Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadts’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she claimed a Holocaust denier. The whole world knows the holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it.
In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused
Therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. It also demonstrates that Irving was (in her barrister’s words) a bent historian, someone whose anti-Semitism drove him to intentionally twist and misrepresent Holocaust history to promote the nonsense of the Holocaust denial movement. So, how do you show a liar is a liar, when what he’s lying about took place more than half a century ago? Lipstadt has three powerful weapons on her side; her solicitor, her barrister, and the truth. What was interesting it felt like it was an exercise in he-said -she-said. Afterwards it an emotional impact with an understanding of the rhetorical tricks of the deniers. There was a scene in the movie where you saw the Kremas of Auschwitz-Birkenau bringing an emotional reaction in hearing what Rampton experience is.
Holocaust Denial: A Brief History
Denial became increasingly obvious that the war was not going well, Himmler instructed his camp commandants to destroy records, crematoria and other sign of mass destruction of human beings. He was especially adamant with regard to those Jews still alive who could testify regarding their experiences in the camps. In April, 1945, he signed an official order (which still exists in his own handwriting) that the camps would not be surrendered and that no prisoner fall into the hands of the enemies alive. Apparently Himmler knew that the Final Solution would be viewed as a moral outrage by the rest of the world.