David Irving: Talk axed

Historians in the News

A TALK by controversial historian and Hitler expert David Irving was scrapped after bosses at the Liverpool venue discovered who he was.

Today Jewish leaders said they were glad tonight’s talk by Irving, jailed last year in Austria after he was convicted of Holocaust denial, an offence in that country, had been cancelled.

Mr Irving, 69, was due to speak at the city centre’s Liner hotel as part of a series of UK talks entitled “Who dug the grave of the British Empire – Hitler or Churchill?”

But a spokesman from the hotel said they cancelled a booking made in the name of a history society after receiving tip-offs Mr Irving would be among the speakers.

The spokesman said: “We took a booking from a company calling themselves the Historical Society of Liverpool two months ago for a talk about the history of Liverpool and Winston Churchill.

“But on Friday we received a telephone call and information that David Irving would likely be attending.

“As an organisation we do not accept bookings for groups who promote their own religious or political views and therefore we decided to cancel the booking and cut all ties, which has been accepted by the organisers.”

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