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Kellyanne Conway, adviser to US president Donald Trump, coined the term “alternative facts” in January 2017 when defending White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who was caught out lying about crowd numbers at Trump’s inauguration. This Orwellian notion presents a clear and present danger to society. Historian Deborah Lipstadt shares her personal experience of battling alternative facts and offers strategies to expose those attempting to camouflage lies as truth. getAbstract recommends Lipstadt’s timely talk to anyone fighting the assault on truth.

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Deborah Lipstadt is a professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University.



It’s easy to categorize Holocaust deniers alongside people who believe that the Earth is flat or that Elvis lives. The Holocaust is the “best-documented genocide” in history. To believe it didn’t take place, you’d have to discount the testimonies of the survivors and onlookers, as well as the residents who lived near the death camps and witnessed trains overflowing with captives entering the camps and coming out empty. You’d also have to disregard the admissions of the perpetrators. Nevertheless, many people are willing to believe deniers.

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