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David Irving is the son of a Royal Navy commander and a professional illustrator. Incompletely educated at Imperial College of Science & Technology and at. Mr Irving's personal diary of his British High Court Action against Penguin Books Ltd and Deborah Lipstadt is now available as a Free Download in English and. David Irving, British historian, his life and works. publishes a virulent page attack on David Irving's biography, Hitler's War, in their quarterly journal (pdf.
All of them are completely worthless as history, because Irving cannot be trusted anywhere, in any of them, to give a reliable account of what he is talking or writing about. The same article contains interesting material about this book, The Destruction of Dresden, which was written before Irving's views on the Holocaust became widely known and became a bestseller. Again, I quote: In the first edition, Irving's estimates for deaths in Dresden were between , and , -- notably higher than most previously published figures.
These figures became authoritative and widely accepted in many standard reference works. In later editions of the book over the next three decades, he gradually adjusted the figure downwards to 50,, According to the evidence introduced by Richard J. Evans at the libel trial of Deborah Lipstadt in , Irving based his estimates of the dead of Dresden on the word of one individual who provided no supporting documentation, used forged documents, and described one witness who was a urologist as Dresden's Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
The doctor has since complained about being misidentified by Irving, and further, was only reporting rumours about the death toll. Today, casualties at Dresden are estimated as 22,, dead. Yet looking at the five reviews here on Goodreads, I see that four of them uncritically accept Irving's account and praise the book. If I were willing to spend several months or years of my life on the task, I could do my own digging around and try to come to an independent conclusion.
I am unlikely to do this; it seems to me, just on the basis of the few articles I have read, that the facts are pretty clear.
Expert witnesses were not there to plead a case.
They werethere to help thecourt in technical and specialized matters. They had togive their own opinion, irrespective of which side had engaged them. They had to swear a solemn oath to tell the truth and could be prosecuted for perjuryif they did not. Onthe other hand,they were usually commissioned by one side or the other in the belief that what they said would support the case being put rather than undermine it.
At the endof the day, it was up to the lawyers whether ornot they used the reports they had commissioned. Iwould be paid by the hour, not by results.
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So the money would have no influence on what I wrote or said. If I did agree to writean expert report, however, and it was accepted by the lawyers, then I could expect it t o be presented to the court and I would have to attend thetrial to be cross-examined on it by the plaintiff.
Why me? I asked. There were a number of reasons, Julius said. First, I was a specialist in modern German histoly.
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A copy of my most recent book in this field, Rituals of Retribution, was on his bookshelf. It was a large-scale study of capital punishment in Germany from the seventeenth century to theabolition of the death penaltyin East Germany in 19S7.
So it was clear that I had a good command of the German language.
I could read the obsolete Ger-. And I was familiar with the documentary basis on which a lot of modem German history was written.
I had also for many years taught a document-based undergraduate course onNazi Germany for the history degree at Birkbeck College in London University and before that in my previous post at theUniversity of East Anglia.
Clearly, the trial was going to turn toa considerable extent on the interpretation of Nazi documents, so expertise of this kind was crucial; and was it expertise thatthe court itself could notbe expected to possess. Second, a couple of months earlier, I had published a short book entitled In Defense of Histo y,which had dealt with such vexed questions as objectivity and bias in historical writing, the nature of historical research, the difference between truth andfiction,and the possibility of obtainingaccurate a way, Anthony Julius explained, were knowledge aboutthe past.
These in the central issues in the case that Irvingwas bringing against Lipstadt. Iwas in a good position to do so not only because of my previous writings, but also because I had no personal connection witheither of the two main protagonists in the case. Indeed, I had neveractually seen eitherof them in the flesh. Irvingwas a famously combative figure, but he had never had occasion to cross swords with me.
Academic historians with a general knowledge of modem history had indeed mostly been quite generous to Irving, even where they had found reason to criticize him or disagree with his views. The fact is that he knows more about National Socialism than most professional scholars in his field, and students of the years owe morethan they are always willing to admit to his energy as a researcher. It is always difficult forthe non-historian toremember that there is nothing absolute about historical truth.
What we consider as such is only an estimation, based uponthe what best available evidence tells us. It must constantlybe tested against new information and new interpretationsthat appear, however implausible theymay be, or it will lose its vitality and degenerate into dogma or shibboleth. Such people as David Irving, then, have a indispensable part in the historical enterprise, and we dare not disregardtheir views.
Irving is cited only when his sources have been checked and found reliable. Trevor-Roper had worked in British Intelligence during thewar and had been charged with heading an official missionto find out the true facts about the death of Hitler. Trevor-Roper continued: When a historian relies nlainly on primarysources, which we cannot easily check, he challenges our confidence and forcesus to ask critical questions.
How reliableis his historical method? How sound is his judgment? We ask these questions particularly of any man who, likeMr. Irving, makesa virtue-almost a profession-of using arcane sources to affront established opinions. But we can never be quite sure, and when ishemost original, we are likely to be least sure. Broszatwent much further, however, and included the allegation, backed up by detailed examples, that Irving had manipulated and misinterpreted original documents in order to prove his arguments.
Sydnor Jr. In fact theyput up a screen behind which a very different agendais transacted. Irvingis a great obfuscator.. Distortions affect evely important aspectof this book to the point of obfuscation. It is unfortunate that Mr. Irving wastes his extraordinary talents as a researcher and writer on trivializing the greatest crimes in German history, on manipulating historical sources and on highlighting the theatrics of the Nazi era.
It is alsothat it is written in a tone which is at best casually journalistic and atworst quite exceptionally offensive. For many years, professionalhistorians had seemed to regard him as an assiduous collector of original documentation, although there was some disputeover quite how important all of it was. Nor was this all.
Since the late 19SOs, however, Irving had ceasedto be publishedby major houses, but instead had brought out all his books under his own imprint, Focal Point. Onewould not haveexpected a reputablehistorian to have run into such trouble, and indeed was it impossible to thinkof any historian of any standing atall who had been subjected to so many adverse legal judgments, or who had initiatedso many libel actions himself.
Irving has confounded efforts to writehim off as a harmless rackp pot. But nothing really new. Their criticisms raised real issues of objectivity, bias, and political motivation inthe study of history that went far beyond the work of Irving himself.
I have burrowed deep into the contemporary writings of his closest personal staff, seeking clues to the real truth in diaries and private letters written to wives and friends.
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But historians are quite incorrigible, and will quote any apparently primary source no matter how convincingly its pedigree is exposed. All these falsifications, he argued, were to thedisadvantage of Hitler. And they never troubled to consult most the basic documentation.
Irving was evidently very proud of his personal collection of thousands of documents and index cards on the history of the Third Reich. Many historians had surely shared experiences like my own, when I discovered major collections of documents in atticsin two different German cities in the course of researching for my doctorate, and had to enduredifficult conditions in going through them.
Almost all historians have come across sources untouched by any other historian since they had beenfiled away by those who compiled them. Irving had no monopoly on such research. Historians have always been obliged-to get their handsdirty. There were hundreds of historians-German, British, American, Israeli, Swiss, French, Dutch, Canadian and so on-who had researched the subjects with which Irving concerned himself.
Already in the immediate aftermath of the war, Allied war crimes prosecutors had sifted through tons of captured German documents to prepare their indictments in the Nuremberg Trials. Many of these had been printedin the published recordof the trials. Since then, vast new masses of documents,both official andprivateinprovenance,had become available to scholars in a variety of public state archives in Germany and other countries.
This was not an area of history like, say, the fifth century, when historians had to make do with sparse and obscure source material to reconstruct what happened. Historians of the Third Reich and theSecond World War were more in danger of drowning in a sea of sources.
From the s onwards, generations of Ph. The techniques of documentary investigation in which Irving presentedhimself as the master werein fact a normal partof the stock-in-trade of every trainee professional historian.
Of course, Irving had discovered new documents and obtained new evidence, for example, by interviewing surviving eyewitnesses of the time. But this was true of a vast number of other historians too. The difference was that professional historiansdid not make such a fetish of it. New discoveries in this field were quite normal. Suchwas the vastness of the documentary legacy left by Nazi Germany-twelve years in the life of a major, modern industrial state-that much of the archival record still remainecl to be worked through at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
There was nothing wrong with this, where the work relied on conformed to the accepted canons of scholarly research and rested on thorough, transparent, and unbiased investigation of the primary sources. So vast was the material with which historians dealt,so numerous werethe subjects they covered, so consuming of time, energy, and financial resources was the whole process of historical research, that it would be completely impossible for new historical discoveries and insights to be generated if every historian had to go back to the original sources for everything he or she wanted to say.
Hugh Trevor-Roper Lord Dacre , acting for Times Newspapers, declared them to be authentic aftera hasty perusal of the manuscripts in a Swiss bank vault.
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As a result, serializationof an English translation began in The Sunclay Times. Irving had come into contact withthe diaries through August Priesack, an old Nazi who had been oneof the first tobe approached by the forger in hisquest for authentication. Irving himself had purchased some eight hundred pages of Hitler documents that emanatedfrom the same forger in October and had been on the verge of selling them to Macmillan when he had begun to have doubts.
Priesacks collection of Nazi memorabilia was full of obvious forgeries. Funded by rival newspapers who wished to preserve their circulation in the face of a threatened Sunday Times scoop, Irving appeared in personat the Stern press conference and denounced them as fakes.
I have some here. The diaries were quickly shown by tests carried out by the German Federal Archives on the ink and paper to be postwar products. Their author, Konrad Kujau, was eventually sent to prison for his offense. Yet, one reasonwhy the forgery got as far as being printed as authentic in the national presswas the fact that eminent academics had not been allowed near them.
There were those who had, like the American historian Gerhard Weinberg and the Stuttgart expert on Hitler, Eberhard Jackel, expressedgrave suspicions almost from the very start.
According to Robert Harris, he did this because he was uncomfortable at being aligned with majority, respectable historical opinion, because he was impressed by the sheer size of the diaries-sixty volumes-which seemed almost beyondthe capacity of any one individual to forge, and because, having finally seen the diaries for himself, they looked more convincing than he had expected.
Whereas most historians held Hitler responsible for the antisemitic pogrom of the Reiclaskristullnucht in November , for example, the diaries showed him ordering a stop to as it soon as he found out about it. Nobody hasthe right to standup and say, only my version of history is right: all other versions are wrong: and nobody hasthe right to propagate alternative versions..
But is certainly a magisterial work. Asked in whether hewas a partisan historian, he replied: Every historian has to be selective: IfI write a biography aboutAdolf Hitler, then the archives have got about ten tonsof documents on Adolf Hitler, and you have to select whichdocuments you present. This is in Waley Cohen's memoirs Now, 50, pounds in , multiply that by ten, at least, to get today's figures.
By another three or four to multiply that into Canadian dollars. The purpose was -- the tune that Churchill had to play was -- fight Germany. Start warning the world about Germany, about Nazi Germany.
Churchill, of course, one of our most brilliant orators, a magnificent writer, did precisely that. For two years, The Focus continued to militate, in fact, right through until And I managed to find the secret files of The Focus, I know the names of all the members.
I know all their secrets. I know how much money they were getting, not just from The Focus, but from other governments. I use the word "other governments" advisedly because one of my sources of information for my Churchill biography is, in fact, the Chaim Weizmann Papers in the State of Israel.
Israel has made available to me all Churchill's secret correspondence with Chain Weizmann, all his secret conferences. It is an astonishing thing, but I, despite my reputation, in a kind of negative sense with these people, am given access to files like that, just the same as the Russian Government has given me complete access to all of the Soviet records of Churchill's dealings with Ivan Maisky, Joseph Stalin, Molotov and the rest of them.The page special including many illustrations has been uploaded as a compressed PDF file 1.
And then the police turned round, and it was no longer meine Wenigkeit, my humble literary person, that was being protected, but the angry mob.
During the period January to April , we met frequently, exchanged notes and drafts, and discussed what to do next. In this definitive biography, David Irving separates the myth from the man.
Der geheimste Nachrichtendienst des Dritten Reiches only in German. In fact theyput up a screen behind which a very different agendais transacted. The court was also supplied with copies of the Opening andClosing Statements by both parties;in both cases, the typed version of the Closing Statement was considerablylongerthan the t PREFACE xiii version read out in court.
Academic historians with a general knowledge of modem history had indeed mostly been quite generous to Irving, even where they had found reason to criticize him or disagree with his views. Bitte hier anklicken.
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