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Confidential: David Irving Biographical Information [PART 1, 1938-1980]. A libellous smear Report supplied anonymously by Michael Whine of the London Board of Deputies of British Jews for the League of Human Rights of the B’nai Brith Canada to plant in Canadian Government files, June 1992. See Whine's affidavit confessing to this, 1996

Notice: This document is held to be libellous in parts, and injudicious use of its contents may lead to proceedings in law.

 [PART I, 1938-1979] [PART II, 1980 -1990] [PART III, 1991 -1992]




1. Full Name: David Irving.

2. Date of Birth: 24.3.38.

3. Place of Birth: Park House, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex.

4. Education:

4.1 Sir Anthony Browne's School, Brentwood Essex. 4.2 Imperial College, London.

5. Work Experience:

5.1 1959: Labourer at "August Thyssen" steelworks, Ruhr, West Germany.

5.2 l959: Clerk-stenographer for US Strategic Air Command at an airfield near Madrid, Spain.

5.3 1960: Labourer at present site of Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College.

6. Father:

6.1. Father's Name: John James Cawdell Irving.

6.2. Irving's father was a Commander in the Royal Navy. He served at the Battle of Jutland (1916), and on the North Russian convoys of World War Two. He was the author of many books on the Royal Navy, including "The Kings Britannia", Irving claims that his father was also a polar explorer

7. Mother's Name: Beryl Irene Irving nee Newington (now deceased).

8. Parents: Divorced when Irving was a child.

9. Brothers: Irving has four brothers, all of whom were RAF Officers during World War Two.

10. Ex-Wife: Pilar Irving, nee Stuyck. (Divorced in late 1970s/early 1980s).

11. Children: Pilar and Irving had four children, all girls. One daughter has suffered from a mental breakdown.

12. Address: Irving is believed to maintain two homes. These are:

81 Duke St
London W1
Answerphone: 071 499 9409


800 Washington St
Key West
Florida 33040
Telephone: unknown

13. Other: He was rejected for National Service in the RAF on medical grounds (unknown).


1. Education:

1.1. At his grammar school, he was considered to be an exceptionally talented pupil, a brilliant linguist and an excellent mathematician.

1.2. Gained an ICI Scholarship to Imperial College, London University and changed from Arts subjects to Sciences.

1.3. 1956-57: Preliminary science year for former Arts Students.

1.4. In his first year he began writing for the Student Union's cultural magazine "The Phoenix", and gained a reputation as an outspoken personality.

1.5. 1956: Won Sir Arthur Acland English Essay Prize at Imperial College ,

1.6. 1957: Failed his first year of degree.

1.7. 1958: Repeated his first year of degree.

1.8. December 1958: Appointed editor of "The Phoenix" and published an editorial entitled "Ignorance is Bliss", arguing that educational resources be denied to the proletariat.

1.9. February 1959: Whilst in absentia he was removed as Editor.

1.10. At the end of 1958 he had taken a prolonged leave and was touring Europe.

1.11. Having worked in Germany and Spain, he worked as a labourer in London and re-sat his A-Level CE, before studying an English Degree at University College London. He left after two years and did not complete the course.

2. Ex-wife:

2.1. Name: Pilar Irving, nee Stuyck..

2.2. Date of Birth: 1938 (approximately)

2.3. Place of Birth: Spain

2.4. Family Origins: Pilar's family are Spanish, of Belgian origin. The family emigrated to Spain in early 1800, to manufacture carpets for the Spanish Royal Family. The family still run this prosperous business.

2.5. Father: Known to be pro-German and anti-British. Rumoured to have been one of Franco's senior Generals.

2.6. They met in the early 1960s while she was studying English in London.

2.7. They divorced in approximately 1980.

3. Finances:

3.1. Introduction:
Uncorroborated evidence implies that Irving has been the recipient of substantial funding from unknown sources. It has been repeatedly rumoured that these sources are Nazis.

3.2. Evidence:

3.2.1. When Irving was in Germany, supposedly working in the Ruhr, he found the time to do extensive research for his first three books. This task would have been extremely difficult had he not received funding, material assistance, and access to private archives. A number of researchers have commented on this, notably Gitta Sereny.

3.2.2. His correspondence with Dolinsky (see Page 6) points at the fact he received assistance from at least 1961.

3.2.3. Irving enjoys an opulent lifestyle, and has done for many years. It does not seem that he could maintain such a standard of living without source of income other than his books. (This is particularly true for his apparent wealth during the 1970s).

4. Ideology:

4.1. He is a fervent admirer of Hitler and Nazi Germany.

4.2. He has gradually moved further towards the extreme-Right of the political spectrum. Originally a fascist, he now openly mixes with former Nazis, leading neo-Nazis.

4.3. Anti-Semitism:

4.3.1. Irving has dealings with a number of Jews in his professional life, and uses this as an excuse to say that he is not an anti-Semite.

4.3.2. Irving expressed his anti-Semitism by hinting at Jewish conspiracies and by attacking Zionism and Israel. He is far too clever an opponent to openly admit to being an anti-Semite.

4.3.3. Irvings extensive links with neo-Nazis throughout Europe and North America can leave no doubt about his anti-Jewish sentiment.


1959 - 1969

1. In February 1959, The London University magazine, "Sennet", reported that Irving had been dismissed as editor of Imperial College's "Phoenix" by the magazine's Board of Directors. This followed Irving's having written a series of articles on ex-students of Imperial College - the ex-students had all been Right wing extremists. Irving then demanded that a Professor be dismissed on account of his being an atheist. However, his final transgression regarded the University's 'Carnival Rag". (See below).

2. Irving attended a meeting of London University's Carnival Committee and urged them to agree to the printing of a journal, to be entitled, "Carnival Times". He assured the Committee that he would raise advertising revenue, and was made Editor, under the general direction of the Committee. Unknown to the Committee, he arranged for a special supplement which would contain racist cartoons and Right-wing articles, including "a spirited defence of South African apartheid; a bitter attack on America and a glowing compliment to Hitler's Germany; and a cartoon deriding Negroes in the university and allegations that "the national press is owned by Jews". He also secured adverts from the South African Government and Oswald Mosley's paper "Action".

3. The Daily Mail (1.5.59.), stated that Irving had "pulled a fast one" as editor of Phoenix. (See above). He told his interviewer, I belong to no political party. But you can call me a mild fascist if you like. I have just come back from Madrid, I had a fine time. I returned through Germany and visited Hitler's eyrie at Berchtesgarden. I regard it as a shrine".

4. It has been alleged that Irving was active in the British Union of Fascists, whilst at college, and that he shared a speaking platform with Oswald Mosley. There appears to be no evidence of this.

5. In 1960/61 Irving had a lengthy correspondence with C C Aronsfeld of the Weiner Library. This is detailed on Page 6.

6. On 28.11.63, Manny Carpel, David Freedman, and Gerry Gable (currently Editor of 'Searchlight' the anti-Fascist magazine) were released on bail after having impersonated GPO engineers in an attempt to steal "secret documents" from Irving's home in Crescent Road, Hornsey. The three were subsequently fined a nominal sum, for impersonating GPO engineers - a crime that no longer exists on the statute book.

7. In a letter to The Times, (20.5.81), Irving claimed to have had meetings in August 1964 with the Cabinet Office concerning the use of material for his book, "The Mare's Nest". Irving claimed that he had access to official papers, but had submitted to vetting over his including information on ULTRA (World War 2 code breaking machine), and the claim that Churchill had considered using poison gas against German towns in July 1944. Irving claimed that Churchill personally requested the Cabinet Office to ask him to remove the reference to poison gas.

8. On 7.7.66., The Times Published Irving's apology for having quoted excessive death tolls in his book on Dresden. He claimed that he now believed the documents he had used were "falsified, probably in 1945". He then explained that the East German authorities had recently agreed to provide him with "a final report" the authenticity of which "is established beyond doubt". The report listed an expected final death toll of 25,000 with a further 35,000 "missing". His letter ended, "I have no interest in promoting or perpetuating false legends, and I feel it is important that in this respect the record should be set straight".


1. On 30.11.60. CC Aronsfeld, Curator of the Wiener Library, wrote to Irving about a letter he had written in that day's Daily Telegraph, concerning the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945. Aronsfeld invited Irving to utilise the Library's resources.

2. On 26.5.61. Irving wrote to Aronsfeld and enclosed a translation of a letter he had received from Studienrat R Dolinsky, whilst researching the bombing of Dresden. Dolinsky claimed to have been a Wehrmacht radio monitor during WWII and to have heard, in 1944, a "Free Polish'" radio broadcast from London which contained news that "the World Jewish Congress (WJC) had demanded the liquidation of Dresden as a reprisal for the crushing of the Warsaw uprising and the smashing of the Ghetto". Dolinsky quoted the WJC as saying that "The Sistine Madonna must be destroyed in return for the destruction of the Great Torah of Warsaw", Dolinsky then wrote to Frau Professor Maria Hasse, of the Technischen Hochschule (Technical College), Dresden, who had been a delegate at the WJC and who could confirm his story. He urged Irving not to write to her "on account of her exposed position in the Eastern Zone".

3. Irving said he suspected Dolinsky to be a deceiving anti-Semite but nonetheless he could not ignore his allegations which were made "in a convincing manner".

4. Aronsfeld replied to Irving by suggesting that he visit the Sikorski Institute to corroborate three separate points of evidence which "will have to be established before conscientious student can take any notice of them". Aronsfeld ended by advising Irving that Dolinsky's letter was "another version of the Protocols of Zion".

5. On October 2nd, Irving replied to Aronsfeld and enclosed a copy of another letter that he had received from Dolinsky. Irving told Aronsfeld that he had written a guarded letter to Frau Hasse. She replied by admitting to have been at the conference but suggested that Irving use the official East German history of the Dresden bombing if he wanted information on the subject. Irving wrote that "this last sentence was worded in such a way as to make me immediately suspicious that it was inserted merely to mollify any people opening her correspondence".

6. Irving then wrote again to Masse, this time enclosing extracts of Dolinsky's letter. He received no reply.

7. Irving had also written to Dolinsky and enquired about the WJC and the "Great Torah". Dolinsky replied to Irving on 29.8.61. and recommended that he contact a Mr J Margolin of Paris who had a text of a Rabbi Weismandl's speech which called for the destruction of Dresden. Dolinsky then suggested how Irving could write to Margolin in order to hide his intentions of exposing those responsible for the Dresden bombing. Dolinsky urged that Irving did not reveal that he knew him.

8. Dolinsky went on to tell Irvings "you will receive an invitation to visit Dresden. I have spoken to several people in the Eastern Zone about this... It will be guaranteed to you that you can move freely in Dresden... and people in Dresden will also be interested in clearing up the question who had given the order to destroy Dresden and on who's request... It was very rash of you to write to Frau Professor m Hasse... (she) can tell you nothing... Please do not write to her any more. She herself asks that you do not write to her any more...the key... is in the possession of Herr Margolin in Paris. If you write to him sufficiently cautiously, perhaps you will receive this key".

9. Irving was fascinated by the hints of Dolinsky's and "acquaintances" and amazed at how he knew of the letters to Frau Hasse. He asked Aronsfeld what he knew of Margolin and Weismandl, and offered to send him a copy of Dolinsky's original letter.

10. Aronsfeld's reply to Irving was rather dismissive. He doubted the worth of Irving's visits to Dresden and said that he could probably write "a moderate Thriller". Aronsfeld said that Margolin was an Israeli journalist and that Rabbi Weismandl had been head of the WWII Slovak Jewish Rescue Committee at Bratislava. The Rabbi had died in the USA in the late 1950's and Aronsfeld speculated that he may well have appealed for "effective strategic bombing". Aronsfeld ended the letter by declining Irving's offer of Dolinsky's letter.

Assessment of Correspondence:

1. Dolinsky's letters (attached) would have interested the most non inquisitive of people: Irving was fascinated by them. This may well have been Irving's introduction to revisionist history in its "purest" form. Namely, he received previously unheard of information which was very difficult to verify - or to disprove. Even if Irving believed Dolinsky to be simply ranting, there can be no doubt that the suggestions will have excited him and shown him a new and vibrant approach to the study of history.

2. If any part of Dolinsky's letter was true, then certain questions must be asked: who did Dolinsky know? Did he then introduce these people to Irving? Was Irving targetted by Dolinsky as a likely neo-Nazi sympathiser? etc. If one accepts that he did know certain unusual facts then it is very likely that he was merely a "front" for others, who were in some way his seniors.

3. According to other historians, Irving gained access to an unusually large number of East German files etc. This raises further speculation regarding Dolinsky's promise that Irving would "see everything and speak with everybody".

1970 -- 1980

1. The Daily Express, (22.5.70.), reported that Irving had sold the rights of his forthcoming biographies of Hitler and Field Marshall Erhard Milch for over £80,000.

2. On 4.3.1971 the Court of Appeal upheld the award of £40,000 libel damages to Captain John Broome. Irving had written in 'The Destruction of Convoy PQ17" that Broome had deliberately abandoned the convoy to Nazi U boats. The award was the highest awarded to date by an English court.

3. In early 1972, Lord Weidenfeld informed Irving that he was now unwilling to publish the forthcoming 'Hitler's War'.

4. Irving withdrew 'Hitler's War' from sale in Germany, after accusing his German publishers, Propyläen, of cutting and altering his manuscript without consultation.

5. On 8.6.77 The Guardian newspaper published an interview with Irving. This particular interview gives a fine example of how Irving was trying to undermine the public's view of WWII as being a battle against evil in the image of Nazi Germany, personified by Hitler. He claimed to be a good friend of Prof Hugh Trevor-Roper, who thought the manuscript for 'Hitler's War' to be "magnificent". He alleged that Lord Weidenfeld had withdrawn his contract following "pressure from certain groups and embassies" and pointed to his face to insinuate that Weidenfeld had "paid through the nose' to renew the contract for future books. He hinted to his interviewer that he could give him some "good stories, but wouldn't give a journalist that quote about Jews. "I have a lot of good friends who are Arabs" he said".

He described Hitler's confidantes (from whom he gained much of his 'exclusive' information) as "Ordinary types. The kind you find shopping in Selfridges". He admitted trying to "de-demonize" Hitler, to create "deliberate provocation, to wrench people away from the Hollywood image". He agreed Hitler was responsible, for Germany's anti-Semitic passion, the SS, and the original concentration camps, but claimed that when he "realised there was no evidence that Hitler knew, and I realised my commercial profits were going to evaporate. My agent said, for Christ's sake, invent something" .

He claimed that during the writing of the book, he had asked hundreds of interviewees what Hitler had said of the Jews whilst in his bunker. They had replied, "(none) except sick jokes about Jews being made into soap". The book detailed Hitler's mass euthanasia programme (cancelled following public disapproval) and revealed that he planned to liquidate the male population of Stalingrad (the Germans failed to conquer the city). Yet, Irving still insisted that "having removed the appalling crime of deliberate systematic murder of six million Jews" Hitler could be viewed "in a much more objective and clinical way". When compared to Roosevelt, Truman, and Churchill, Irving said, I would be hard put to say which was the most callous. They're all guilty of what I call Innocenticide. And in Churchill 's underground war cabinet room in Bridge Street there hung a stereoscopic display of air Photographs of Dresden after the raids. Hitler didn't glory in the massacres like that".

6. This interview indicates that Irving had established his strategy for rehabilitating Hitler. It rested upon five pillars, elements of which are contained in the vast majority of his works:

Irvings 'Rehabilitation' Strategy:

6.1. By limiting Hitler's culpability for the horrors of the Holocaust, he could remove Hitler's image as evil incarnate. By further alleging that Hitler was actively opposed to the Holocaust, Irving made him appear as a positive figure, who was appalled at the viciousness that his anti-Semitic politicking had uncovered. (Hence the importance of stressing his outrage at Kristallnacht; the criminal nature of those responsible for the killings, and how they tried to conceal the truth from him, knowing that he would be enraged by their activities).

6.2. Hitler's ignorance of the Holocaust leads very neatly into Irving's attempts to portray him as a mere human being. This is an issue that Irving pursued with much diligence. The theory is a simple one - if Hitler is just another human, then how can he be the devil? In conjunction with this, he attempts to portray Hitler as a wartime leader who's activities were no different from those of other wartime leaders .

6.3. There is little point in making Hitler out to be an 'ordinary' human. Irving therefore compares him with other historical 'giants' such as Napoleon, or Frederick the Great, This is a subtle and highly effective way of presenting him, as it confers an aura of 'greatness'.

6.4. Irving knew that am integral part of the 'greatness' process was to explain why highly respected Allied leaders, such as Churchill, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower, regarded Hitler as wholly evil. Naturally, Irving had to tarnish their reputations so that their verdicts on Hitler lacked respectability. Indeed, this approach then allowed Irving to excuse Hitler's excesses, by comparing them to alleged war crimes committed by the Allies, and presenting Hitler's actions as retaliations for Allied conduct. A fine example of this occurs in Hitler's War, where, having been told of Hitler's opposition to political assassinations, the reader is then told that SS General Karl Wolff blames the acceleration of the Holocaust (1942) on the assassination of Heydrich. The implication is that Churchill, having ordered the operation, is responsible for furthering genocide,

6.5. The extension of tarnishing Churchill is to present him as evil . (Hence the importance of Dresden, and Churchill's 'cowardice' during the Blitz). Hitler now becomes good, and the perception turns full circle,

-- It should be noted that the above strategy rehabilitates Hitler without in any way diminishing the horrors of the Holocaust. At best, it allows for Irving's opponent's to call him a Hitler apologist. It does not allow for Irving to be called an anti-Semite or a Nazi.

7 "Hitler' War" was published in Britain on 13.6.77. Irving offered $1,000 to anyone who could provide documentary evidence of Hitler's having known of the Holocaust. The issue was hotly debated on a BBC chat show, featuring Irving, Gerald Fleming, and R. Waite.

8. On 26.6.77. Irving wrote to the Sunday Telegraph that he had sought - and been denied - the advice of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research; the Weiner Library; Lucy Dawidowicz; and the Anti Defamation League, whilst researching the Holocaust for Hitler's War. He then claimed that Prof. Raul Hillberg "has come to the view that Hitler may not have known". The following week, CC Aronsfeld denied that Irving had tried to contact him.

9. The introduction to the West German edition of Hitler's War contained the statement, "Many forgeries are among records, including The Diary of Anne Frank". The reference was later removed by the publishers, Ullstein, who paid 'compensation to Otto Frank. Frank successfully sued Irving for the allegation.

10. On 19.9.77 Irving wrote to Walter Nelson of the Jewish Chronicle, thanking him for his review of Hitler's War, repeating his $1,000 challenge, and declaring "and so, at last, falls one of the most enduring and extraordinary myths of the Second World War". He then sent practically identical copies of the letter to the Birmingham Post and Private Eye.

11. On 25.11.77. Irving wrote to Private Eye that he believed Hitler had no knowledge of the notorious Wannsee Conference. He also claimed, "I have scrutinized every known record of the conference, and there is not even a hint that Jews are to be killed".

12. In March 1978, Irving claimed to have found a document proving that Hitler had ordered the postponement of the Final Solution. He further alleged that the US National Archives officials were unable to explain why the document had not been presented at the Nuremberg Trials. The document was sent to Irving by "a leading West German historian" who found it in the Reich Justice ministry file dealing with "the treatment of the Jews".

13. One of Irving's first German speeches was probably in May 1978 when he addressed The AGM of the Gesellschaft fur Freie Publizistik (GFP), the Society for the Freedom of Publication. He spoke on the subject of the 1944 German general's plot against Hitler.

Most of Irving's German talks were organised by the GFP, an organisation founded in 1960 and which by 1982 had a membership of several hundred right wing intellectuals, led by ex Nazi Werner Hansler, and which regularly advertised its functions in the German neo-Nazi press.

14. Irving reacted angrily to Patrick Cosgrave's review of his latest book "The War Path" in the Spectator, (24.6.78.) He repeated his $1,000 challenge and asserted that Jews should acknowledge the Holocaust to be the result of popular European anti-Semitism.

15. In July 1978 Irving debated "Hitler Today: Aspects of Research into the Hitler Problem" with a number of historians, including Eberhard Jäckel and J B Stern. His assertion that Hitler knew nothing of the Holocaust earned him a front page headline in Die National Zeitung, (14.7.78) .

16. The German historian, Guido Knopp, organised a conference of academics and historians on the theme, "Hitler Today: a German Trauma" , in order to remind Germans of Hitler's evils. The meeting, at Aschaffenburg, gained nationwide attention, as did Irving's offer of $1,000.

17. In October 1978 Irving visited the Frankfurt Book Fair at the behest of GfP. Again Irving's theories gained him widespread publicity and an interview with him was published in Die Welt, in which he accused German historians of manipulating history and reacted "with glee" to suggestions that he had "created a new school of history".

18. His speaking tour continued as GfP presented him in Stuttgart and Munich, where he spoke on Rommel. This theme continued when the GfP brought him back to Germany on 19.4.79 at Neustadt an der Weinstrasse; on 25 May at Coburg, where the meeting was patronised by the Friends of Nation Europa; in July 1979 he spoke to Deutsches Kulturwerk Europäischen Geistes; and in October he spoke to the Lübeck branch of GFP.

19. It should be noted that during this period, Irving was criticised by his neo-Nazi associates for accepting the facts of the Holocaust and for distorting private information given to him by obscure sources.

20. Following the publication of Hitler's War, Irving began lecturing on "Hitler's Path to War", He spoke at GFP branch meetings in Munich on 23 May 1979, Brunswick 12 October, Minden 17 October and Kassel 18 October.

21. Irving lectured to the GFP congress in Kassel, 31 August - 2 September 1979, on "Causes and Outbreak of WWII". His lecture was reprinted in Nation Europa (a new Nazi Journal), Nov-Dec 1979. DNZ of 14.8,79. reported that Irving was offering $1,000 for proof that Hitler had intended to attack Britain.

22. On 27.8.79, Irving wrote to the International Herald Tribune that he had a Hitler self portrait which he would never sell.

23. On 21.9.79, Irving reviewed Max Hastings' book, "Bomber Command"' , for "Now" magazine. He claimed to have asked the wartime head of RAF Bomber Command Air Vice Marshall Harris, in 1961, why he had never ordered the bombing of "Auschwitz or the other Nazi extermination camps". He claimed that Harris had replied, "If I was in Auschwitz, I would choose cyanide to death by an incendiary bomb - any time" . Irving went on to talk of how the Allied bombing campaign had "lost the moral credit gained by standing up to Hitler".

24. In November 1979, Irving lectured to German ex-servicemen in Stuttgart. This prompted the Waffen SS veterans journal, Der Freiwillige to ask, "When will our own historians begin to search for the truth?"

25. On 27.11.79. , it was revealed that Irving had challenged Anne Frank's father, Otto, to send her Diary to London so as that it could be examined by forensic experts, He withdrew his demands after a successful lawsuit by Otto Frank forced him to do so.

26. It was revealed in December 1979 that Irving was renting Churchill's war time desk diaries from Simon Ward-Thompson, for £5,000 p.a. Ward-Thompson is the godson of Commander 'Tommy' Thompson, Churchill's personal bodyguard, to whom the diaries were bequeathed.

27. During the late 1970s, Irving appeared annually on the public list of 'Enemies of the State', compiled by the "Office for the Protection of the Constitution of the Federal German Republic". Sometime in the early 1980s, he was removed from the list on instruction of Herr Karstens, West German Secretary of State.

This was a very curious decision, as Irving had obviously become a far greater threat by the time of his removal from the list.

28. On 30.3.79 Irving addressed a dinner of the Clarendon Club, the dining club of extreme-rightwingers and neo-Nazis. The meeting, as with all their meetings was closely guarded. It took place at the expensive 'five star' Portman Hotel im Central London, Irving spoke on his research work and the conclusion it had lead him to: history was being distorted to place the Allies in a more favourable light, than their activities warranted; Churchill had been bribed on a regular basis by East European Governments; Hitler had not known of the plan to exterminate the Jews, it was no use quibbling about the numbers of Jews who perished in the Holocaust, Irving also mentioned that he proposed to establish a new right-wing party.

Present at the Dinner were: Tim Beardson (NF), David Chaldecott(NF), Tony Webber (NF), Robin Rushton (League of St George), Mike Griffin (LOSG), Ian Souter Clarence (Column 88), John Ormowe (Column 88).


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