I am the traditional enemy of truth
I recently read three books in connection with David Irving's libel trial against Deborah Lipstadt.
After Lipstadt wrote Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, and was about to come out with a British edition of the book, David Irving took her to court for libel, attempting to prevent her from publishing the book in the UK, and take the book out of print in the US. She eventually won, after proving that her statements in the book were true.
Richard Evans was an expert witness, and wrote about his research, and his experiences in the courtroom, in Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial.
Deborah Lipstadt wrote about her experiences during the trial in
History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving.
Of the three books, my favorite was the Richard Evans book, which goes into extensive detail about the nature of Irving's lies and distortions. History on Trial was less engaging, although it helped me get some perspective about the personal, professional and financial costs of the trial to Lipstadt. It also mentioned how the trial, despite the positive verdict, had a stultifying effect on free speech. At least one book (by another author) had its publication delayed, and was edited to tone down criticism of Irving.
Normally, I don't become too concerned about anti-semitism. I almost always wear a visible Magen David, and nobody's ever had an overt negative response to it. And in general, that's all I require from the world. However, whenever I go online, its very easy to become very very afraid. Note that the comments divide into 3 types: 3-star reviews from a postmodern perspective, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 1-star reviews, uniformly based on the assumption that since Irving is the King of Truth, Richard J. Evans (a gentile) and every jew ever born is a "traditional enemy of free speech and truth". If there are any reviews in there that criticize the book from a non-nutcase perspective, I'm not aware of them. This means that the neo-Nazi f-ers of the world have managed to make a book that should have a 4-5 star rating have a 3-star rating.
Essentially, the internet exists to remind me why I should be afraid of everything.