London July 26, 1994
To: Letters Editor,
Sir, I see from Frank Devine (The Australian, Jul. 25) that my old antagonist
Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S. professor of international relations (alas, not history), has been allowed to tour Australia promoting the Holocaust.
She denigrates historians who differ as "Holocaust deniers" (an odious phrase that she herself invented), and ladles out libels, left and right: Among other things, she states that I have a portrait of Adolf Hitler above my desk -- a weird and untrue allegation first made by Moscow's Izvestia in 1982 (not that I am suggesting that that is her source).
She and her ilk prefer to continue defaming opponents from a safe distance (in this case, 10,500 miles) while refusing to debate in the traditional manner. I lectured in her home town of Atlanta, Georgia, at the old courthouse, on November 4 last year: challenged to share a debating platform with me, she refused, and fled to Boston, Massachusetts.
I wonder who has paid her surely not modest air fares to, and around, your beautiful country; I suspect it is the gentlemen who have gone to such lengths to keep me out.