Zeta Beta Tau fraternity honored historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, best known for her books studying the Holocaust, with its 2019 Gottheil Award for humanitarian service, the fraternity announced in a news release Aug. 21.
Lipstadt accepted the award at the 2019 Zeta Beta Tau International Convention in Denver on Aug. 3.
The award is named to honor the founder of the fraternity and is awarded to individuals and organizations for humanitarian services and activities that best promote better understanding in relationships among all people.
Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta and has published literature and taught about the Holocaust for nearly 40 years. She is also well-known for a 10-week trial in London after she was sued for libel by David Irving for calling him a Holocaust denier, where the judge ruled in favor of Lipstadt.
“Deborah Lipstadt is committed to the fight against hate, a cause that is a priority at (the fraternity),” Zeta Beta Tau CEO Libby Anderson said in the news release. “We are honored to present this award and recognize Deborah for all of her work in the hate prevention and Holocaust education space.”