Lipstadt says Happy Holidays, demands all Mr Irving's possessions turned over to her

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London - Dec. 24, 2003 -- DAVID IRVING's London office confirms that a package arrived today (Christmas Eve) from Laura Tyler of Mishcon de Reya, attorneys acting for Deborah Lipstadt, containing an application by Deborah Lipstadt in the British High Court for the transfer to her of all Mr Irving's lifetime possessions, currently held by the British official Trustee after they were seized in his absence in May 2002.

Lipstadt is a religious scholar at Atlanta's Emory University. Her lawyers want the new case heard on January 23, 2004. The Trustee, Baker Tilly, confirmed this independently in a separate message to Mr Irving this morning. Mr Irving is currently in the United States.

In the two-page application Lipstadt claims the transfer to her of all Mr Irving's possessions, properties, and rights; attached to it is a lengthy listing of all the items claimed, a 150-page inventory of books, private diaries, microfilms, archives, and other possessions assembled by Mr Irving in a forty-year career of research and writing. It is not known how she or her lawyers obtained this detailed list.

Mr Irving, who successfully completed a ten thousand mile road tour of US cities yesterday, said: "Nothing surprises people any more in this action. The hatred-filled traditional enemies of free speech are doing all they can to silence me and my writings, but they will not succeed. I have friends too."


Lipstadt prevailed in a widely reported three-month libel action brought against her by Mr Irving in the High Court in January 2000, after she called him a "Holocaust denier". Her financial, backers (who included Steven Spielberg, Edgar Bronfman, the American Jewish Congress and others), and her co-defendants Penguin Books Ltd., poured eight million dollars into the London courtroom to pay witnesses, and to hire a team of conformist historians to support her defence. 

She is currently completing a book on the case, announced in the trade press under the title "My Struggle."

As her financial backers were not party to the action, she made no application for her costs at the end of the trial in April 2000, and Mr Justice Gray, who heard the action and Mr Irving's subsequent appeal against the costs awarded to Penguin Books Ltd (who paid none of their own costs either) wisely made plain in his remarks that she would not have been granted them if she had.



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AS part of their pre-trial defence attempts to destabilise Mr Irving, a strategy of which Lipstadt boasted in talks in the Middle East, staff at the law firm Mishcon de Reya arranged for an anonymous hate-wreath to be sent to him on the funeral of his oldest daughter, a cripple, gloating over her death in September 1999. Her counsel Richard Rampton QC justified this hatred when cross-examining Mr Irving in the High Court libel action.


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