A very controversial one to start 2017. David Irving is the “historian” who has been to court and indeed to jail for views on the Second World War.
Below find a trailer for a BBC film about his unsuccessful libel case against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt – Denial. He was shown to have deliberately misrepresented historical evidence to promote Holocaust denial – and was thus discredited. The court ruled that Irving was an active Holocaust denier, anti-semite and racist who “for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence.”
Four questions we could consider;
- Is David Irving a historian ?
- Should free speech have any boundaries ?
- Should films like this be made ?
- Is there anything new about post-truth politics ?