A few months ago I finished reading a book written by British historian David Irving titled “Hitler’s War.” It’s an excellent biography on Adolf Hitler, concentrating on his rise to power in Germany and following him from then on until the moment he takes his own life near the end of World War II. This book is the result of many years of research done by Irving, and is mostly based on primary sources: original documents found in the archives, memoirs and dairies as well as interviews conducted by Irving himself with people from Hitler’s inner circle. It’s the most balanced and objective source of information on the life of Hitler that I’ve come across up to now, and I’m planning on writing more about it in the future.
David Irving is one of the best and most courageous historians still alive today. Over the years Irving had to make many personal sacrifices because he chose to stick to the facts and the truth, wherever they led him during his research. Apart from his talents and amazing achievements as a historian, it’s Irving’s courage that I admire the most. I’m very thankful for his work and the many sacrifices he made fighting for freedom of speech, in order to share the truth — true history — with the world. 1
A few hours ago I received the below email newsletter sent out by Irving to his subscribers, asking for help:
Regard this letter as my personal update on a writer’s struggle, an ‘interesting’ year! After a three-year battle by my brave German lawyer, I’ve beaten Germany’s lifetime ban (imposed in November 1993) – because such a ban violates European law, which did not exist earlier. The Court even ordered the Bavarian Government to pay all our costs!
I am currently fighting off a sophisticated Internet attack, calculate to wreck my bookstore and cripple my finances. It has gone on since September. The bank has just slapped a fraud-fighting fee of $2,700 on my bookstore. (It reminds me of my first month as a steelworker in Germany: when pay-day came, there was no money in the envelope – just a bill for new steel-capped boots!) Fortunately I learned HTML some years ago. I think we are through the worst. But it has been touch-and-go.
My books are not prohibited anywhere in the world, and this letter isn’t asking you to buy them (but remember: the big season is just around the corner, and signed books make great gifts); but I am banned by Canada, Australia, New Zealand – and other countries where the traditional enemies of Free Speech have gained the upper hand, which have all quietly placed an entry-ban on me, a writer; I have today written to all three prime ministers again asking them to intervene, but I am not optimistic. We know what folks are behind the ban! In Australia I can’t even visit my daughter and her family. Canada: Flying from here to my base in Key West last year, armed agents took just me off the plane at Toronto, and bounced me back to England. Probably South Africa has banned me too.
And now a serious new ban threatens, from the United States – I will find out shortly, since I am this week again applying for a visa to replace the one the Border Security Agency has torn up on a threadbare pretext. Odd: My visa application in July was immediately OK’d in interview with a high-level consular official (verbatim: “I can tell you that your application has been approved”) but the next day anonymously rejected. I have thousands of friends in the U.S.A., but this threatens to be the costliest fight of all.
I am a fighter: In fact I now live just three miles up the road from Scottish Culloden, moorland site of the last bloody battle on British soil in 1746.
Despite all this turmoil I am nearly finished with my last three great books: a Heinrich Himmler biography – click for a privileged extract, I’m working on the final (war) chapters, unravelling great mysteries; on Churchill’s War, vol.3, almost complete (we reprinted vol.1 this year, equivalent in print quality to vol.2); and “Memoirs,” also almost complete. Time is running out.
But I am dangerously low, and I have only you folks as a back-up to fall back on. Since the 1990s, my mainstream publishers in the U.K. and U.S.A. have not dared touch my books, which is why we publish them ourselves – and better. So please help, if you can, by credit-card, cheque, cash, or bank transfer. It will be your way of joining the fight. You’ll get a personal letter of thanks from me if I have your address and, if and when and if I next speak near you, a personal shake of the hand. Over the years it has shaken some historic Hands, I don’t have to tell you!
I’ve already made my contributions. Please consider supporting Irving and his work by making a small donation yourself. You can find information on how to donate on his website, or you can donate to him via PayPal by sending money directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can also buy some of his books on his website (like he mentioned, they’ll make great gifts).