Friday, July 20, 2001
Irving Denied Appeal
LONDON (AP) - Historian David
Irving, who questioned the extent of the
Holocaust, on Friday lost his bid to challenge an
earlier ruling that branded him an anti-Semitic
racist and an apologist for Hitler. Irving
now faces bankruptcy if he does not quickly pay the
first installment in a legal bill estimated at
close to $3 million.
Three judges at the Court of Appeal ruled that
High Court judge Charles Gray was justified
in labeling Irving a Holocaust denier 15 months
ago. One of the appeal judges, Malcom Pill,
said it was fair to describe Irving as "one of the
most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial."
"Where we have been invited to consider evidence in
detail, it does not in our judgment diminish the
soundness of the judge's conclusions," Pill
Irving was not in court for the decision. His
lawyer said he was away from London, promoting his
book on Winston Churchill. Irving, the author
of books including "Hitler's
War," launched appeal proceedings last month
against a High Court ruling that said he played
down the horrors of the Holocaust.
63-year-old author had sued
American academic Deborah Lipstadt and
publisher Penguin over her 1994 book, "Denying the
Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and
Memory." Irving said the book destroyed his
livelihood and fueled considerable hatred against
Rejecting Irving's suit last year, Gray ruled
that Irving had indeed "misrepresented and
distorted" historical evidence and that he was
"anti-Semitic and racist and that he associates
with right-wing extremists who promote
Gray said Irving had, for his own ideological
reasons, deliberately misrepresented historical
evidence and portrayed Hitler in a favorable light.
Irving's lawyers argued last week that the
historian had never said the killing of Jews was
"in any way excusable."
Davies, acting for Irving, told the judges
that Gray's findings went contrary to the weight
of evidence and that his judgment was wrong and
unjust. Irving, the author of nearly 30 books,
insists he does not deny that Jews were killed
by the Nazis, but challenges the number and
manner of Jewish concentration camp deaths.
He claimed that after publication of Lipstadt's
book, his academic work was increasingly shunned by
publishers and agents. Irving has also been banned
from Germany, Canada and Australia.
The High Court ordered Irving to pay Lipstadt's
and Penguin's legal costs -- estimated at $2.78
million. Irving has funded the appeal with the help
of contributions from supporters, including some in
the United States.
The appeal court ordered Irving to pay $210,000
of the costs immediately. If he does not pay within
21 days, he may face bankruptcy
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