David Irving[Photo by Michael Hentz, for The
New York Times]
Letter to the History Society
London, October 19, 1983
A few lines about my talk to the History Society on November
Perhaps you could telephone
me to confirm details shortly? I had a very successful (and
lively) meeting with the Reading University history society
In fact about 500 people
packed into their Palmer hall to hear my talk on the great
fakes of historiography.
Of course, I am just as
happy to speak to five as 500.
But I thought I ought to
warn you that there is evidence of an orchestrated campaign
to prevent me speaking, and to overrule the right of
societies like yours to invite whomsoever you wish.
So you must not be
surprised to find, as November 2nd draws near, pressure
mysteriously mounting to have the meeting cancelled.
One of the techniques they
use is to call a last-minute meeting of the Union and put up
a resolution instructing you to cancel your invitation to
me, at penalty of being disaffiliated.
They leave this until the
last minute so that you will not have time to obtain the
answers to the untrue allegations which they make.
Forewarned is forearmed!
You should know now, well in advance of this tactic, that I
am not a member of any political group and that any smears
about "racism and fascism" are untrue and defamatory.
I have been a professional
author for twenty years and have written fifteen books, all
for reputable publishers.
My last major book,
"Uprising", about the Hungarian revolution of 1956, involved
research in Moscow and other Iron Curtain capitals; if I am
good enough for the Russians, I think I am good enough for
the National Union of Students! Let's hope you need none of
this information: but if you should need more, please give
me a call so that I can brief