Tuesday 25th April 2000
Don't Deny Irving
Mr. Rosenbaum's history lesson ('The First Holocaust Denier," April 13) was a masterpiece of one-sided coverage. Undoubtedly the result of the case, David Irving v. Deborah Lipstadt was a good one for the publisher, "Penguin," and its American author. For British justice, it was a black day.
In the future, every author who has the courage to write about historical events as they really were, and not as the political powers would like us to believe they were, must risk being called a racialist and Neo-Nazi by a British court of law. The truth remains just another victim in the battle of capitalism against democracy.
Those who can afford the best lawyers have the greatest chance to obtain a positive judicial decision. The equality of rights remains a dream.
Soldiers who lost their lives fighting for a free democratic Europe must turn in their graves upon seeing what we have done with the freedom they gave us. Did they fight for the freedom to stop others telling the truth? When authors must be afraid of being called liars and anti-Semites -- when they point out that the official history hooks have been written for the sake of political propaganda and contain many discrepancies -- can we talk of freedom? From a historical point of view, Mr Irving's opinion is irrelevant. Not so, however, the facts he has brought to light.
For far too long, the average historian has allowed himself to be politically pressured into publishing work that is acceptable to the powers that be. In a free democratic land, as Britain claims to be, it must be our duty to ask why so many governments and institutions around the world have such an antipathy towards the historical truth.
April 25, 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!]