Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, August 6,
to give Irving the distinction of a ban
Irving has sacrificed his academic credentials
and personal fortune on a dubious altar, says
The Daily News.]
HE IS the ultimate Holocaust
denier, the darling of the Nazi apologists and
revivalists, and the post-modern historian who has
made a career out of trawling for perverse opinions
and wayward snippets of history that might be
creatively stitched together as evidence that
Adolf Hitler's mad quest to exterminate
Jews, among other non-Aryan minority groups, did
THE SUITES of data which the New
Zealand Jewish community are handing out
around the newspapers are getting a bit
frayed at the edges, a bit threadbare, and
perhaps they need sometime to go back to
the cleaners, or dump the whole shabby
suit entirely and buy a new wardrobe.
Here are just a few
corrections to clean the dirty
grease-spots off the article on the
Holocaust denier: I never wrote one
book or article or broadcast on the
subject. It is boring. Yet as a recent
correspondent pointed out, newspapers seem
to think that HD are my real first
Stitching snippets together. My last
two books were over 1,200 pages each. Some
Hitler's mad quest. The doctors who
treated him all confirmed to Allied
interrogators that he was not "mad" --
certainly no madder than Mr Bloodthirsty
Bush or Mr Sanctimonious Blair. And even
Prof Christopher Browning --
Lipstadt's own chosen expert -- has now
published a book agreeing with my finding
that there is no "smoking gun" linking
Adolf with the Holocaust.
Four libel defeats: two in 50 years
actually - the PQ17
action in 1970 (defendant), and the
Trial in 2000 (plaintiff); how many
libel defeats has The Daily Press
had, or the London Times for that
matter,. More than two in fifty years,
Banned from the German State archives:
No such reason was given -- only that it
was "im Interesse des Deutschen Volkes".
They have however retained the important
archival collections I donated to them,
and refused to return them!
Florida based: My permanent home and
legal residence is in Central London, but
I have a "battle HQ" in Florida, for
logistics reasons, where I work many
months of the year.
Deported from Australia: Never. Twice
visited, and toured without problem.
Sad and frantic: You wish. Here's a
picture of me, all sad and frantic, two
Race hatred: Well, without spelling it
out, we know which race does the most
hating right now.
... NZ, where his books are available
anyway: I will give US$1,000 to any
New Zealander who can walk into his local
high-street book- store and find one new
book by me. Guess who's behind that
Aug 3, 2004 Jerusalem Post: Israel
Government applauds Irving ban
At least, not in the realm of the six million
such deaths accepted by
everyone else. After four libel action
defeats -- the most serious costing him about $NZ6
million (an interesting tally) -- Mr Irving has
placed himself so far outside the intellectual and
academic mainstream as to look just a little bit
Clearly, if he cannot win scholarly and literary
respect, he will settle for notoriety. Even in
Germany, where there might linger a few old
diehards from the Third Reich, and skinheads from
the Fourth of their dreams, Mr Irving has been
banned from the State's official archives for his
persistent and acrobatic misrepresentation of
records to fit into his own skewed ideologies.
That country and France have made Holocaust
denial a criminal offence. Commercial publishers
there will not touch him, although he still manages
to find and fund printers who will.
That is perhaps no bad thing. A free press and
individual freedom of expression are seen as key
elements in open, liberal societies.
Ironically, they are rights that were won at the
cost of those six million lives, and 10 times as
many more during the total carnage of World War
It is not a right that would be readily provided
had Mr Irving's favourite dictator won.
He is nothing if not
stubborn. He simply refuses to accept the scale
of his judicial and academic defeats, and has
curiously graduated through them all to become
something of an oddball circus act.
He wants to come to New Zealand for a speaking
engagement -- at the National Press Club in
Wellington -- but the Government says the
Florida-based Briton will not get the automatic
entry of similar nationalities.
He will have to apply for an exemption to the
disqualification triggered by his being deported
from another country (Canada and Australia).
Mr Irving says he is coming in mid-September,
visa or not, and New Zealand will have to cope with
the international glare of his rejection.
He is probably not worth the resultant publicity
he will win and relish, nor the unfair impression
of intellectual timidity that this country will
earn -- where his books are available anyway.
Ignored, he would wither as the rather sad and
frantic figure that he has become. And if he feels
the need to step outside his normal rant, there are
laws to deal with incitement to racial hatred.
[Write to the NZ Herald's
attempts by New Zealand Jews to stop David
Irving's 2004 visit
Answers to frequently asked questions about Mr
Jewish organisation drafted a secret plan to
"destroy David Irving's legitimacy" | "Don't let
this fall into the wrong
from the Lipstadt trial]