Irving v. Lipstadt

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Holocaust Denial on Trial, Trial Transcripts, Day 32: Electronic Edition

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    Lower down the next paragraph: Secretly, on
 1heard greatly admiring words from Professor Funke in the
 2witness box; this English board urged that they take steps
 3to stop me, a British citizen like no doubt the members of
 4the Board, from entering Germany.
 5     Germany is a country on whose publishers and
 6archives I have been heavily dependent, as this Court is
 7aware. We have only the BfV's reply, dated August 9th
 81991, to the Board of deputies. I retrieved a copy of
 9this letter. If your Lordship is wondering how I come
10into possession of documents like that, I retrieved a copy
11of this letter from the files of the Prime Minister of
12Australia; so the same Board in London had evidently also
13sent its dossiers to its collaborators in Canberra and, no
14doubt, other countries, in its efforts to gag me
15worldwide. That is an indication of the worldwide
16networking that went on, this secret common enterprise, of
17which the Second Defendant is a party, to destroy my
18legitimacy as an historian and to deprive me of free
19speech, of which the Defendants have made themselves the
20willing executioners.
21     As is evident from a letter from the Austrian
22Ambassador dated June 22nd 1992, the Board also applied
23pressure on that country to ensure that I did not enter,
24or that if I did I would be arrested. The same kind of
25thing happened in Argentina.
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 1December 6th 1991, an Internal Office Memo from
 2Macmillan's files -- my own publisher in London -- records
 3that "quite a number of people" had commented unfavourably
 4to Macmillan's about them publishing my books, and one
 5person, who was an unnamed Professor of Politics at
 6Oxford, who had evidently learned nothing from the book
 7burning episodes of Nazi Germany, stated "that they would
 8be more inclined to publish with us [Macmillan] if we were
 9not publishing Irving". (The Oxford professor of politics
10was probably, in my view, Professor Peter Pulzer,
11identified by Professor Lipstadt in her books as such and
12quoted by The Independent at the time).
13     This campaign had been coordinated. In some of
14its members, it seems that the illiberal spirit of
15Dr Goebbels lived on behind the Board of Deputies'
16facade. Meeting behind locked doors at their headquarters
17in December 1991, December 12, a body identified as the
18"Education and Academic Committee of the Holocaust
19Educational Trust, registered as a charitable body, held a
20conference, including point 6:
21     "David Irving: Concern was voiced over the
22publication of the second edition of Hitler's War". This
23is 1991, 14 years after the first edition. "There was
24debate over how to approach Macmillan publishers over
25Goebbels Diary". That was the other book they were going
26to publish of mine. "It was agreed to await new[s] from

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 1Jeremy Coleman before deciding what action to take."
 2     We know more of this meeting from the statement
 3to this Court by my witness Dr John Fox, who was present
 4at this cabal in his capacity as editor of The British
 5Journal of Holocaust Education. He testifies as follows:
 6     "As an independently-minded historian, I was
 7affronted by the suggestion concerning Mr David Irving
 8[...] At a certain point in the meeting, attention turned"
 9-- do you wish to suggest I move on?
10 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     No. I am reading around what you are reading
11out to me.
12 MR IRVING:     Yes. "At certain point in the meeting, attention
13turned to the subject of Mr Irving and reports that the
14publishing company of Macmillan would be publishing his
15biography of Goebbels. Mr Ben Helfgott ... turned to me,
16the only non-Jew present at the meeting, and suggested
17that 'John'", John Fox, "'could approach Macmillan to get
18them to stop publication'. I refused point-blank to accede
19to that suggestion, arguing that in a democracy such as
20ours one simply could not do such a thing. That amounted
21to censorship ...
22     Nevertheless, as the Committee minutes make
23plain, it was planned by some to consider further action
24about how best to scupper Mr Irving's publishing plans
25with Macmillan".
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 1once. My editor at Macmillan's, Roland Philipps, noted in
 2an internal memorandum of January 2nd 1992 that they
 3should reassure prospective authors that they had turned
 4down many other book proposals from me, and had no plans
 5to continue publishing me after Goebbels. It was not the
 6bravest of postures to adopt, you might think. The
 7memorandum continues: "If this helps you to reassure any
 8prospective authors we are happy for you to say it
 9(although not too publicly if possible)". The desire of
10Macmillan's to stab in the back, for this stab in the back
11to be secret from their own highly successful author,
12myself, is understandable. In fact, their ultimate stab
13in the back was to come in the summer of 1992.
14     In May 1992, meanwhile, we find Deborah Lipstadt
15providing a list of her personal targets, victims,
16including now myself to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
17in Washington; she advised the Museum to contact Gail Gans
18at the Research Department of the ADL (about whom we have
19heard) in New York City for additional names, and to "tell
20her I told you to call her". This establishes that the
21Defendants consider that that museum, which is a US
22taxpayer-funded body, was actively participating in their
23network, and the museum duly provided press clippings from
24London newspapers relating to me, which have now turned up
25in the Defendants' files.
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 1continued. I mention a second arm of this attack. Since
 2my own imprint, my own publishing imprint, which I had set
 3up myself some years earlier, would not be intimidated as
 4easily as Macmillan's, or indeed at all, the hostile
 5groups applied pressure to major bookselling chains
 6throughout Britain to burn or destroy my books and in
 7particular the new edition of Hitler's War. Some of the
 8press clippings reporting this nasty campaign are in my
 9discovery. They include reports of a sustained campaign
10of window smashing of the branches of Waterstone's
11bookstores in the biggest Midlands cities, after
12complaints were made by local groups.
13     Waterstones informed one Newcastle newspaper
14that they were taking books off public shelves "following
15a number of vandal attacks on book stores across the
16country". The Nottingham Waterstones took the book off
17display after a brick was thrown through its window. The
18campaign clearly coordinated from London. None of this
19was reported in the national press, but one would have
20thought that these groups would have recognized the bad
21karma in any campaign of smashing windows or burning
22books.
23     I wrote privately to Tim Waterstone, the head at
24that time of Waterstones, guaranteeing to indemnify his
25chain for their costs of any uninsured claims. But he
26refused to be intimidated by the campaign and, my Lord,

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