Arthur Welles, of England, inquires, Thursday, September 8, 2005, whether a David Irving biography is planned
A David Irving autobiography?
I've followed your career with great interest for a long while, inter alia by reading your online diary.
My question is; as a biographer of people such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, et al., have you ever considered writing an autobiography? I feel certain that it would be of immense interest to the general public.
David Irving replies:
7:35 am Only last night I was discussing with a BBC producer a film they are to make of my life, in a well- known series, "The Real ..."
Yes, I have been writing memoirs ... since 1949. I began writing chapters at school, on a 19th century Remington typewriter whose carriage one had to lift up to see what had been typed, and I continued sporadically throughout the next fifty years, tucking each chapter into a Ryman's file box marked "memoirs".
After Macmillan Ltd's senior editor Adam Sisman indicated that they would like to publish such a book, in 1987 I began dictating sections too, which a secretary -- the multi-talented Susanna Scott-Gall -- typed up.
In May 2002, while I was speaking in Seattle, the British Government trustee seized my documentary, audio, and microfilm archives and research library, among them the manuscripts of four unpublished books, and these manuscripts have all been destroyed. Alas, the memoirs file was destroyed too.
I am currently pursuing the Trustees -- Christopher Craig and Louise Brittain -- in the High Court in London for damages for these infractions: conversion of property, and wrongful seizure of my research tools -- a clear violation of the law as determined in Christopher Craig vs. Jonathan Aitken. (Aitken won, Craig lost). Yes, the selfsame Craig, so he cannot now plead ignorantia juris (even if the High Court had not banned the use of Latin a few years back).