I was sorry to hear that you have declined to give evidence voluntarily in my libel action against Prof. Deborah Lipstadt. The actions against her and against Gitta Sereny are trundling on, and you may have seen a surprisingly long and fair article about the former action in the New York Times on June 26. (I have posted it on my website, and am enclosing a copy in case you're interested.) In it, a number of big-name historians are quoted as speaking kindly of me. It has provoked some Internet debate.
The purpose of this letter is to thank you for your great patience in your responses to my staff on this matter, and to advise you that in due course, if the Court allows, we shall ask you to appear under sub-poena. This is probably a satisfactory solution all round. In my letter advising Lipstadt's lawyers of this, which is a statutory requirement, I have stated that the evidence to be asked of you (and other historians who will be similarly afflicted) will be:
Will you please indicate to me what arrangements will be convenient for us to serve the necessary papers on you, whether at your office or elsewhere?
FOCAL POINT PUBLICATIONS
Dr John Keegan (please forward)