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Helga's Diary

A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp

by Helga Weiss

Helga's Diary
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    Apr 2013, 240 pages
    Feb 2014, 256 pages

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Beyond the Book:
The Sickness of Denial

Helga's Diary is an important book because it protects the truth of our human past, and truth has often been in danger. "In war, truth is the first casualty." Any great conflict brings us to the same confrontation with distortion, lies, and historical reconstruction.

Hungarian JewsIn 2000, a libel trial took place in Great Britain. David Irving, a prolific British writer on history, sued Dr. Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University for defaming his reputation. Dr. Lipstadt had identified Irving in her 1993 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, as a 'dangerous spokesperson' for Holocaust denial. If the trial had taken place in the United States, Irving would have needed to prove the falsity of Lipstadt's charge; in Britain, however, Lipstadt had to prove the truthfulness of her claim. In other words, she would have to prove that the Holocaust actually happened. In History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving, Deborah Lipstadt shows the importance of good ...

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