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'Holocaust denier' loses appeal bid

BBC, July 20, 2001
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Controversial historian David Irving has been refused permission to appeal against a High Court libel ruling which branded him a "Holocaust denier".

The case centred on US academic Deborah Lipstadt and publishers Penguin Books over the 1994 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and MemoryOff-site Link.

Mr Irving said the book had destroyed his livelihood and generated waves of hatred against him.

The historian was left facing a 2m bill after his defeat in April last year and funded the latest action using contributions from supporters.

Mr Irving was not in court for the announcement, instead said to be busy promoting sales of his new book on Churchill.

At the original trial Mr Justice Gray dubbed Mr Irving "an active Holocaust denier; that he is anti-Semitic and racist and that he associates with right wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism".

Giving his judgment in the case 15 months ago, Mr Justice Gray said that the 63-year-old historian had, for his own ideological reasons, deliberately misrepresented historical evidence and portrayed Hitler in an unwarranted favourable light.

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