To: Letters Editor The Plain Dealer , Please Publish This Cleveland Ohio USA (three pages including this) 410 752 6049 fax
London, October 17, 1997
I read Hans Knight's article, "The hit and miss of Hitler's biographers" (Oct. 14?)
It seems that after twenty-five years nursing a poisonous grudge, John Lukács has at last found a chance to vent his spleen against me (the "British, indefatigably Führer-friendly" historian "who all but absolves Hitler of responsibility for the Holocaust.")
"Lukács' deft puncturing of Irving's special pleadings is as delightful as it is devastating," according to Knight; Lukács also faults my friend John Toland. What a pity readers cannot see the oily letter which Lukács wrote to Toland on March 21, 1972 (it is in the FDR Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.), bewailing the fact that no publisher will touch his own planned magnum opus on Hitler because The Viking Press is under contract to publish mine. The sour grapes have not ripened any over the twenty-five years since then, it seems.
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