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Brian Carlson of Massachusetts wants to know, Saturday, June 16, 2007, when Mr Irving will speak at Harvard again.



When will you speak at Harvard again?

JUST a belated note to convey my happiness at your fortunate release from the Austrian gulag, as well as my thanks for the fascinating account of your ordeal that you recently posted.

I was well aware that free speech in much of Europe no longer extends to questioning the official line on World War II, but I had no idea of the extent to which a putatively "free" country such as Austria would stoop to such baldly Stalinist tactics in an effort to silence voices such as yours. Thank God for the courage, dedication and brilliance that your second lawyer [Dr Herbert Schaller] displayed in defending you.

I have read and enjoyed several of your books, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of your Himmler biography.

I also enjoyed hearing you speak and briefly meeting you at Harvard three years ago, and I would appreciate being notified of any future appearances you might schedule for the Boston area when (I hope) you are ready to resume your U.S. speaking tours.

Brian Carlson


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THE first time I spoke at Harvard was in 1977, when The Viking Press published the original edition of "Hitler's War".
   When St Martins Press announced their publication --
later scrapped -- of "Goebbels. Mastermind of the Third Reich" Dr Richard Hunt, Marshal of Harvard until 2002, himself a Goebbels expert, tried to invite me again. A professor called Goldhagen vetoed that invitation; he was the much wiser father of the less wise Daniel Goldhagen.
   Since then I have privately spoken on the Harvard campus three or four times, but the necessarily restricted audience is by special invitation only. Otherwise the
Great White Torturer himself would doubtless intervene.
   If people in the Boston area want to hear me this year, they should mail me now.
   Such is the onward march of free speech in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I recall many years ago reading in the unpublished diaries of Henry Morgenthau Jr., a 1944 conversation in which
President Roosevelt lamented that five percent of the intake at Harvard was already Jewish, and that this was too much already, he wanted the figure reduced to three. Morgenthau sagely nodded agreement. Both knew that this kind of thing was the stuff that Holocausts are made of.
   The overall figure at Harvard is now well over fifty percent I believe. I guess they are just cleverer than us, folks. There can't be any other explanation, can there.
   If you'd like to hear me speak at Harvard later this year, contact me.

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