Acclaimed Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt Appointed as Biden's Antisemitism Envoy

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The acclaimed historian of the Holocaust Deborah Lipstadt will be appointed as President Joe Biden’s envoy on antisemitism.

The Times of Israel reports that an official announcement of the appointment will come sometime on Friday.

Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, has been a particularly strident voice in the fight against Holocaust denial.

Most famously, she was sued for libel by far-right antisemite and Holocaust denier David Irving for calling him a Holocaust denier.

After a trial watched the world over, Irving’s suit was rejected and he is now persona non grata in many countries.

A film called Denial was later made about Lipstadt’s ordeal.

Lipstadt has also been an outspoken critic of antisemitism from the right and left, and a strong defender of Israel.

Representative Ted Deutch, founding co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, called Lipstadt’s appointment “an excellent choice.”

“She will bring to this role extensive experience and a deep understanding of historic and modern-day antisemitism,” he said.

“Especially amid the years-long rise in global antisemitism, Deborah is the leader we need to push governments to take this deadly threat seriously,” he added.

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