THE READER is left with the impression that Lipstadt is
unfamiliar with the Dr Goebbels biography.
In fact from late 1995 she and her Jewish
pals masterminded the eventually successful campaign to
blackmail and bludgeon St
Martin's Press (SMP) into abandoning this project and
violating their contract with Mr Irving, to publish this
book on which he had worked for eight years in the world's
archives, including the KGB archive in Moscow. She herself
had never seen the book: only six copies were in the United
States at that time.
Seven editors at SMP had read and highly
commended it, and it had been selected as Book of the Month
by the Doubleday History Book Club for May 1996.
It was when newspapers (The
Washington Post and others) identified her role that
Mr Irving attached a high priority to issuing proceedings in
law against her.