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Brian G. Hillman wags a gnarled old finger at Mr Irving, Saturday, January 22, 2005
Denying the cemetery culprits
We reported on Jan 20, 2005 on the Jewish gravestone desecrated at Aldershot, Hampshire (UK), ("and so close to Global Holocaust Day"). We commented: Aldershot has a population of 90,987, one-tenth of one percent of which are Jewish (one-fifth of the UK national average). Not the kind of place, you might think, you would expect to find a Jewish grave, let alone know where to look . . . unless of course, you were Jewish
ALDERSHOT Town cemetery is in Redan Road Aldershot. The Jewish Cemetery is a section of the Town Cemetery. It is the resting place of British soldiers of the Jewish religion.
So yes, everyone in Aldershot does know where it is. They are also concerned that a similar incident took place in November 2004.
(You omit to mention that you fled to Germany to escape National Service. I expect your father was proud of you.)
You need to explain why your painstaking research into population size, Jewish Community statistics, etc., did not include the above fact. Or did you know all the time?
Did you fear that this vital fact might rubbish your silly conspiracy theory?
David Irving responds:
I HAVE received many messages about this latest seemingly phony act of desecration at Aldershot. I also have my readers to thank for their selfless research into the town's population statistics. From all the noise that they make, I would never otherwise have guessed that Mr Hillman's ilk make up only one-tenth of one percent of the town's population.
At least three of my readers have pointed out that all the swastikas shown in photographs of the (one) defaced tombstone were correctly orientated, and the SS runes as well. Yer average skinhead doesn't pay that much attention to such details, in our experience.
I might also add that although I offered a ten-thousand dollar reward (publicised throughout the New Zealand media, underwritten by a well wisher in California) in September 2004 there have been no arrests or convictions for the well-timed and globally publicised acts against the two equally obscure Jewish cemeteries in Auckland (the nationwide Jewish percentage is exactly the same as in Aldershot, one-tenth of one percent, or one in a thousand).
AS for our above correspondent's passing allegation about dodging National Service: I come from a Service family. My father fought in both world wars, was present at the 1916 Battle of Jutland and did convoy duty with the Royal Naval Reserve to North Russia in 1942. My older brother served in the RAF, retiring as Wing Commander; the other brother, my twin, was invalided out as a flight lieutenant. I alone went to university. On leaving Imperial College in 1956, my draft deferment would be automatically cancelled, and I at once volunteered for a three-year short-service commission in the RAF.
I signed on at the RAF's Holborn recruiting office, and took their medical tests and examinations in Russian, etc (because I would have joined their Russian language course at Cambridge and gone on no doubt to RAF Akrotiri or elsewhere); I don't mind adding -- since our above correspondent makes his sneer -- that the officers at Holborn told me I had scored the highest marks in their IQ tests since they started recruiting. Maybe they tell that to everybody, even the Hillmans of this world (Hillmen?)
I was baffled to receive a letter rejecting me as medically unfit for military service. It confirmed of course that I had volunteered. The letters were all in my files seized by the government Trustee along with all my other personal possessions in May 2002, and which I hope to recover by High Court action.
Deflated by the experience, I signed on with Thyssen as a Ruhr steelworker instead, a pretty tough job, where incidentally the initiation rituals involved a two-day medical exam for their health insurance, through which I apparently sailed quite easily. Make of this what you will; it does not quite earn Mr Hillman's sneer, or match the record of recent US presidents for dodging the draft.