‘Holocaust Denier’ Libel Case To Hit Big Screen

Plot centers on battle between Deborah Lipstadt and Nazi apologist David Irving

By Jonathan Zalman|April 28, 2015 10:30 AM


In 1996, British Holocaust revisionist David Irving sued [1] Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth & Memory, for libel. The book, published in 1993, depicts [2] “those who insist that the death of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps is nothing but a hoax perpetrated by a powerful Zionist conspiracy.” Among “the province of pseudohistorians,” wrote Lipstadt, was David Irving.

The case closed in 2000, and six years later, Lipstadt published History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, which depicts her legal battle with Irving. (Lipstadt wrote [3] The Eichmann Trial for Nextbook Press, part of its Jewish Encounter Series).

Yesterday it was announced [4] that Lipstadt’s book had been adapted by British playwright David Hare, who won [5] an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Hours.

Hilary Swank, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a bad-ass boxer in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004), will play Lipstadt. Tom Wilkinson, who played crime lord Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins, will play a barrister.

The role of David Irving is yet to be cast.

Related: Trial and Error [7]
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