The capture of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in 1960 in Argentina, and his subsequent trial by an Israeli court, electrified the world and sparked an international debate over how and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice.
Award-winning historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s 2011 book, The Eichmann Trial, examines not only the trial but also the dramatic effect that Holocaust survivors’ courtroom testimony had on a world that until then had commemorated the Holocaust without fully understanding what the victims and survivors actually had experienced.
Lipstadt will talk about her book on Sunday, April 7, as the 2013 Holocaust Guestship Lecturer at Elmhurst College.
Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, and the author of several books on the Holocaust, including History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.
The New York Times Book Review described Lipstadt as having “done a great service by … recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.”
Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. In 2012 President Obama reappointed her to the U.S. Holocaust Council.
The Service of Remembrance and Holocaust Guestship Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. A book signing will follow the lecture, and books will be available for purchase. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.