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Diary of Adolf Eichmann (in German) -- Nizkor Project [.zip, .rtf, MS Word]
Adolf Eichmann
David Irving
"The Holocaust on Trial" -- Atlantic Monthly

Released last week by the Israeli State Archives, the memoirs of Adolf 
Eichmann offer a chilling, though self-serving, account of the workings of 
the Nazi's "Final Solution." Although most scholars dismiss the diary as an 
attempt by Eichmann to defend or exonerate himself while on trial for his 
central role in the Holocaust, the manuscript was still sealed in the 
Israeli archives for 39 years. It was made public at the request of Deborah 
Lipstadt, a professor at Emory University, who, along with her publisher, 
Penguin Books, is being sued for libel by David Irving, a British historian 
whom Lipstadt characterized as a "dangerous spokesman" for Holocaust 
denial. Under Britain's libel laws, the burden of proof is on the 
defendant, which means that Lipstadt must discredit Irving's position by 
demonstrating that he has willfully ignored or distorted the facts. Due to 
the complicated nature of the trial, it has been heard without a jury, and 
closing arguments are scheduled for March 13. The Nizkor Project, one of 
the largest online repositories of primary documents related to the 
Holocaust, is dedicated to combating Holocaust denial and has made 
available the full text of the diary, False Gods, (in German only) in .txt, 
.rtf, and MS Word formats. Users can also learn more about Eichmann and 
David Irving at Nizkor's special sections on each. The latter includes 
numerous related documents and links to press updates from the libel trial. 
Finally, users are strongly encouraged to read D.D. Guttenplan's 
outstanding article on the trial, which appeared in the February 2000 issue 
of Atlantic Monthly. The full text is available online in four parts. 


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