My third event was another event hosted by the Schusterman Center. They showed a movie called Denial. The movie is actually a documentary over the British court case of Irving v Penguin Books Ltd and Deborah Lipstadt. In this case, a man named, David Irving, sues Lipstadt and her publisher for accusing him of Holocaust denial. Lipstadt must prove that Irving did, in fact, deny the Holocaust. The Jewish community of Britain actually pleaded with Lipstadt to drop the case and settle out of court in order to avoid public eyes. This shows the unsettling nature that Jews must face. Even when they are the ones who appear to have the wrong done upon them, the Jewish community still needs to tread lightly. In court, Irving claims that there was no evidence of gas chambers in Auschwitz because of the lack of holes in the roof. (Leading to a famous soundbite… ‘No holes, no Holocaust’. This outrages the international community, and provides the legal team a way to attack. Irving is on the ropes, but the judge claims that if Irving honestly believes his claims, he cannot be lying. However, the judge eventually sides with Lipstadt, and Irving is made out as a deceitful Holocaust denier.
It is amazing to me that anyone can deny the Holocaust, especially those who have had extensive education. This film opened my eyes to that kind of antisemitism. With the bomb threats that have been called in on Jewish Community Centres lately, it is apparent that antisemitism is still alive. In every corner of the world.