“David Irving Looks Back as an Historian . . . for the Last Time?”
US TOUR BEGINS ON JUNE 20. CLICK TAB TO REGISTER
David Irving in April 1963. Bottom: writing in Key West, 2013
FOR FIFTY YEARS his works have acted as a sheet-anchor; or better, as a rudder for historians and readers interested in Real History, steering between the turgid swamps of the academics and the stinking whirlpools of the liars: telling how wars happen, and who is behind them.
Aided by his seven languages, David Irving has researched history and unknown events. His first book, The Destruction of Dresden, appeared in the same month as his first daughter was born, April 1963. It was a bestseller, and inspired American author Kurt Vonneguts Slaughterhouse Five.
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris (seen below at left, with Irving in 1961) wrote him a handwritten letter of praise – in future he would never trust any other historian than him, he said.
Four more daughters and thirty more books followed, highly praised, brilliantly illustrated.
Gradually, the traditional enemies of free speech saw their vital interests threatened.
They had had it all their own way, so easy, until Irving came along. Nobody had dared challenge their crooked view. From famous Nobel-prize winning scientists to field marshals, from moguls to ministers (like Albert Speer in 1979, below), he made friends with the people who had made history, got their papers, and wrote what he found; and when the archives were finally opened, people found that he had been right.
The wealthy opponents of Real History fought dirty, since fairness alone did not avail. They put secret pressure on newspapers (The Sunday Times) and printers (Butler & Tanner), and urged distributors and editors and advertising managers not to sign contracts with him. They organised window-smashing and intimidation against bookstore chains like Waterstones. They hired ugly mobs to attack his meetings. They hacked his old online bookstore and silenced it for six months. They hounded his famous publishers, like Macmillan and St Martins Press, until they too fell by the wayside.
For over forty years they have run an effective smear campaign – more recently they have seized control of Wikipedia and locked-down the sites vicious entries on Irving in every language around the world. Nobody can now correct the lies. Hes still standing – and still writing.
Unable to put up academics of equivalent learning and ability to debate him, they have called in their markers with friendly governments around the world, persuading them to ban him from their frontiers. I saw each such ban as a victory, he says (although the painful ban by Australia, where he has thousands of supporters, prevents him from seeing his fourth daughter and her family, all now Australian citizens, living in Melbourne). A Hungarian émigré, U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, tried in 2000 to get an Act of Congress banning Irving, but failed.
ALL ALONG one great country held out against these methods, the homeland of Free Speech: the United States. Until January 2014, that is.
Somebody has put them up to it. Immigration knew his exact itinerary, every city, and that he was to lecture on Dr Joseph Goebbels – Hitler's propaganda minister, whose private diaries he was the first to bring back triumphantly from the KGB’s secret archives in Moscow in June 1992. (“David Irving, of all people!” screamed the world’s furious academics when they heard of that scoop.)
The US Government has not yet replied to his written protests. No longer protected by the ten-year visa that ensured his safe entry and departure each time, this new speaking tour may be his last. It ends on July 30.
DAVID IRVING will continue the International Campaign for Real History, which he launched in 1991. His tour of the northern and eastern USA, David Irving Looks Back as an Historian - for the Last Time? begins on June 20.