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

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Research Undertaken

76.In order to delineate the characteristics and objectives of Holocaust denial I undertook the following steps:
  • (a)I read as much material by deniers as I could obtain.
  • (b)I spoke with individuals engaged in studying and researching the deniers and/or other extremist groups.
  • (c)I met with Robert Faurisson, one of the leading deniers in France. I spoke with David McCalden, then head of the Institute for Historical Review. I tried to interview Arthur Butz of Northwestern University but he refused to speak to me.
  • (d)I visited archives in New York, London, Los Angeles, Eugene (Oregon), Sydney (Australia) and Israel. I also spent a great deal of time working in both university and organizational archives which possessed information pertaining to the deniers. These included the archival collections at the University of Oregon, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Library of Congress, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, and the Institute for Jewish Affairs in London.
  • (e)I engaged researchers. Their work was strictly administrative or bureaucratic, i.e. filing, retrieving items from the library etc.
  • (f)I read extensively on the topic of post-war Holocaust denial, conspiracy theories, and on post-World War II antisemitic extremism.
  • (g)I was given access to the legal records of a firm in California which had represented a Holocaust survivor in his case against deniers. This collection contained a significant amount of material by deniers, used by the lawyers in the preparation of their case.