Thursday, 22 June 2017

A message to David Irving urging him to give us a Reith Lecture

Dear David

I trust you are well and enjoying the fine weather.

I don't know if you have heard Hilary Mantel giving the Reith Lectures and if you have, I wonder what you thought of them. They didn't seem to be saying anything much to me so far other than commenting on the difficulty of getting at the truth and being criticised as a historian if one's readers do not quite agree with one's version of history or facts.

If it were me, I thought to myself, I would be talking about the professional hazards of being a historian. It is not enough just to be a good story teller with a reputation for soundness in the matter of historical research, one must contend with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in a sea of troubles.

Having recently seen Richard III, it seems that Richard could easily have been unfairly demonised for Tudor purposes, and was perhaps the Hitler of Tudor times.

It seems from that the practice of factionalised history is not really new. The categories of historiography mentioned are helpful and interesting, are they not?

While it is seems unfortunately the case that it is unlikely that you will be invited by the BBC to give a Reith Lecture or given a knighthood, I am sure your admirers would very much appreciate it if you could give us a Reith Lecture!

With kind regards

Claire Khaw

21 June 2017

Replacing Holocaust Denial as a Concept

Talk by David Irving in London - 19 September 2009

A rapprochment between British Nationalism and Libertarianism?

David Irving talk on 25 February 2012

A rabbi understands free speech, while the Atheist Humanist Society do not

David Irving, make a TV documentary on Nazism and become Lord Irving of Nazism!

Whom would I choose if both David Irving and Peter Mandelson proposed to me?

British establishment more invested in the idea of punishing David Irving than Zionist Jews

Is coming to a reasonable interpretation of the Wannsee Protocol "Holocaust Denial"?

How free is speech in the West when you can be imprisoned for saying the wrong number?

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