Deborah Lipstadt's Taxonomy of the Anti-Semite

The historian’s new book sets out to conduct a clear-sighted tour of 21st-century anti-Semitism, but her vision turns out to be occluded.


Observation
March 15 2019
About the author

Ben Cohen, a New York-based writer, has contributed essays on anti-Semitism and related issues to Mosaic and other publications.


Among American Jewish academics, the historian Deborah Lipstadt is one of a handful of genuine celebrities. The celebrity owes to her book Denying the Holocaust (1993), in whichwriting on a topic that until then had received relatively scant scholarly attention—Lipstadt took to task the British historian David Irving for his assertion that the Nazi gas chambers were a “myth.” Irving, who at the time still enjoyed the status of a more or less reputable historian, dragged Lipstadt into London’s High Court in April 2000 brandishing a libel suit.

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