Witness Statement of Deborah E. Lipstadt: Electronic Edition, by Deborah E. Lipstadt

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Impetus for Writing this Book

74.The impetus for writing this book came in the 1980s when I was approached by Professors Yehuda Bauer and Yisrael Gutman of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, both leading experts on the history of the Holocaust. They inquired if I would be willing to undertake a research project on Holocaust denial which would be sponsored by the Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. They were particularly interested in a study of the history of the deniers in North America. I agreed to undertake the project. Over the course of the next four years I received approximately $20,000 which was designated to cover my travel/research expenses. These funds were used to subsidize a series of research trips to New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, France, and London. They were also designated to cover my xeroxing costs. In addition, I paid for a research assistant with these funds. According to my calculations I spent far more than that on my research. Other than to express an interest in my progress, neither Professors Bauer nor Gutman -- nor, for that matter, anyone else -- delineated in any way what I should write or how I might approach the topic. I sent Professors Bauer and Gutman finished copies of the manuscript as it neared completion in order to peruse it for errors or mistakes. Neither Professors Bauer nor Gutman offered any substantive or textual suggestions for changes.
75.According to the contract I signed, I was to receive 50% of the first two years of royalties on this book. The remainder were to go to the Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University. The Hebrew University only sent me a small portion of the very first royalty payment they received [approximately 2,500 dollars]. I never pursued the remainder. After that I received no royalties on this book. I received no other funds for the writing of this book. I received no funds when the rights to the book were sold to other countries, including the United Kingdom. I have earned nothing from this book since the first year in which it appeared, in 1994.

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