Jerusalem Post March 4, 2002 (18:30) British Holocaust denier declared bankrupt By The Associated Press LONDON - Historian David Irving, who questioned the extent of the Holocaust, was declared bankrupt today after failing to pay legal costs to an American professor and her publisher. Irving had sued American academic Deborah Lipstadt and publisher Penguin in April, 2000 over her 1994 book, "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory." Irving said the book destroyed his livelihood and fueled hatred against him. After Irving lost the case, the High Court ordered him to pay Lipstadt's and Penguin's legal costs - estimated at 2 million pounds - including an interim payment of 150,000 pounds. Penguin's lawyers said today it took action after Irving failed to pay. "Our client has been very patient but Irving was clearly not going to meet the interim payment which is a fraction of their total costs," said lawyer Mark Bateman. A bankruptcy order clears the way to seize assets to settle unpaid debts. High Court judge Charles Gray ruled that Irving had "misrepresented and distorted" historical evidence and that he was "anti-Semitic and racist and that he associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism." 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.
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