In April 2000 Mr Justice Gray delivered his unfavorable judgment in the action brought by David against Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books. In June 2001 Mr Irving applied for permission to appeal, having assembled a formidable document book supporting his arguments that the Judgment was flawed. Permission to appeal was however denied. We reproduce some of the dossiers here.
SO MANY innocents were killed in the 1945 British air raid on Dresden that the German authorities had to cremate the bodies on mass funeral pyres on the Altmarkt. Mr Irving was the first to publish these photographs in the west. When he produced one of them, enlarged to poster size, in Court, Defence Counsel Richard Rampton sneered, "So what!"
[Transcript, Day 7 January 20, 2000, page 170]
The Dresden death-roll