Scott Smith wrote:chalutzim wrote:Scott Smith wrote:I've never said that David Irving is the last word on anything. But he is not quite the fraud-Meister that some would hope.
No, personal experience having read most of his books.
I'm sure "fraud" is Irving's middle name. Let's see how he treated the Dresden bombing case:
(...) Yet Evans reveals that Irving
1 - fabricated a strafing attack on German civilians and refugees by British and American pilots, rearranging dates and misattributing testimony to bolster his account;
2 - knowingly took an account of a bombing run on Prague and pretended the events happened over Dresden;
3 - derived his own initial estimate of 135,000 dead from the testimony of a lone source who supplied no documentary evidence of any kind to back up his figure;
4 - raised the count to 202,040 on the basis of a typed copy of a document which later turned out to be a forgery;
5 - refused to modify the figure even when the man who supplied the document wrote Irving to complain that he had been wrongly identified as Dresden's Deputy Chief Medical Officer when he was merely a urologist at the local hospital and "only heard of the numbers third-hand";
6 - suppressed internal evidence suggesting the document was a fake;
7 - and also suppressed testimony - a letter to Irving - from a man whose job had been to tally the dead, and who put the number at just over 30,000; and
8 - grudgingly acknowledged the discovery of an official "Final Report" that estimated the death toll at 25,000, but later discounted it, and finally
9 - ignored the discovery of the genuine document whose forged copy was referred to in (4) above. The authentic total was 20,204 - the forgers had simply added an extra zero!
Evans's dissection of the The Destruction of Dresden runs to over sixty pages; his analysis of the way Irving "uncritically accepts the testimony of members of Hitler's entourage when it is suitable to his arguments, but ignores it, suppresses it, manipulates it, or attempts to discredit it when it is not" goes on for more than a hundred pages. Neither gets more than a glancing mention at the trial.
Quoted from The Holocaust on Trial, D. D. Guttenplan, W. W. Norton & Company - New York, London - a book about Irving's trial that is worth reading.
Perhaps Scott Smith didn't read Irving's The Destruction of Dresden...