Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Branded for Holocaust Views
By SUE LEEMAN,
Associated Press Writer
LONDON (AP) - Historian David
Irving, who has questioned the extent of the
Holocaust, sought permission Wednesday to appeal a
court ruling in which a judge branded him an
anti-Semite and an apologist for
Irving's attorney, Adrian Davies, said
the ruling last year by High Court Judge Charles
Gray was contrary to the weight of evidence,
and that Irving would argue in an appeal that the
judgment was unjust.
"Nowhere in the entire core of Mr. Irving's
work, in an authorial life of nearly 40 years ...
has he said anything which remotely began to
suggest that he thought the Nazis did a jolly good
thing - or even an excusable thing - in rounding up
all the Jews in Eastern Europe and putting them
into camps," Davies told the three appellate
Gray rejected a libel suit Irving brought
against American academic Deborah Lipstadt
who, in a 1994 book, accused Irving of playing down
the horrors of the Holocaust.
The judge ruled that Irving, who has been banned
from Germany, Canada and Australia, had indeed
"misrepresented and distorted" historical evidence
and that he was "anti-Semitic and racist and that
he associates with right-wing extremists who
Gray said Irving had, for his own ideological
reasons, deliberately misrepresented historical
evidence and portrayed Hitler in a favorable
63-year-old Briton had sued Lipstadt and her
publishers, Penguin, over her book, "Denying the
Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and
Memory," saying it destroyed his livelihood and
generated feelings of hatred against him.
Irving, the author of nearly 30 books including
"Hitler's War," insists he does not deny that Jews
were killed by the Nazis, but challenges the number
and manner of Jewish concentration camp deaths.
He claimed that after publication of Lipstadt's
book, his academic work was increasingly shunned by
publishers and agents.
Gray ordered Irving to pay Lipstadt and
Penguin's legal costs, estimated at $2.78 million.
Irving has funded the appeal with the help of
contributions from supporters, including some in
the United States.
Lipstadt, who holds the Dorot Chair in Modern
Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in
Atlanta, was at the hearing but offered no comment
The hearing continues Thursday and is expected
to last five days.© Copyright 2001