David Irving, Holocaust Denial, and his Connections to Right Wing Extremists and Neo-National Socialism (Neo-Nazism) in Germany: Electronic Edition, by Hajo Funke

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3.1 Irving's earlier activities in Germany, 1978 - 1981.

3.1.1.Based on his publishing (particularly his biographies of Hitler and Field Marshall Erwin Rommel) Irving's earlier tours in Germany and Austria had involved such bodies and organisations as banks, bookshops, student fraternities [Burschenschaften], US-Army Corps stationed in Germany, and so on. At the same time Irving became increasingly feted by national-conservative and right-wing individuals and organisations in Germany, some of them RWE.
3.1.2.Foremost was Dr. Gert Sudholt, head of the Druffel Verlag, and his Society for free Communication [Gesellschaft für freie Publizistik - GfP].22 Sudholt was at the time a member of the NPD in Munich and owner of the Druffel Verlag, that in turn   specialised in publishing important NS figures. 23 The GfP had been set up in 1960 by the former Reich deputy-spokesman of the NSDAP, Helmut Sündermann. Although ostensibly a cultural organisation to allow former NS authors an open forum, the GfP vehemently combated what it saw as the 'untrue descriptions of the causes and backgrounds to both world wars and the defamation of German soldiery'.24
3.1.3.Irving also spoke to other organisations with connections to the GfP, such as the 'Collegium Humanum' in Vlotho,25 the 'Deutsches Kulturwerk Europäischen Geistes', 26 the 'Bund Heimattreüer Jügend',27 the 'Verein für Kultur und Zeitgeschichte', and Dietmar Munier of the Arndt-Verlag and his group 'Sturmwind'.28 All these groups and individuals can be counted likewise as right-wing and/or with links to the right-wing extremist circles. Some of them were to remain loyal supporters of Irving in the 1990s.29

Notes

21. Armin Pfahl-Traughber, Rechtsextremismus (Bonn 1995), pp.. 58-61
22. GfP tp Irving, 27 October 1978, thanking him for his speech in Frankfurt and inviting hiom to speak to them again in December in Munich on Rommel; GfP [Dr. Gert Sudholt], 'Einladung....David Irving...Rommel, Speidel und der 20 Juli', for 14 Decembetr 1978, n.d.; Irving to Dr. Gert Sudholt, 25 January 1979; Irving to Dr. Gert Sudholt, 7 February, 1979 suggesting further dates; Dr. Gert Sudholt to Irving, 19 February, 1979;Dr. Gert Sudholt to Irving, 16 May, 1979; Irving to Dr. Gert Sudholt, 28 May, 1978; GfP 'Vortragsreise David irving', October 1979, listing 6 speaking dates.
23. Jens Mecklenburg, Handbuch deutscher Rechtsextremismus (Berlin, 1996), pp. 535-6; Bernd Wagner, Hanbuch Rechtsextremismus: Netzwerke, Parteien, Organisationen, Ideologiezentern, Medien (Hamburg, 1994), p. 165.
24. Kurt Hirsch, Rechts von der Union, Personen, Organisationen, Parteien seit 1945 (Munich 1989), p.257.
25. Prof. Werner G. Haverback to Irving, 15 June 1978 asking him if he would like to speak in Vlotho, after having met Irving at a speech before the GfP in Kassel; Irving, 'Terminplan',n.d.[1979], listing a meeting in the Collegium Humanum for 10 December[1978].
26. Siegfried Lademacher to Irving, 7 February 1979, inviting him to speak in Hagen; Irving, 'D.Irving Tournee' to introduce 'Hitlers Weg zum Krieg' n.d., listed him to speak to the DKEG in Hagen on 20 April 1979
27. Gernot Mörig [Bünd Heimattreuer Jügend-BHJ] to Irving, 6 December 1978, inviting him to speak in Braunschweig after 'your talk with our Mr.[Dietmar]Munier; Gernot Mörig to Irving, 4 September 1979, stating that Irving had agreed in principle at a GfP meeting in Kassel to speak to the BHJ.
28. Dr Dietmar Munier to Irving, 29 November 1978, inviting him to speak in Kiel on 30 November 1978.
29. For instance the Collegium Humanum and the Arndt-Verlag.
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