eminent Dutch author of Auschwitz from 1270 to the Present
(Yale University Press)
Robert Jan van Pelt, Professor of Cultural History, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada N2L 3G1
Focus, No. 8/1999 Monday, February 22, 1999
»Große Aufmerksamkeit hat das Buch [von Van Pelt und Dwork, Auschwitz - 1270 bis heute] in Amerika und Europa gefunden. Van Pelt meint dazu recht lässig:
"Na ja. Jetzt werde ich bei allen Prozessen gegen Auschwitz-Leugner als große Kapazität geladen. Wenn das der Wahrheit dient, dann hat sich unsere Arbeit gelohnt".«
David Irving notes:
In Germany, a country which has not had much luck with its legal systems this last century, the prosecution is permitted to call expert witnesses, which the defendants in these cases are denied. I was not even allowed to call Franciszek Piper, director of the Auschwitz state archives, as witness! In Germany even defence lawyers are prosecuted for doing their job, as this technically makes them "deniers" too... Since the bombastic Jan Van Pelt will certainly be called as an expert witness by Professor Lipstadt's defence lawyers, I invite my many friends in the academic world to contribute now what they know about this Holocaust scholar.