Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
JBC friend, author, and Rohr judge Deborah Lipstadt has a new book: The Eichmann Trial . The Eichmann Trial, which was published yesterday, offers a reassessment of the groundbreaking trial that has become a touchstone for judicial proceedings throughout the world in which victims of genocide confront its perpetrators.
Watch out for Lipstadt’s guest blog posts for the JBC/MJL Author Blog in April, but in the meantime, check out this podcast from Tablet, which makes a case for why Eichmann’s trial was such a watershed — it introduced the use of survivor testimony as a part of a trial in a way that hadn’t really been done before and in so doing, changed the way the word looks at genocide and prosecutes its perpetrators. Lispstadt also discusses how the trial introduced questions of who has the right to speak for the Jews, what criticism Israel faced for taking it upon itself to try Eichmann, and other fascinating matters. Find the podcast here.
And, watch the book trailer below:
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.