Irving v. Lipstadt

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David Irving's Right Wing Extremism

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David Duke

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29 Oct 1994 Diary: P speaks in North Kenner, New Orleans, and then dines with David Duke, who had been in the audience.
30 Oct 1994 Diary: P dines at Duke's home. 'He gave me a chapter of his draft memoirs to run my eye over; immediately, I seized a pen and began sub editing it, with the result that he wants me to edit everything he's written to now. Several chapters of his quasi Mein Kampf.'
31 Oct 1994 Diary: P works all day editing Duke's memoirs, 'much better than I anticipated. Many insights.'
1 Nov 1994 Diary: P and Duke spend several hours discussing politics, 'An interesting character. His book is a real self appraisal, and deserves success; iof [sic] he can find a publisher and distributor. If he cannot, then of course his strictures on the opposition races become self justifying.'
3 Nov 1994 Diary: P and Duke have lunch.
5 Nov 1994 Diary: P and Duke have two meals together. Both speak at a Liberty Lobby-sponsored radio conference, along with Willis Carto, Tom Valentine and Eustace Mullins. After dinner, P and Duke, along with two of Duke's acquaintances, proceed to a beach disco until 2 am.
15 Nov 1994 Diary: P drafts letter to Ed Novak (P's book agent) recommending Duke's memoirs.
5 Dec 1994 Diary: P speaks to Duke who had received a 'feisty' reply from Ed Novak agreeing to act for him, 'and advising Duke to live a good life for ten or twenty years outside politics in the hope that people will forget Duke was once in the Klan. I suggest that he reply to Novak, tongue in cheek, that he will go one better than leading a mere good life, he'll become a literary agent and lead a holy life. I suggested he now contact Aleta Daley in New York.' P speaks with Duke later, who had been contacted by Aleta Daley; 'His self esteem is restored. I ask about access to his mailing list. He says it is 115,000, of which 45,000 are high grade; however he laughed off my suggestion that we trade the list for my free work on his MS [memoirs]'.
8-13 Dec 1994 P and Duke are regular companions as Duke and girlfriend stay with P in Key West. They dine, talk politics, strategize on fundraising and play tennis.
13 Dec 1994 Diary: 'For one like myself whose interest in the Holocaust is purely self-defensive, it is hard for me to listen politely to his seemingly endless vapourings on the - to me - boring subject; ditto the Jews and Zionism, although these are admittedly topics of the chapters he has been writing while down here.'
23 Dec 1994 Diary: Duke sends P 400 addresses from his mailing list of people who have donated $100 or more to Duke's campaign.
30 Dec 1994 Diary: P works to convert hundreds of names on Duke's list to his computer disk.
6 Jan 1995 Diary: P writes 'got the David Duke list to load with virtually no problem. Hurrah! 404 names and addresses of his best contributors; I weeded out half a dozen duplicates. These are some names I recognise too—I'll have to weed them out first.'
7 Jan 1995 Diary: P comments 'Time to get to work on milking the David Duke list.'
21 Apr 1995 Diary: Duke phones P to check whether "Jim [sic] McVeigh" is on his mailing list.
2-11 May 1995 Diary: P and Duke visit frequently while Duke is staying at Sam Dickson's vacation house.
On 8 May P edits Duke's book chapter on the Holocaust.
1 June 1995 Diary: 'the $2000 cashier's cheque from David Duke came, a loan.'
28 June 1995 Diary: P asks Dickson to repay Duke, with P to repay Dickson in three weeks.
14 Nov 1997 Diary: P edits Dukes memoirs, and later speaks at St. Tammany Parish Hall, at request of Duke.
15 Nov 1997 Diary: P helps Duke with his manuscript, 'Cut out the word Jewish ten or twenty times per page.'
Dec 1997 P's Action Report; 'I have spent a couple of days in Louisiana, where the local Republican Party chaired by the well known, indeed notorious, David Duke has invited me to speak. I take the opportunity to read some of his draft memoirs, which in my view need editing—for "political correctness" as much as for anything else!' (p.30)