Who wants to be a Millionaire? The money to fund the Lipstadt libel defence came partly from Edgar J Bronfman's Seagram distillery company and two wealthy Atlanta businessmen.
Money really can buy a clean conscience. Seagram's legal drug dealing operations (alcohol) have killed many more millions, and destroyed more families, than died in the Nazi Holocaust.
Incidentally, Lipstadt's expert witnesses must have been hard-pressed to stay as neutral as they did, in the face of the inducements offered them. Stand up Christopher Browning, the only real expert among them: He was paid £27,632 by Professor Lipstadt and Penguin Books Ltd. His fee was bettered however by team-leader Professor Richard Evans: £70,181 -- what will your common room colleagues make of that, Richard! Well then, they may say, what about Dr Peter Longerich, who is somewhat junior to yourself: he drew £76,195: that should pay for a few English lessons, eh? Professor Hajo Funke, the Berlin University's glittering and totally objective expert on the German far right: £92,558 went his way -- what's the German for "Now that's a lot of moolah"? And then there is Professor of Architecture Robert Jan Van Pelt, who was paid £109,244 despite only one minor flaw in his background -- he never qualified as an architect. Now how many newspapers reported that little detail emerging from his cross-examination by Mr Irving?
Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Website fact: The stamina of the defence team was aided by a six million dollar fund provided by Stephen Spielberg, Edgar J Bronfman, and the American Jewish Committee, which enabled them to pay 21 lawyers and "experts"; the experts like Evans, Longerich were paid up to £109,000 each to testify as they did (while the defence's star legal team was paid considerably more). Nobody was paying for Mr Irving, who has been fighting this battle for three whole years. Nobody was paying for Mr Irving, who has been fighting this battle for three whole years. Nor did he pay his defence witnesses one cent or sous: they testified from conviction, not for reward. [Help!]