Among those he cited was Harris Salomon the producer of the film on the Rosenblatts. Salomon, as i noted, in now crying about how he was lied to by Rosenblatt. Essentially he is portraying himself as a victim.
This is what he is now saying to the press:
"It’s unfortunate he told a lie.... The man is tragically flawed, but his story had value.... Obviously, this is a surprise to me. Obviously, I am extremely angry. He let me down professionally and personally. We get used to dealing with people of all stripes in this business. This is the business and the society we live in today, that allows people to lie, but also feeds off people lying and asking for forgiveness."Those who read Gabe Sherman's excellent pieces in The New Republic [see here and here], know that Solomon contacted the deans at Michigan State University to rail about Waltzer's work on this topic. He managed, it seemed to me, to rattle Waltzer, a fine historian, a bit. After all, not all universities, especially state institutions which are facing hard economic times, will strongly support their faculty in situations such as these. [That's why Emory's support of me, as I recount in History on Trial, is so remarkable.]
Since Salomon is now bemoaning his fate, I thought readers should see how he sang a very different tune about six months ago after I told him that i had serious doubts about the Rosenblatt story.
Compare what he had to say now [I have been lied to] with what he had to say then.
His email to me is cc'ed to Rosenblatt and, I assume, to his agent.
I plead guilty to sometimes being a "hothead" especially when something about which I care deeply is at stake, e.g. truth and lies about the Holocaust.
To: Lipstadt, Debo
Cc: [Email addresses eliminated ]
Subject: Re: debo
re is no point in me having an a rgument with you. i know little about you othe rthen what has been w ritten. i have to admit i have hea rd some ha rsh things about you since we sta rted exchanging emails. hothead is a wo rd used by at least two of you rpee rs in the holocaust community.
i am telling you, and i am su
re you know, that much of what is w ritten on the net is not t rue. what is on the op rah site, what is on the aish site, and what is on you rblog, a re not the wo rds of he rman rosenblat and not what is in his book. if you took the time to read the book befo re ripping something apa rt pe rhaps you r reputation might be diffe rent? in my business debo rah that is called slande r. i know you have hea rd that wo rd befo re.
re entitled to an opinion. you a re entitled to judge the facts. but you ropinion debo rah at the moment is wo rthless as you a re making statements based on thi rd pa rty web sites that do not contain the wo rds of m r. rosenblat o rwhat is in his book.
is this what you would advise you
rstudents at emo ry?
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raveled all ove reaste rn eu rope fo rseve ral yea rs in p repa ration fo rwhat will be a majo rfeatu re film. i may be mo re of a mo re of a holocaust expe rt then you, even though, i have no title no runive rsity affiliation. what i do know fo rsu re is befo re i make any statements i know the facts.
you simply do not know those facts, and that deb
roah, is the g reatest sin to the memo ry of all those pe rished so long ago.
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But I did think that Salomon's intimation, as I understood, that it was because of my passion that I was sued by David Irving was a bit over the top.
Anyway, this one-time "expert" on historical truth who tried to silence Ken Waltzer and me -- he did not seem to realize that I have faced far more nettlesome opponents than him -- is now crying about being a victim.
If there is a scoundrel in this story my impression is that we have found him.