to an unidentified agency in the United Kingdom, probably the Board of Deputies of British Jews
The Washington DC Office of the Anti-Defamation League can be contacted via e-mail or by telephone at (202) 452 8310
April 17, 1977
IN APRIL 1977 The Viking Press Inc. published David Irving's widely acclaimed biography of Adolf Hitler, Hitler's War. Learning that the publishers had arranged for the author to tour broadcasting and televisions stations in the USA, the enemies of Free Speech resorted to concealed methods designed to deny him a hearing or to neutralise his appearances.
This is a standard method used by the ADL to gag writers with views they dislike. The anonymous memorandum transcribed below is a genuine internal ADL document. Although robbed of its header and signature, it bears the pencil annotation "ADL" and the date 4/17/77 at the top.
On April 18, 1977, David Irving was booked at appear on WTTG TV's programe Panorama, recorded at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington. An ADL agent was in attendance ... and he reported this:-
Irving's publication is a German revisionist historiography expunging Hitler's responsibility for directing the Holocaust. Irving was invited on April 18  to make a presentation and be interviewed on Washington, D.C.'s Channel 5 television show "Panorama", a two-hour daily show, being Washington's most important live telecast and which, because of its location in the Nation's Capital, carries important regional and national implications. As a consequence, I arranged with the show's producer to place on the same show in a debate posture my associate, Randy Koch, which airing took place on April 18, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. A cassette of the show is being sent to you under separate cover for your advice and analysis. In my view Koch and our arguments seemed to me to carry more impact than did Irving's presentation.
1 The reference is to Hitler's War, The Viking Press (New York, 1977).
2 David Irving has never used a nom de plume, nor claimed any identity other than the one he was born with (full name: David John Cawdell Irving.)
He has spent some 20 years of research and writing around the German experience in WW II. His first work was "The Destruction of Dresden" (1963) and he has since then written prolifically as a journalist rather than a scholarly academician. Much of his shorter writing appears in both German and English periodicals such as the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Der Stern and Der Spiegel.
to Jacobs, Irving is extremely thorough in his research and cites in this connection an inordinate amount of time spent by him in the United States going over the German archives reports and time spent in discussions with eniment authorities in the field covering associate matter concerning Irving's writings.