Irving vs. Lipstadt Trial
Richard J. Green answers:
Greetings. I am one of the folks who answers questions sent to the Holocaust History Project. First of all, you have it backwards. David Irving (the British Holocaust denier) sued Deborah Lipstadt (the American scholar) for libel. Irving claimed that he was libelled in Lipstadt's book _Denying the Holocaust_. Lipstadt's defense team argued that her comments about Irving were justified. The court overwhelmingly agreed.
Note that although deniers claim to be advocates of free speech, in this case Irving took deliberate action to try to suppress the free speech of Lipstadt with which he disagreed.
For more on this topic see:
Irving's most famous book is probably Hitler's War. He has written numerous others.
I just finished reading Robert Jan van Pelt's "The Case for Auschwitz". One of the few loose ends not completely answered during the original Irving libel trial involved holes in the roof slab of one of the gas chambers; the epilogue to the book mentions that several people connected with your site have subsequently located evidence of three of the four holes in the ruins of the slab, and references a report by Keren, McCarthy, and Mazel, titled "A Report on Some Findings Concerning the Gas Chamber of Krematorium II in Auschwitz-Birkenau", which was in draft form in June, 2000. Has the report been published? I haven't been able to locate it on your web site or through Google, though there is a reference to it in the text of:
Harry W. Mazal OBE Responds:Dear Sir:
Thank you for your question addressed to the Holocaust History Project. Kindly note that my name is spelled Mazal, not Mazel.
Our paper has been submitted to and accepted by a major journal in the field. Publication is scheduled for early in 2004. Publication has not taken place sooner because of the large number and consequent elevated cost of the color images contained in the paper. We have now overcome this hurdle now and are in now involved in the painful process of final editing.
For whatever it is worth, Mr. Irving withdrew an affidavit by Germar Rudolf on the third day of the appeal process. Irving was privy to our paper and knew that he would become the laughingstock of the world had he presented the Rudolf affidavit. As a result our paper was not read into the Court papers and has remained our copyrighted property.
I regret that this is as much information as we can give you at this time.
Harry W. Mazal OBE
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