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David Irving, Hitler and Holocaust Denial: Electronic Edition, by Richard J. Evans

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(C) Invention, fabricatio... >>

(A) Hiding key statements in footnotes

1.In the 1977 edition of Hitler's War, Irving starts off by hiding away in a footnote Ribbentrop's statement that all Jews had to be either 'annihilated or taken to concentration camps'. Irving resorts to the same tactic in his 1991 edition of Hitler's War.12 One might think, of course, that putting this statement in a footnote is no great crime against honest scholarship in itself - after all, it is still there in the book for everyone to read. But everyone, of course, does not read footnotes, and placing it there allows Irving to marginalise it almost out of existence.


12. Irving, Hitler's War(1977), p. 872; Irving Hitler's War (1991), p. 541-2. Irving translates Vernichtet as 'destroyed'.
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