Copyright 2000 AAP Information Services Pty. Ltd. AAP NEWSFEED February 29, 2000, Tuesday SECTION: Nationwide General News; Australian General News LENGTH: 354 words HEADLINE: fed: Jewish lobby group angered by Darville's Irving story BODY: Darville By Chris Herde BRISBANE, Feb 29 AAP - A Jewish lobby group today accused a magazine of "cheap sensationalism" for commissioning an article by controversial author Helen Darville about Nazi historian David Irving. Darville, who fabricated Ukrainian ancestry as Helen Demidenko for her first award winning novel amid claims that the book was anti-semetic, interviewed Irving for Australian Style magazine. The interview has angered the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council community affairs director Jeremy Jones, who claimed it was a cynical move to increase sales of the magazine which goes on the news stands tomorrow. "It's cheap sensationalism. Helen Darville is notorious as a person who perpetrated a literary fraud with a book that was widely viewed as justifying anti-semitism," Mr Jones told AAP today. "She was then asked by a magazine to go and interview somebody who has a status in the eyes of many far right wingers as an icon. "How is the cause of public information served by the combination of these two personalities." The interview was conducted in London during a libel case against an American academic whom Irving, who has been refused a visa to Australia, is suing for allegedly depicting him as denying the Holocaust and as a "Hitler partisan". However Australian Style editor Jack Marx criticised Mr Jones' stand, claiming there was "no gimmick involved" and he would use Darville for other articles. "It's a totally expected kneejerk reaction by a bunch of people who are pro-censorship," Marx said. "The article is balanced and anyone who reads it will see that she pokes holes through many of Irving's arguments. "She is actually quite knowledgable about the topic." Darville, who now lives in London and was not contactable, won the Miles Franklin award for her book, The Hand That Signed The Paper. A few years ago Darville apologised for claiming Ukrainian ancestry saying she was sorry if her book or actions were perceived as anti-semitic. She said she condemned without reservation the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
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