Holocaust Denial on Trial, Skeleton Argument of the Claimant (long): Electronic Edition, by Adrian Davies

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Auschwitz

111.All parties treated Auschwitz as the most important issue of all. Irving did not argue at any length what happened in the other camps, treating Auschwitz as a test case, not least because Gray J was most insistent that he should deal with the evidence expeditiously; see, by way of one example amongst many, day 20:--
"Gray J: Mr Irving, I am conscious we are still on page 152. We have about 600 pages to go. It is not a race, but we have to keep an eye on what matters and what does not."
112.See also at 4.12 per Gray J: "Both sides have agreed that I should confine myself to the issues which have been ventilated by one side or the other in cross-examination."
113.See further note 129 in Irving's closing speech, which records an exchange with Van Pelt:--
"Irving: So if I am to concentrate a large part of my investigation in this cross-examination on that one building and, in fact, on Leichenkeller 2, the one arm of the crematorium, this is not entirely unjustified if I am trying to establish that the factories of death did not exist as such?"
"Prof. van Pelt: No. I think that that the obvious building to challenge would be Krematorium II
 
114. It is in the circumstances most unfair of Gray J to say at 13.63 that Irving was disingenuous in suggesting that his reason for not arguing what happened in the other camps was to save the Court's time. All parties effectively agreed that if Irving had established that Auschwitz was not a "factory of death", debate about the lesser camps would have been pointless and time wasting.
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