THIS whinge is a common, indeed comical, strain
throughout all Lipstadt's articles about the trial: shock,
horror, bafflement, and amazement that she is expected to
prove that what she wrote is true.
To an historian this seems so self-evident
that the dismay of Professor Lipstadt seems almost
laughable, and places her firmly beyond the pale of proper
The reasons that Mr Irving commenced the
legal action in England are simple: among others, he is an
English citizen, resident in England; Lipstadt was peddling
her book for profit within the jurisdiction of the English
courts; and the New York Times vs. Sullivan
protection afforded to libellers in the USA would have made
it nonsense to prefer an American venue for the trial --
quite apart from the hostility shown by US law courts to
litigants in person.