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'Holocaust denier' vows to fight on
BBC, July 21, 2001
Controversial historian David Irving has vowed to continue his legal battle to restore his reputation.
On Friday the 63-year-old was refused permission to appeal against a High Court libel ruling which branded him a "Holocaust denier".
Irving faces a £2m legal bill after last year losing his libel case against historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books over her book, Denying the Holocaust.
But he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday that he would continue with a separate libel case against Guardian Newspapers and writer Gitta Sereny, biographer of Hitler's architect Albert Speer.
Following Friday's ruling Mr Irving has 21 days to pay the first £150,000 of legal costs.
He refused to discuss on the Today programme whether this decision would mean his bankruptcy, but told the BBC that he was already "£250,000 out of pocket".
"Fortunately I have a worldwide circle of many thousands of supporters, mostly in the USA, who have given me five and ten dollar bills to fight this action."
Ms Lipstadt had described Mr Irving as a "Hitler partisan" who had distorted history and as "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial."
Mr Justice Gray ruled in a trial in April that Mr Irving was anti-Semitic, a racist and an "active" Holocaust denier.
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