added by this website: Jessica arrives home in her
London, December 15, 1993
are down for baby IrvingMaev Kennedy
CONTROVERSIAL is too milksop a
word for revisionist historian David Irving.
He has just had two joyful deliveries, of a new
computer, Macintosh, and a new daughter,
Jessica. He is enthralled by both.
"I wanted to call her Jessica Macintosh," he
said yesterday, seated at the computer, writing "a
savage letter" to a German reviewer who described
him as a fascist. "He obviously didn't realise I
have agents everywhere who send me cuttings. He
then wrote an even nastier letter about me to a
reader. I'm just reminding him of what a friend, a
Jewish friend [it was
David Kahn] actually, once said to
me: never write anything in a letter you wouldn't
be happy to hear read out in open court"
Tho savaged journalist may, in a few years'
time, expect to be invited to a party. The arrival
of Jessica, 30 years after his eldest child, is to
be celebrated by a little party at Mr Irving's
Mayfair home. Among those invited is the freelance
journalist, Robert Silver, Mr Silver was
distinctly startled. His last encounter with Mr
Irving was a ferocious profile and review he wrote,
six years ago, for the Evening Standard.
Mr Irving responded with a letter to the paper,
saying Mr Silver seemed to be very conscious of his
own Jewishness, Mr Irving said yesterday he
respects his journalistic standards. "I never bear
grudges," he added. "I have been known to do this
sort of thing in the past." Mr Silver was rather
less forgiving: "I don't accept drinks from
writes: I will explain to readers later the
reason for the belated posting of this piece of