Holocaust Denial in the Courtroom: The Historian as Expert Witness Public Lecture by Professor Christopher Browning


Monday 14 October, 7.30pm

Ground Floor, Building H, Monash Caulfield

778px-Nuremberg_Trials_retouchedThrough the autobiographical lens of his own personal experience as an expert witness in the second trial of Ernst Zündel in Toronto in 1988 and the trial of David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin in London in 2000, this lecture examines both the contrasting aspects of each trial as well as the major common challenge facing the expert witnesses, namely the need to provide convincing evidence for the historical “malpractice” and conscious falsification practiced by each denier.


This is the fourth and final lecture in a series on the theme Explaining the Holocaust

browning_christopher_4_06Christopher Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. He is the author of eight books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and has been an expert witness at various trials of accused Nazi criminals in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the “Holocaust denial” trials of Ernst Zündel in Toronto (1988) and Irving vs. Lipstadt in London (2000). He is in Australia as Dr Jan Randa Visiting Scholar in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University.

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