Holocaust book yields new insightsBreaking News
Mr Irving had hit the international headlines five years earlier, when he sued American historian Deborah Lipstadt for libel in Britain.
He lost and the court branded him "an active Holocaust denier".
Lyn Smith, a professor of politics in London, is bewildered by people like Mr Irving, who deny there were gas chambers at Auschwitz or that Hitler knew his underlings were systematically murdering six million Jews, plus millions more Slavs, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals and political prisoners.
"That's something I just cannot understand - that people like Irving continue to deny, when there is so much evidence."
Mrs Smith is more familiar with the evidence than most.
Starting in the 1970s, she worked as an oral historian for London's Imperial War Museum, interviewing survivors of the Holocaust for the museum's sound archive.
She has recently assembled testimonies from the archive into an extraordinary book, Forgotten Voices Of The Holocaust.
'Near as you can get'
The book weaves together excerpts of recordings from survivors and witnesses, tracing the Holocaust chronologically, from the persecution that accompanied the rise of Hitler, through the ghettos, concentration camps and death camps, death marches, liberation and the aftermath.
"It is as near as you can possibly get to first-hand views of the Holocaust," Mrs Smith says.
comments powered by Disqus
Robert B G - 11/22/2005
There are documentary photos of everything from gas chambers and their Xyklon B cannisters to the ovens to the pits containing hundreds of bodies. How can all this be denied?
That the Gestapo and SS would carry out anything of this complexity, especially in wartime, without the knowledge and approval of Hitler is beyond reason.
By David Irving's logic, the Nuremberg War Crimes trials of 1945-1946 executed many innocent men of senior rank in the military, in industry, and in the scientific institutions of the day for a genocide that purportedly did not exist.
Glad the Austrians got you, Mr Irving. They may not be as gentle as the British when you go to trial.
- Rubio Surges Into Second In New Hampshire
- Branstad Says Cruz Ran ‘Unethical’ Campaign
- Christie Highlights Santorum’s Endorsement of Rubio
- Portman Comes Out Against Trade Deal
- Megyn Kelly Gets a Book Deal
- A Big List of the Bad Things Clinton Has Done
- An Unambiguous Sign Sanders Won Last Night’s Debate
- Still Friends at the End
- Quote of the Day
- Trump Still Leads as Clinton Slips
- Clinton Can’t Shake Image as Wall Street’s Friend
- Maddow Doesn’t See Sanders Winning
- Why Does the Media Still Shield Chelsea Clinton?
- Bush Jokes His Mother May Have Abused Him
- Rubio Closes the Gap in New Hampshire
- Mary Beard, herself a bestselling author, wonders why more women historians aren't
- Princeton U. historian Imani Perry claims mistreatment in parking ticket arrest
- Retired historian George Dennison remains on the payroll at the U. of Montana while faculty are cut
- The Atlantic profiles exciting ways to teach history
- LDS Church has gone from 0 to 4 historians specializing in women’s history