Deborah Lipstadt is an American professor of Holocaust studies whose speaking engagement is disrupted by David Irving, a Nazi Germany scholar. He files a libel lawsuit in the UK against her and her publisher for declaring him a Holocaust denier in her books. As in the United Kingdom the burden of proof in a libel case lies with the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team, led by solicitor Anthony Julius and barrister Richard Rampton, must prove that Irving lied about the Holocaust.
To prepare their defence, Lipstadt and Rampton tour the Auschwitz death camp in Poland with a local scholar, while the research team subpoenasIrving’s extensive personal diaries. Lipstadt is annoyed by Rampton’s apparently disrespectful questions on the subject, and frustrated when the team minimises her involvement in the case, arguing she harms its chances of success. The British Jewish community pleads with her to settle out of court to avoid creating publicity for Irving. However, her team has a promising start when they persuade Irving to agree to a trial by judge instead of a jury, which he could have manipulated to his advantage, by appealing to his ego.
Irving conducts his own legal representation, facing Lipstadt’s well-financed legal team. Irving endeavours to twist the presented evidence for the defence. Lipstadt is approached by a Holocaust survivor who pleads for the chance to testify, but Lipstadt’s legal team insists on focusing the trial on Irving.
Irving tries to discredit evidence for gas chambers at Auschwitz, claiming there were no holes on the roof for the Zyklon Bgas crystals to be introduced. His soundbite “no holes, no holocaust” dominates the media coverage. Furious, Lipstadt demands that she and the Holocaust survivors take the stand. Julius angrily counters that Irving would only humiliate and exploit a survivor on cross-examination, as he has in the past. Rampton visits Lipstadt at her home to explain his approach and earns her trust. In court, he subjects Irving to skilful cross-examination and exposes his claims as absurd, while expert testimony exposes the distortions in Irving’s writings.
As the trial concludes, the judge disquiets the defence by suggesting that if Irving honestly believes his own claims, then he cannot be lying as Lipstadt asserted. After an agonising wait for the ruling, Justice Charles Gray rules for the defence, convinced by the evidence that Lipstadt’s criticism of Irving as a deceitful Holocaust denier is valid. Lipstadt is hailed for her dignified demeanour, while her legal team reminds her that despite her silence during the trial, it was her writing that countered Irving’s lies and provided the basis for this victory. At a press conference Lipstadt praises her lawyers for their strategy.
ANDREW GORDON BENNETT PINK-LEST WE FORGET , YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR CHILDREN,S CHILDREN SHOULD WATCH THIS FILM. IT HAPPENED AND IT WAS IGNORED BY THE GERMAN PEOPLE .I KNOW FOR A FACT MY STEP FATHER MAJOR WILLIAM BARKER -COX WAS THE SEVENTH MAN INTO BELSON HE SAW THE HORRORS AND WAS THERE FOR TWO YEARS AS AN ADMINISTRATOR . THE HOLOCAUST TOOK PLACE .THE GENOCIDE ,SLAUGHTER ,DEHUMANISION ,TOOK PLACE . WE MUST REMEMBER BECAUSE THE TIME IS COMING WHEN THERE WILL BE NO SURVIVORS ALIVE TO TELL THE TALE OF WOE.THEN MORE THAN EVER DO WE NEED TO TELL THE TRUTH AND NOT FORGET WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED NOT TO ALLOW THE DENIAL THEORISTS TO SPREAD THEIR PERNICIOUS LIES .