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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: David Irving's Hitler: Postscript
Summary: H. David Kirk's commentary on Irving's work and the Jaeckel
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Organization: The Nizkor Project, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Kirk,Irving,Jaeckel

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                      Irving's 'History'<60>

      In light of publicity about David Irving, who wrote a book in
      which he claims the Holocaust did not happen, it should be pointed
      out that he makes a living writing books which cast doubt on
      historical events.  In 1970, his book, The Destruction of Convoy
      PQ17, caused an uproar, particularly in naval circles, and
      resulted in a court action against Irving for libel.  The action
      was taken by Capt.  John Broome, senior officer in charge of the
      naval escort.

      In July 1942, 36 merchant ships set sail from the United Kingdom
      for Murmansk with supplies for the besieged Russians.  In the
      Barents Sea, it [the convoy] came under heavy attack by German
      aircraft and U- boats.  The British admiralty, acting on
      intelligence reports (later proved false) that the battleship
      Tirpitz had put to sea, gave an order for the convoy to scatter
      while the naval escorts searched for the battleship.  Captain
      Broome complained that in Irving's book, the blame for the
      convoy's destruction was put on him, the inference being that the
      navy had abandoned the merchant ships.

      The judge found in Capt.  Broome's favor.  But by then, his
      reputation had been damaged by the questionable 'facts' written
      about the incident.  

      Anthony Winstanley, Victoria 

                          What World Wars?<61>

      Let's buy our poppies now, lest we forget, for David Irving
      and his ilk may well try to convince us that these wars
      never really took place--that the grave sites are simply a
      tourist attraction, designed specifically to vilify those
      nice, peace-loving, overly-humane Europeans.  

      Andy Mulcahy, Victoria [British Columbia, Canada]

                            Summing up 

   Lucy Dawidowicz liked to quote Cicero's laws for historians: The
   first ...  is that he shall never dare utter an untruth.  The second
   is that he suppress nothing that is true.<62> Against that standard
   can David Irving, who wants the world to think of him as a historian,
   now be evaluated.  

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