The International Campaignfor Real History
A thirty-five year Campaign of Terror and Smears

AFTER David Irving published his first book, The Destruction of Dresden, in 1963, a thirty-five year campaign of vilification began against him in the British and foreign press. Latterly, the defamations have taken on almost sub-liminal forms, for example when British and American television showed a feature film, The Young Poisoner's Handbook, which had a curious little detail grafted in, as Mr Irving was immediately warned by an American viewer. He wrote this Letter before Action to the British programme company:-

London, Monday, March 24, 1997
[9:51 am]

Dear Sirs,

For the Immediate Attention of your Legal Department

Sky showings of the movie "The Young Poisoner's Handbook"

During the coming month you will be broadcasting the above named product of what appears to be a joint British-German production company. It purports to be based on a true story. I have been informed (March 3 and 21) by my American attorneys that there is a passage in this movie in which the principal character, an English psychopath and murderer, is shown giving as a Christmas present a book written by me namely THE TRAIL OF THE FOX. The camera clearly shows the title and author.

This book, a widely praised biography of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, was published by the most reputable companies around the world. The production company must have deliberately searched to obtain this book, which has been out of print for many years, particularly in the edition shown. In the context of the movie, this unauthorised portrayal of my book is prima facie libellous under the Defamation Act 1996 and the Broadcasting Act. If your legal department fails to appreciate the innuendoes involved, I urge them to view the movie, and take note particularly inter alia of the content of the "psychopath's" bulletin board.

I request that you fax and mail to me a binding and immediate undertaking either to excise the scene concerned completely, or at very least to place an electronic smudge over the title and jacket of the book THE TRAIL OF THE FOX throughout its appearance, rendering it totally illegible and unrecognisable, during each and every transmission of this movie within the jurisdiction of the British courts, both now and in the future.

If I do not receive this very reasonable undertaking by the close of business tomorrow (Tuesday) evening I shall instruct solicitors to commence injunction and if need be defamation proceedings in the High Court, and I give due notice that I shall claim substantial damages for libel for each and every occasion on which Sky Television Ltd and cable companies broadcast this movie if not amended in the way suggested above. I also reserve my rights to proceed against the production company involved.

You should be aware that I am the object of a concerted global campaign of defamation by various non-governmental agencies; that I won substantial damages from a Sunday newspaper for libel two years ago; and that I am already pursuing very vigorously two libel actions in the High Court, and am undertaking the necessary procedures to commence a third. Please confirm that your Reg. Office is as below.

Yours sincerely,

David Irving


To Sky Television Ltd
Grant Way, Isleworth
Middx. TW7 5QD

by mail and fax to Legal Dept. 705 3254
Sky TV refused to give the necessary undertakings, but when the programme was broadcast in the U.K. on April 2, 1997, the book-title had evidently been smudged slightly to make it less identifiable.

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