05 July 2022
Yesterday, 4 July 2022, long-time friend Prof. Deborah Lipstadt visited Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Since her previous visits, she was appointed US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism - a position that carries the title of Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary. In this new role, Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt assists the US government in promoting foreign policy combatting antisemitism worldwide.
Ambassador Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies and one of the founders of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia. She rose to fame when she won a landmark case against Holocaust denier David Irving, who sued her for libel – a saga that has since been immortalized in the award-winning film Denial.
At Yad Vashem, Amb. Lipstadt toured the Flashes of Memory exhibition and participated in a memorial ceremony with Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan in the Hall of Remembrance. There she rekindled the Eternal Flame and laid a memorial wreath on the slab under which ashes of Holocaust victims are buried. Prof. Lipstadt then visited the Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children brutally murdered during the Holocaust and signed the Yad Vashem Guestbook.
Ambassador Lipstadt was joined by colleagues both from Yad Vashem as well as Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs included her Israeli counterpart Special Envoy Combatting Antisemitism and Delegitimization of Israel Noa Tishby.
The prominent Holocaust historian and activist recalled that today, in the United States, the country is celebrating its independence, while her emotional visit to Yad Vashem "brought home the reality" of the current state of antisemitism worldwide. Chairman Dayan thanked Prof. Lipstadt for all she is doing to help the Jewish people in general and Yad Vashem in particular, and expressed his belief that Yad Vashem must continue to gather every scrap of evidence of the Holocaust, as an "obligation to all of its victims."
At the end of her visit, Prof. Lipstadt had a private audience with Chairman Dani Dayan.