Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac - Lipstadt's Irving Summary: Irving's Holocaust denial & double standard addressed Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Nizkor Project (CANADA) Keywords: Irving,Leuchter Archive/File: people/l/lipstadt.deborah/citations/david.irving Last-Modified: 1994/01/06 After discussing Fred Leuchter's fall from grace, and providing examples of his abject dismissal as an "expert" from the Zu"ndel trial's transcripts, Lipstadt turns her attention to David Irving, the darling of the denial set: "...it was another major media instititution, London's 'Sunday Times,' that evenually gave the 'Leuchter Report' and its proponents another lease on life. David Irving, who during the Zundel trial declared himself converted by Leuchter's work to Holocaust denial and to the idea that the gas chambers were a myth, described himself as conducting a 'one-man intifada' against the official history of the Holocaust.<105> In his forward to his publication of the 'Leuchter Report,' Irving wrote that there was no doubt as to Leuchter's 'integrity' and 'scrupulous methods.' He made no mention of Leuchter's lack of technical expertise or of the many holes that had been poked in his findings. Most important, Irving wrote, 'Nobody likes to be swindled, still less where considerable sums of money are involved.' Irving identified Israel as the swindler, claiming that West Germany had given it more than ninety billion deutsche marks in voluntary reparations, 'essentially in atonement for `gas chambers of Auschwitz.`' According to Irving the problem was that the latter was a myth that would 'not die easily.'<106> He subsequently set off to promulgate Holocaust denial notions in various countries. Fined for doing so in Germany, in his courtroom appeal against the fine he called on the court to 'fight a battle for the German people and put an end to the blood lie of the Holocaust which has been told against this country for fifty years.' He dismissed the memorial to the dead at Auachwitz as a 'tourist attraction.'<107> He traced the origins of the myth to an 'ingenious plan' of the British Psychological Warfare Executive, which decided in 1942 to spread the propaganda story that Germans were 'using gas chambers' to kill millions of Jews and other 'undesirables.'<108> Branding Irving and Leuchter `Hitler's heirs,` the British House of Commons denounced the former as a 'Nazi propagandist and longtime Hitler apologist' and the latter's report as a 'fascist publication.' One might have assumed that would have marked the end of Irving's reputation in England, but it did not. Condemned in the 'Times' of London in 1989 as a 'man for whom Hitler is something of a hero and almost everything of an innocent and for whom Auschwitz is a Jewish deception,' Irving may have had his reputation revived in 1992 by the London 'Sunday Times.'<110> The paper hired Irving to translate the Goebbels diaries, which had been discovered in a Russian archive and, it was assumed, would shed light on the conduct of the Final Solution. The paper paid Irving a significant sum plus a percentage of the syndication fees.
... Irving is one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial. Familiar with historical evidence, he bends it until it conforms with his ideological leanings and political agenda. A man who is convinced that Britain's great decline was accelerated by its decision to go to war with Germany, he is most facile at taking accurate information and shaping it to conform to his conclusions. A review of his recent book, `Churchill's War,` which appeared in the 'New York Review of Books,' accurately analyzed his practice of applying a double standard to evidence. He demands 'absolute documentary proof' when it comes to proving the Germans guilty, but he relies on highly circumstantial evidence to condemn the Allies. <114> This is an accurate description not only of Irving's tactics, but of those of deniers in general." (Lipstadt, 179-181) Lipstadt's footnotes: <105> Searchlight, August, 1989 <106> David Irving, "Foreword," Auschwitz the End of the Line: The Leuchter Report (London, 1989), p. 6 <107> Times (London), May 11, 1992 <108> Irving, "Foreword," p. 6. <110> Times (London), May 14, 1990 <114> New York Review of Books, June 15, 1989 Work cited Lipstadt, Deborah E. Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. New York: The Free Press (A division of Macmillan, Inc.), 1993. Editor's note: Lipstadt's work is a worthwhile addition to the library of anyone concerned about Holocaust denial. Copies may be ordered from any bookstore, but internet users may wish to avail themselves of the services of the internet bookstore, available from any Gopher site*, or those of the Social Studies School Services. To obtain contact information and pricing for the Social Studies School Services, send a message to LISTSERV@ONEB.ALMANAC.BC.CA and use the commands: GET HOLOCAUST/BIBLIOGRAPHY SSSS.BOOKS-1 GET HOLOCAUST/BIBLIOGRAPHY SSSS.BOOKS-2 GET HOLOCAUST/BIBLIOGRAPHY SSSS.VIDEO-1 GET HOLOCAUST/BIBLIOGRAPHY SSSS.VIDEO-2 * To reach the on-line service, Bookstacks Unlimited, internet users can "telnet books.com" - once you've gone through a brief login procedure, you can search the stacks in a variety of ways, and order books on the spot. I have found this service faster than my local bookstores, which is saying something, since I live in Canada, and I highly recommend it as a primary source for Holocaust-related books. DISCLAIMER: I have no financial or other association with the company, or anyone employed there.
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