Deborah Lipstadt Appointed to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council


Source: Emory University News, 6-9-11

News Article ImageEmory University professor Deborah Lipstadt has been appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. President Barack Obama announced June 7 his intent to appoint her and other individuals to key posts in his administration.

Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory and one of the leading Holocaust scholars in the United States.

She is the author of the recently published “The Eichmann Trial.”  Her book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving” is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier.

Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Museum and helped design the section of the museum on the American response to the Holocaust. President Bill Clinton previously appointed her to two terms on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

From 1996 to 1999 she served on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. In this capacity she, together with other leaders and scholars, advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious persecution abroad.  In 2005 she represented former President George W. Bush at the 60th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Obama appoints three to Holocaust council

Source: JTA, 6-10-11

President Obama appointed a pioneer of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program, a prominent Holocaust historian and a top Jewish Democratic activist to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which governs the national Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C.

The White House announced  the three appointees in a June 7 statement.

Nancy Brooks Gilbert, the CEO of Travels and Dialogues, an Israel tourism specialty outfit, designed the itinerary pilot trip for Taglit-Birthright, the program that brings Jewish adults aged 26 and under to Israel for the first time. Gilbert, who is active in South Florida Jewish groups, including the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation, sponsors a village for orphans of the Rwandan genocide modeled on those Israel built for young survivors of the Holocaust.

Deborah Lipstadt, a professor in Holocaust studies at Emory University, successfully defended a libel suit brought by David Irving after she described him as a Holocaust denier. She has twice served as a a member of the museum’s council and helped design its section on the American response to the Holocaust.

Marc Stanley is the president of the National Jewish Democratic Council and also a vice-chairman of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella body for public policy groups. He has served as a president of the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged.

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