British television programme on June 9, 1977, when
Hitler's War was published,
pitted against Professor
of the University of Surrey, England, a specialist
in the history of the
mass liquidation of Europe's Jews.
the intervening twenty years, they have exchanged
many documents as between colleagues. In 1985
Irving drew Fleming's attention to the
extraordinary CSDIC Walter
Later, he told him of the Kurt Aumeier
proved a one-way traffic however. When Mr Irving
asked to borrow the photo of Himmler (right)
visiting Auschwitz, Fleming declined.
by Mr Irving's offer
of a £1,000 reward, after seven years'
research Fleming in ... published a book,
and the Final Solution,
seeking to prove Hitler's direct responsibility.
Professor Gordon Craig, reviewing it in the
USA, concluded that Fleming had failed; Tom
Bower, the noted British investigative
journalist, agreed with that assessment in his own
1993 the legally enforced disclosure of secret
Canadian, Australian, and other government files
unexpectedly revealed that Fleming was acting as an
agent of the Board
of British Jews, even secretly urging punitive
measures against the British historian including
his arrest and imprisonment by foreign
1997 Fleming confirmed that he was born Gerhard
Flehinger, in Mannheim, Germany, emigrating to the
U.K. in 1938.