David Irving has threatened to sue Londonâ€™s Jewish Chronicle for calling him a Holocaust denier.
In a letter sent recently to the newspaper’s legal department, Irving claimed the term “active Holocaust denier” is “demonstrably untrue” and that using it again would result in a claim for defamation “without further notice.”
The Chronicle had used the term in an article about Irving’s plans for a British speaking tour to rehabilitate his image.
Irving, 69, a writer and historian, served a prison sentence in Austria last year for statements in a 1989 speech that the Auschwitz gas chambers were a fairy tale and that Hitler had protected European Jews.
The Chronicle responded to the threatened suit with an article not only referring to Irving as a Holocaust denier, but also outlining exactly how the nuances in his position as a denier have changed over time. The story included the address of the paper’s libel attorneys and invited Irving to contact them.
Irving lost a libel suit in 2000 against Professor Deborah Lipstadt, who had called Irving one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial. The judge described Irving as an â€œactive Holocaust denier,” as well as “anti-Semitic and racist.â€
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