a platform for
falsifiers of history, whether about the Holocaust,
African-American history, or any other subject.
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust
Studies recently issued its second annual report on
Holocaust-denial around the world. It found that
Holocaust-denial is a real and growing problem, and
continues to be actively promoted in Europe, the
Middle East, and elsewhere, and in some cases
enjoys government sponsorship. If C-SPAN broadcasts
a lecture by David Irving, it will provide
publicity and legitimacy to Holocaust-denial, which
is nothing more than a mask for anti-Jewish
We strongly urge you to cancel your planned
broadcast of the Irving lecture, and to proceed
with your original plan to broadcast Prof.
Lipstadt's forthcoming lecture at Harvard
- Rafael Medoff,
- Director, The David S. Wyman Institute for
David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies,
located on the campus of Gratz College (near
Philadelphia), is a research and education
institute focusing on America's response to the
Holocaust. It is named in honor of the eminent
historian and author of the 1984 best-seller The
Abandonment of the Jews, the most important and
influential book concerning the U.S. response to
the Nazi genocide.
Institute's Advisory Committee includes Nobel Peace
Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Members of Congress,
and other luminaries.
Institute's Academic Council includes more than 50
leading professors of the Holocaust, American
history, and Jewish history.
Institute's Arts & Letters Council, chaired by
Cynthia Ozick, includes prominent artists, writers,
musicians, and filmmakers.
Index to the
media scandal surrounding Prof Lipstadt's
attempt to silence C-Span and the history