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In 1993 American scholar Deborah Lipstadt published Denying the Holocaust, product of a research contract funded by an Israeli agency.

British writer David Irving claims that it libels him.


Witness Statement of Tat'yana Aleksandrovna Vasil'yeva

I, Tat'yana Aleksandrovna Vasil'yeva, working at the address 3, Vyborgskaya ulitsa, Moscow 125212, hereby declare the following.

1. I am currently the Head of the Department for Ensuring the Safekeeping of Documents Preserved at the Centre for the Preservation of Collections of Historical Documents situated in Moscow (hereinafter referred to as the "Centre"). I have worked at the Centre since August, 1970.

2. At the beginning of July, 1992, I was standing in for one of my colleagues and was working in the reading room of the Centre. Irving was working in the reading room of the Centre at that time. Following the instructions of the Director of the Centre, V. N. Bondaryev, I requested Mr Irving to write a memorandum to my Director indicating whether Mr Irving had in his possession original documents from or microfiche copies of material belonging to the diaries of J. Goebbels, Mr Irving wrote such a memorandum on 3 July, 1992. This memorandum was passed on to the Director of the Centre V. N. Bondaryev.

3. The documents of the centre include an order requesting the issue of material dated 09 June, 1992, bearing numbers of material from archive 500: "Chief Administration of State Security of Germany, Berlin", which was issued to Mr Peter Millar (representative of the British press) for the purposes of study.

4. The contents of this document are accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief.



DATE: 16.12.1998


Centre for the Preservation of Collections of Historical Documents

We have only the best recollections of Mrs Tatyana Vasilyeva. For the purposes of this action Mr Irving would welcome informed opinions on her from others who worked in these archives.