Material for an Affidavit
Preparing an Affidavit to be submitted by his West Australian lawyer Ed Wall, David Irving submitted this Preamble, since his character was to be called into question
London, January 20, 1994
1. Personal character. You might mention (on "character") that I am teetotal, non smoking, don't do drugs, and have no other vices; I have no criminal record, a clean driving licence. I have never been on the dole or drawn unemployment benefit.
I have been a professional historian since 1962, earning a position of respect (as witness the statements by John Keegan [Writing in The Daily Telegraph their noted defence correspondent John Keegan, reviewing two other books, began his review: "Two books in English stand out from the vast literature of the Second World War: Chester Wilmot's The Struggle for Europe, published in 1952, and David Irving's Hitler's War, which appeared three years ago."], by Trevor Roper, Professor A J P Taylor) for my deep research and fearless and incorruptible expression of opinions; trusted to work in the archives of the world, including collections that were not open to general public research, like Lord Cherwell's private papers in 1963, closed Cabinet Office records in London including Rommel's papers in the 1960s (as a mark of gratitude for the manner in which, at their request, I kept secret certain wartime data I had stumbled across), in the CIA and the Hungarian communist records in Budapest in the 1970s; the former CIA director William Casey was a personal friend and an admirer of my work, at whose personal invitation I visited him at CIA headquarters at Langley. My book Churchill's War -- which was number one best-seller when first published in Australia in 1987 -- was donated last year by the German chancellor Helmuth Kohl to his friends as a Christmas present.
2. Background to the present troubles. In 1991 I founded the International Campaign for Real History. By Real History (a phrase of my own invention) I mean history written purely on the basis of primary sources like archival materials, and eschewing all political bias and considerations of "political correctness". The notion of Real History attracted much attention, there were reader's letters in The Times and to me, asking how to "join." Simultaneously, my opponents (the Jewish Lobby) began a global campaign to silence me. Since 1962 they have