British historian and holocaust denier.
DAVID IRVING'S reputation as an historian was demolished yesterday when his High Court libel case ended with him branded an anti-Semitic, racist Holocaust denier and pro-Nazi polemicist. ''Irving has for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence,'' Mr Justice Gray said at the end of the 32-day hearing. ''For the same reasons, he has portrayed Hitler in an unwarrantedly favourable light, principally in relation to his attitude towards and responsibility for the treatment of the Jews''. And while the judge said it was not his function to express a view of what happened during the Nazi era, his verdict will set a benchmark for historians of the period and Mr Irving faces a future as an academic pariah.
Racist who twisted the truth, The Times (England), Apr. 12, 2000
At one time Mr. Irving also claimed Anne Frank's diary was a forgery, but has been forced to withdraw that lie. He is suing American critic Deborah Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Georgia, for libel:
In her book, "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory," Lipstadt accuses Irving of skewing documents and misrepresenting data. The book quotes analysts who describe his work as "closer to theology or mythology than to history." As a British citizen, Irving can take advantage of British libel law, which places much of the burden on Lipstadt to prove her book did not libel the historian. Irving says his lawsuit will prove Lipstadt's book is part of an international Jewish campaign to discredit him.
Danger in Denying Holocaust? Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 2000
And Otto Frank once took Irving's publisher to court for what Irving wrote about his [daughter] Anne Frank, the Dutch-Jewish girl who died in a concentration camp. (on camera): Did you say that the Anne Frank diary was a forgery? IRVING: Guilty. GLASS: Is it a forgery? IRVING: No.
Transcript, Holocaust on Trial, CNN/TIME, Jan. 16, 2000
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David Irving and the ADL (Contra) Examples of Mr. Irving's paranoia regarding the ADL
David Irving and the Diary of Anne Frank (Contra) On Mr. Irving's false claim, since retracted, that the diary was a forgery.
Who is David Irving? (Contra) Notes regarding a pamplet published by the Holocaust History Project. "David Irving has been unable to find any errors in this pamphlet. He has a webpage reprinting the pamphlet, but he has had no rebuttal except to add nine links to elsewhere on his site."
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(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database) The Guardian Special Report British newspaper reports on the trial
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Focal Point David Irving's official site. (Caution: hate site).
Holocaust History Project The real history. "The Holocaust History Project is a free archive of documents, photographs, recordings, and essays regarding the Holocaust, including direct refutation of Holocaust denial."
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