‘Denial’ – Riveting film based on case proving Holocaust really happened

Denial

Rachel Weisz pictured with Deborah Lipstadt.

British-American actress Rachel Weisz has one goal in the coming blockbuster film “Denial” : to prove that the Holocaust really happened.

The film is based ln a true story, about a tough legal battle fought in British courts in 1996 by American author Deborah Esther Lipstadt against historian David Irving (played by Timothy Stall) who sued her for libel.  Irving said Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books had characterized some of his writings and public statements as Holocaust denial in her book Denying the Holocaust.

Irving is shown in the movie as claiming that more women died in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident than at Auschwitz. Numerous estimates indicate at least 1 million people died at the notorious concentration camp.

Although English libel law puts the burden of proof on the defendant rather than the plaintiff, Lipstadt and Penguin won the case using the justification defence, viz. by demonstrating in court that Lipstadt’s accusations against Irving were substantially true and therefore not libelous. The case was argued as a bench trial before Mr Justice Gray, who produced a written judgment 334 pages long detailing Irving’s systematic distortion of the historical record of World War II. The Times (April 14, 2000, p. 23) said of Lipstadt’s victory, “History has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”

Poster of Denial

Poster of the film “Denial”

Holocaust denial is the act of denying the genocide of Jews and other groups in the Holocaust during World War II. Holocaust denial often includes the following claims: that Nazi Germany’s Final Solution was aimed only at deporting Jews from the Reich, but that it did not include the extermination of Jews; that Nazi authorities did not use extermination camps and gas chambers to mass murder Jews; and that the actual number of Jews killed was significantly (typically an order of magnitude) lower than the historically accepted figure of 5 to 6 million.

Denial is directed by Mick Jackson. The film is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. The film will be released on September 30, 2016 by Bleecker Street.

Lipstadt (born March 18, 1947) is an American historian, best known as author of the books Denying the Holocaust (1993) and The Eichmann Trial (2011). She is currently the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Lipstadt was a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 1994 she was appointed by Bill Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, serving two terms.

Weisz began her acting career at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in the early 1990s, then started working in television, appearing in the detective drama Inspector Morse, the British mini-series Scarlet and Black and the television film Advocates II. She made her film debut in the science fiction movie Death Machine (1994). Her first Hollywood appearance came in the action film Chain Reaction (1996), opposite Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman.

Next, she appeared as Evelyn Carnahan-O’Connell in the adventure films The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). – CINEWS

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