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http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/

The (U.K.) Sunday Times

SUNDAY JANUARY 27 2002 Atticus:

David Irving on the march to stop #2m bankruptcy petition
JASPER GERARD

There'll be a last stand in the High Court in March. David Irving, the
historian who feels Hitler was misunderstood, will fight a petition to
declare him bankrupt.

The author of Hitler's War owes Penguin more than #2m for his failed
libel action against the publisher and the author Deborah Lipstadt. 
He was ordered to pay an initial #150,000 within three weeks, with 
Penguin free to push for its entire costs. But seven months on, Irvine 
(sic) has not coughed up.

Penguin's brief, Mark Bateman, confirms: 'We have petitioned for
bankruptcy.' The order was handed to Irving (at the #1m Mayfair pad he
might lose) last Friday.

Irving sued American academic Lipstadt and Penguin, claiming they had
generated hatred against him (at least he now knows what that's like). He

lost. Mr Justice Charles Gray found Irving had falsified history to
exonerate Hitler. Lord Justice Pill later confirmed that Irving 'may be
described as a Holocaust denier'. Irving is in typically robust form,
vowing to fight: 'Penguin has a lot of ground to cover before it sees any
money.'

It hopes to gain rights to his work. Perhaps then it could have a
book-burning session of which even liberals might approve....


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