February 2000 | Volume 285 No. 2|
The Holocaust on Trial |
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In Courtroom 37 of the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, a judge of the Queen's Bench is presiding over the matter of David Irving v. Penguin Books Ltd. and Deborah Lipstadt. Lipstadt has called Irving "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." Irving, who speaks of the Holocaust as an "ill-fitting legend," is suing Lipstadt on grounds of libel. "In effect," the author writes, "he is seeking to put not just Lipstadt but the Holocaust itself on trial -- an effort in which he will receive considerable help from British libel law."
by D. D. Guttenplan
The Virus and the Vaccine
No one disputes that during the 1950s and early 1960s nearly a hundred million Americans received polio vaccine contaminated with a monkey virus known as SV40. Recently the virus has been associated with some forms of human cancer. Is SV40 a causative factor in these cancers? Is there reason to suspect the vaccine?
by Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher