Publications, 81 Duke Street, London W1M 5DJ. tel.
[+44] 171 499 9409, fax 409 7048
Dear Mr Whine,
London, Wednesday, March 18,1998
We have corresponded in the past, and the causes of
this correspondence are becoming increasingly distasteful.
In the course of my legal action against Deborah Lipstadt,
whom your Board has been assisting, I have reviewed for the
first time a number of documents including a Press Release
which you issued on January 14, 1993. This reads:
PROPAGANDIST IRVING HAS FINE TREBLED
The Nazi propagandist,
David Irving, was yesterday fined 30,000 Deutschmarks
(£12,000) by a court in Munich, Germany. The
sentence was a dismissal of his appeal against an earlier
fine of 10,000 Deutschmarks, imposed for denying the
Holocaust at a neo-Nazi youth training camp in Munich, in
The Board of Deputies of British Jews notes the trebling
of Irving' fine as indicative of legal authorities'
growing recognition that denial of the Holocaust is a
moral obscenity, designed to further the evils of Nazism
and racial hatred.
In Germany and Austria, Irving is a hero to ageing Nazis
and mobs of sieg-heiling youths. In North America, he is
feted by Ku Klux Klan leaders, and other notorious white
supremacists. He was recently barred from Canada, and
refused re-entry to the USA, where he planned to address
Far Right extremists on the Holocaust. His proposed
visits in early 1993 to South Mrica and Australia have
rightly outraged civil rights campaigners and the Jewish
communities in those countries.
I am enjoined from using a document obtained under RSC
0.24 in any other litigation until it is in the public
domain. This document is however not only grossly offensive,
but it is untrue, defamatory, and consequently libellous in
several of its statements, which were unprovoked by any
statement or action on my own part. Should it become
necessary to commence proceedings for defamation against
your Board in future I shall produce this and all other
such publications as evidence of a reckless ongoing
campaign of malicious defamation, which I shall use to
justify a claim for punitive damages against your Board.
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BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH
ATTN.: MICHAEL WHINE, DIRECTOR,
1 - 19 NEW OXFORD STREET
LONDON WC1A 1NF
"British historian David Irving [is] perhaps the
greatest living authority on the Nazi era"
-- Stephen Spender, The New York Review of Books, March 1977
in the Making: Focal Point