Unless correspondents ask us not to, this Website will post selected letters that it receives and invite open debate.
"I'M confused," A-level scholar Susan Toft of the UK heads her letter of Saturday, April 10, 1999:
Dear Mr. Irving:
I AM sorry to bother you but I am very confused. I having been reading a lot on the subject of The Final Solution and your name has cropped up many times especislly on the Internet.
They call you a holocaust denier. However, I have read some of your books (they are extremely good by the way) and I don't think you ever deny the holocaust. My favourite book of yours is the GOEBBELS. MASTERMIND OF THE THIRD REICH one.
Could you just clarify if you are or not a holocaust denier, because I have read some strange stuff on the Internet about you that strongly contrasts with your work.
Thankyou very much for your help. Please try to reply, because if you do I can mention this in my A-Level history coursework and do a few pages about you.
As you may be aware I am conducting litigation in the UK against Deborah Lipstadt, which has two consequences:-
(a) my time is under the most severe pressure! (b) I have to be aware that my Website is under closest scrutiny by the enemies of free speech for the purpose of blackening my name when the trial begins
Normally, I provide the fullest answers to questions, and I hope you will bear with me until this particular ordeal is over. . .
However I can point you to a few spots on my Website which will provide you with food for thought.
First, go to my dossier on Auschwitz: you'll find I answer one correspondent briefly [on this subject]; and also read my letter to Professor Robert van Pelt and the Bruns interrogation reports which are pure gold (i.e , unadulterated source material).
When you've done all that, phone me to ask any questions (you might wish to ask your teacher's permission first). All the best with your A-levels ... and thank you for having an inquiring mind. One tip: give both sides of the argument, not just one.