Lies and Distortions
Irving brought the action in England because he is English and
Lipstadt sought to profit from peddling her lies in the U.K. Libel
actions are notoriously difficult to bring in the U.K., since the
litigants can not claim legal Aid.
has only recently come into this field.
expertise was in Nineteenth Century German social history. His
knowledge of vernacular German is pitiable. Mr Irving has studied
the Third Reich and its archives since 1960.
records show that Evans was paid nearly $250,000 by one side
alone, in addition to drawing his regular pay as an academic; he
has also benefitted indirectly from the Jewish community, being
appointed to lucrative positions on Holocaust reparations bodies
since the trial.
and his team spent twenty man-years going through Mr Irving's
entire published works in every edition, looking for possible weak
points; they located eighteen "flaws" of varying degrees of
triviality e.g. transcribing Himmler's handwritten (Gothic script)
word Haben as
Juden from a poorly Xeroxed print
off a microfilm. Of these eighteen, Judge Grey refused to accept
half a dozen in his Judgment as being proved. (Evans writes
however: "...In every case"). We shall stablish in the appeal that
of the remaining twelve, Mr Irving's version is correct or that
the flaw was inconsequential.
is true that Himmler 's lunch appointment with Hitler on Nov 30,
1941 was noted for just after his phone conversation with
Heydrich. (We now know this, since Himmler's agenda was
found in Moscow last year: but that was eight years after my most
recent printed edition of Hitler's War!) Himmler repeatedly saw
Hitler on occasions before that, and the phone call was conducted
from Hitler's bunker, and to suggest as Evans does that
Hitler had no role in it is ludicrous and
See paragraph 4 above, to see who is lying now.
is another lie: as audiences around the world, and those who have
read my books, know I have described in horrific detail the
systematic extermination of the Jews by shooting on the eastern
front. Even Evans was not able to prove any order for them from
Hitler (except his attempts to halt it).
Gray found that Lipstadt had libelled Mr Irving on three specific
issues, as Lord Justice Sedley also agrees.