Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2002

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Tuesday, June 4, 2002


David Irving comments:

THIS JOURNALIST seems a bit adrift with the news: "Holocaust revisionist"? I have not written a single book on this boring theme. "Facing eviction?" Removal trucks drove up within two days of our losing the appeal last month, and amid scenes of great drama I lost everything.
   Penguin Books Ltd (Lipstadt's co-defendants) siezed the opportunity, knowing that the London apartment I lived in for 34 years was defended only by Bente and Jessica, and that I was 6,000 miles away speaking in Seattle.
   Their agents grabbed the apartment and everything within it -- my only table, my only desk, all my computer software, etc. The alleged debt to them, which we had unsuccessfully challenged on May 21 in the High Court, was for £150,000.

Irving tries to talk his way out of debt

BANKRUPT and now facing eviction from his Mayfair home, Holocaust revisionist David Irving has come up with a typically controversial plan to clear his debts.

The 64 year-old historian - who owes more than £2 million after the collapse of his libel case against Deborah Lipstadt - is to embark on his first lecture tour of Britain.

The 15-date tour will be similar to those Irving conducts in America, where he hires a restaurant or hotel function room and speaks to paying guests over dinner.

"I feel that freedom of speech is under severe threat at the moment and I think it's important for me to get out and speak to people directly," he says. "I know the interest is there."

Irving's current American tour has been dogged by protests by anti-Nazi activists. He admits his British venture is likely to go the same way.

"I know I will encounter opposition, but that is always the case. In America, generally it has been OK, although there was one nasty incident in Chicago when a group of men wearing balaclavas and carrying baseball bats broke into the restaurant and smashed everything up, leaving me and others nursing bruises." 

 David Irving's speaking fixtures [bookmark!]
 Mark Moran's account of one recent talk
 Lipstadt's publisher wins final round against Irving; home of 34 years is seized

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