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I shall without further notice issue a Claim in Defamation against yourself.

David Irving

Windsor, Monday, November 24, 2003

Legal Department
The Independent
Independent House,
191 Marsh Wall,
E14 9RS

Dear Sir,

The purpose of this letter: This letter puts you on notice that if you should again publicize any statement carrying the defamatory and now demonstrably untrue meaning, whether implicit or explicit, that I am "an active Holocaust denier", or any variations on that phrase carrying the same purport, then I shall without further notice issue a Claim in Defamation against yourself, and I shall produce this letter at the hearing of the action as evidence that you published the said libel in the face of such a written warning in support of a possible claim for aggravated damages.

I refer you to your clearly malicious statement in today's issue, also online:

"The issue at stake was whether an invitation to the Holocaust-denying historian David Irving … should be withdrawn."

Argument: I refer you to the many statements I have made in public which are a matter of record and will destroy any pleaded defence of justification. These include but are not limited to my biographies of Dr Joseph Goebbels (1996) and of Hitler (1977, 1991, and 2002), where I describe in detail the mass shootings of Jews and others behind the eastern front.

My statements in both the Lipstadt trial (2000) and the Vienna trial (2005) left no doubt that I believe (accepting that the Höfle document and Korherr report are authentic and not forgeries) the Nazis and their accomplices murdered 2.4 million Jews in the "Reinhardt" camps along the Bug River (Treblinka, Belzec, and Sobibor); minor question arise over Auschwitz, but Holocaust historians have also asked them.

I have demonstrably stated so in public since 1991 (my discovery of the Adolf Eichmann files), 1992 (my discovery of the Hans Aumeier manuscripts and subsequently the full exploitation of the CSDIC files): you will find these statements throughout my website (go to and repeated in my interview with The Guardian newspaper published on September 29, which you can read most easily at, and repeated in The Forward, the foremost US Jewish newspaper.

The published diaries of my recent visits to these death camps will destroy any doubts you (and a jury) might still entertain.

You should not make the mistake of confusing Liberty with License. The malice implicit in your remarks will destroy any defence of qualified privilege.

Notice: Should you recklessly and maliciously repeat the libel as defined in the first paragraph to this letter -- as you may feel tempted to do now -- I reserve the right, subject to the provisions of the Pre-action Protocol for Defamation, to issue and serve a Claim in Defamation without further notice.

Yours faithfully

David Irving

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