Deborah Lipstadt, a distinguished scholar, and U.S. special envoy has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023 for her unwavering commitment to combating antisemitism and protecting Jewish communities around the globe. Lipstadt was nominated by Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
In his nomination, Greenblatt referred to the Book of Proverbs’ hymn, Eshet Chayil, which describes a woman of valor who is strong, righteous, and provides a safe home for Jewish values and traditions. He stated that Lipstadt embodies this image through her role as a U.S. special envoy, working tirelessly to ensure the safety and protection of Jewish communities.
Throughout her career, Lipstadt has fearlessly confronted antisemitism on college campuses, in courtrooms, and within the halls of power. Her nomination comes at a critical time when anti-Jewish hate has reached record levels in the United States and around the world.
Greenblatt emphasized the importance of Lipstadt’s work, not only for Jewish people but for all communities. He explained that while antisemitism may begin with Jews, it never ends with them. By calling on the international community to ensure that Jews everywhere can live safely and practice their faith freely, Lipstadt’s efforts contribute to building a society free of bigotry and intolerance for everyone.
Deborah Lipstadt is a professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She gained international recognition for her successful defense against Holocaust denier David Irving in a landmark libel trial in 2000. Her steadfast commitment to truth and her vast knowledge of history has made her a leading authority in her field.
As one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023, Lipstadt’s recognition shines a light on the importance of combating antisemitism and creating a more inclusive and tolerant world. Her ongoing work serves as an inspiration to all who believe in the power of truth, justice, and equality.