David Irving responds
1) Do you think you were unjustly treated in your trials?
Answer: The Lipstadt trial, 2000: Read my short diary of the trial with comments that may assist; it is a pdf file.
I have also written an extensive chapter or chapters on the Lipstadt Trial for my memoirs. Still in handwriting. In these, I state that the Judge, Sir Charles Gray, was in my view wrong on several important matters:
2) You have experienced court in a country where they have laws banning Holocaust denial. What is your opinion of these laws? Are they an affront to freedom of speech?
Answer: I recommend that you read my short book on my 2005 arrest, trial and imprisonment -- it is posted in English on my website.
European law is, broadly speaking, very different from the Anglo-Saxon laws with which we and the Americans and the British Empire countries are familiar. We are innocent until proven guilty; in Europe, the reverse is true.
It reached its absurd peak when I found myself ambushed by armed Austrian police on November 11, 2005 and indicted because of opinions I had expressed sixteen years earlier to a small audience in a Vienna restaurant, perhaps forty souls. (Twelve or less would have ruled the case out anyway, even under their laws).
The police had attended all my Austria talks, and reported in internal documents that I had committed no offences; when the largely Jewish outcry began in the press on November 6, 2005, Vienna's police president then felt he had to issue his warrant, secure perhaps in the knowledge that I was no longer on Austrian soil.
I revisited the country three times after that, with the full knowledge of the authorities, and nothing happened. The 2005 ambush and imprisonment cost me around half a million pounds in lost contracts, a year's lost income, a lost home and possessions, a cancelled legacy(*), air tickets, speaking engagements and stolen cars (from London airport); it very nearly destroyed my family too. But I shall not allow this sad episode in Austrian history to rule the way I write.
Good luck with the dissertation
* Explanatory note, in response to inquiries: "A very nice couple in [Germany] whom I shall not name (who knows who else reads these emails), were a doctor and his wife, total strangers to me, and elderly. Out of the blue four years ago she wrote me enclosing the copy of a will they had made out ... in my favour leaving me first their home in Munich, as they so admired me, then adding their homes in Bucharest and Klagenfurt too, as they wanted us to have something to fall back on if I ever grow old. I corresponded regularly with them in the interval. When I was in the Vienna prison I received a letter from the wife, two lines, equally out of the blue: 'We have cancelled everything, do not ask why, do not write to us again.' My letters since have been returned unopened." -- I presume that the malicious media mudbath had shocked them.