London, April 16, 2000
Serious Money (Page 16)
Will Barclays help Nazi apologist?
IT IS becoming fashionable again to boycott Barclays Bank in the wake of the rural branch closures fiasco. MPs have demanded it and seething account holders appear to be voting with their feet.
But will the bank in turn boycott one of its more, er, high profile customers?
Lucre has learned that revisionist historian David Irving -- now officially tagged as a Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and Nazi apologist -- enjoys a civilised personal banking agreement with ... the Big Bank.
According to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the man who dismisses the gas chambers at Auschwitz as an invention of pro-semitic activists runs a number of accounts with Barclays, along with other US-based banking arrangements.
But having run up a failed libel case debt in the region of £2 million, will Irving be able to count on the internationally minded Big Bank to extend him a generous overdraft facility?
Or will it want to claw back a vestige of credibility and cease doing business with a man regarded by many as a Third Reich sympathiser masquerading as a respectable academic?
A "statement" duly rumbles out of the fax machine. "Barclays places great importance on maintaining the confidentiality of its customer details. As such we are not in a position to comment."
Readers will perhaps make up their own minds.
London, Sunday 16th April 2000
Website fact: The stamina of the defence team was aided by a six million dollar fund provided by Stephen Spielberg, Edgar J Bronfman, and the American Jewish Committee, which enabled them to pay 21 lawyers and "experts"; the experts like Evans, Longerich were paid up to £109,000 each to testify as they did (while the defence's star legal team was paid considerably more). Nobody was paying for Mr Irving, who has been fighting this battle for three whole years. Nobody was paying for Mr Irving, who has been fighting this battle for three whole years. Nor did he pay his defence witnesses one cent or sous: they testified from conviction, not for reward. [Help!]