Emory U. site provides background on denial trial

This year's libel suit in England against a prominent Holocaust historian was a major milestone in the fight against Holocaust denial, Jewish leaders say.

And now the records of that trial are available online at a site hosted — appropriately enough — by Emory University. Deborah Lipstadt, a top Holocaust scholar and an Emory professor, was the defendant in the case brought by David Irving, whom she labeled a denier.

The site "is built around the defense's groundbreaking research, the riveting trial-room testimony, and the judge's historic opinion which found Irving to be a 'right-wing pro-Nazi polemicist' who 'deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence,'" according to an introductory section.

This is not your basic casual reading. The site presents a vast amount of information aimed at scholars, students and activists.

So you can read the entire ruling by the presiding judge, or go through pages — reams, actually — of evidence in the trial.

The site's authors make it easier by breaking things down with a concise table of contents and general categories. There's also an effective search engine to help you find specific information.

To get just the outlines of the case, check out the "frequently asked questions" section.

The only section that seems lacking is one that promises news stories about the trial.

The site, created with major help from the American Jewish Committee, is a model of how to present a vast amount of information in a serious, efficient and reasonably easy to use way. Check it out at www.holocaustdenialontrial.org.

On a completely different topic, there's a new Web site for Jews coping with diabetes. Keeping kosher is hard enough; doing it while following the complex drug and diet regimes required for people with diabetes can be an enormous challenge.

Now you can get some help and lots of support from the Jewish Diabetes mailing list.

With a mailing list, you "subscribe," and then start getting regular mailings, which include the messages posted by other participants.

To jump into a conversation, you simply respond to a message; your reply is then distributed to everybody else on the list.

The topics on the diabetes list are wide-ranging. Some participants talk about the difficulties of mixing diabetes treatment with a kosher lifestyle; others offer advice about medications or diets. One recent topic: How do you enter a mikvah with a diabetes infusion set?

Some participants forward news stories about medical advances; one offers a collection of Web links in Hebrew dealing with diabetes.

Another conversation thread focuses on the nutritional content of cholent, the long-cooking stew traditionally served on Shabbat.

The mailing list is moderated by Rabbi Hirsch Meisels, a diabetic himself.

There's tons of useful information here, and lots of support for people suffering from this disease. The format is practical and straightforward.

Sign up for the Jewish diabetes list at this Web site: Check out the site at www.egroups.com/messages/JewishDiabetes.

James D. Besser is a Washington-based correspondent who has been writing about Jewish Web sites since the early 1990s. His columns alternate with those of Mark Mietkiewicz. Besser can be reached at [email protected]