Deborah Lipstadt: I 'tremendously disagree' with Richard Evans over Labour vote

Sir Richard Evans, the lead witness for the defence during the David Irving libel trial, tweeted he would back the party despite his misgivings over antisemitism



Renowned Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt has condemned the decision of a colleague who was her lead witness against David Irving to vote Labour. 

Prof Richard Evans, one of the country's most pre-eminent historians of the Third Reich, was cross-examined for more than a week in Prof Lipstadt's defence in 2000 during the infamous, ultimately unsuccessful, libel action Mr Irving brought against her for her attacks on his Holocaust denial.

On Sunday, Prof Evans was lambasted for tweeting he would vote for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, despite the fact its failure to address antisemitism within its ranks "makes me very angry".

The tweet prompted outrage from those accusing him of minimising antisemitism.

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman asked: "How can a historian throw credibility on the line by this reductive tweet... History will judge".

But Prof Lipstadt said his voting Labour "does not diminish his tremendous contribution to exposing David Irving's lies and distortions".

"He was the lead historical witness. He drove Irving nuts when he gave testimony," she wrote.

Prof Lipstaft has been critical of Labour under Mr Corbyn. She warned last year that Mr Corbyn was contributing to a rise in "softcore" Holocaust denial.

She called Ken Livingstone's claim Zionists had supported Hitler "the kind of softcore denial I worry about much more. It’s subtly antisemitic and it's clearly denial because it rewrites history”.

She added Mr Corbyn was "blind to overt manifestations of antisemitism".

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