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

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    1. Introduction
    1.1 Purpose of this Report
    1.2 Material instructions
    1.3 Author of the Report
    1.4 Curriculum vitae
    1.5 Methods used to draw up this Report
    1.6 Argument and structure of the Report

    2. Irving the historian
    2.1 Publishing career
    2.2 Qualifications
    2.3 Professional historians and archival research
    2.4 Documents and sources
    2.5 Reputation
    2.6 Conclusion

    3. Irving and Holocaust denial
    3.1 Definition of ‘The Holocaust’
    3.2 Holocaust denial
    3.3 The arguments before the court
    (a) Lipstadt’s allegations and Irving’s replies
    (b) The 1977 edition of Hitler’s War
    (c) The 1991 Edition of Hitler’s War
    (d) Irving’s biography of Hermann Göring
    (e) Conclusion
    3.4 Irving and the central tenets of Holocaust denial
    (a) Numbers of Jews killed
    (b) Use of gas chambers
    (c) Systematic nature of the extermination
    (d) Evidence for the Holocaust
    (e) Conclusion
    3.5 Connections with Holocaust deniers
    (a) The Institute for Historical Review
    (b) Other Holocaust deniers
    3.6 Conclusion

    4. Irving’s writings on Hitler
    4.1 Admiration
    4.2 Exculpation
    4.3 Historical method: case-studies
    (a) Irving’s ‘chain of documents’
    (b) Evidence at Hitler’s trial in 1924
    (c) ‘Reichskristallnacht’ November 1938.
    (d) The expulsion of Jews from Berlin, 1941
    (e) The Schlegelberger note
    (f) The Goebbels diary entry of 27 March 1942
    (g) The Himmler minute of 22 September 1942
    (h) The Antonescu/Horthy Meetings with Hitler in April 1943
    (j) Ribbentrop’s testimony at Nuremberg and his evidence from his cell in Nuremberg.

    5. Irving’s use of evidence
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 The Bombing of Dresden in 1945.
    (a) Background
    (b) Irving’s The Destruction of Dresden.
    (c) Misstatement, misrepresentation, misattribution.
    (d) Falsification of statistics.
    (f) Conclusion.
    5.3 The evidence of Hitler’s adjutants
    (a) Background
    (b) Hitler’s entourage and its post-war evidence
    (c) Individuals in the entourage
    (d) Hitler’s decision-making process.
    (e) Conclusion
    5.4 Explaining Nazi Antisemitism
    (a) Introduction
    (b) Jewish criminality in Berlin
    (c) The Boycott of 1 April 1933
    (d) Chaim Weizmann’s alleged ‘declaration of war’ on Germany in 1939>
    (e) The Eichmann memoirs
    (f) The ‘Kaufman plan’.

    6. General Conclusion


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    title: Holocaust Denial on Trial

    Transcribed from the trial documents into HTML by Addison-Wesley, and translated into XML based on the HTML and print editions by the Beck Center staff. An analysis of David Irving’s use of historical sources. Professor Evans tracks David Irving’s footnotes and concludes he does not deserve to be called a historian.

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