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Saturday, 21 July, 2001, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
'Holocaust denier' vows to fight on
David Irving
David Irving is battling on to clear his name
Controversial historian David Irving has vowed to continue his legal battle to restore his reputation.

On Friday the 63-year-old was refused permission to appeal against a High Court libel ruling which branded him a "Holocaust denier".

I have never given in and I don't intend to capitulate now

David Irving
Irving faces a 2m legal bill after last year losing his libel case against historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books over her book, Denying the Holocaust.

But he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday that he would continue with a separate libel case against Guardian Newspapers and writer Gitta Sereny, biographer of Hitler's architect Albert Speer.

Following Friday's ruling Mr Irving has 21 days to pay the first 150,000 of legal costs.

He refused to discuss on the Today programme whether this decision would mean his bankruptcy, but told the BBC that he was already "250,000 out of pocket".

"Fortunately I have a worldwide circle of many thousands of supporters, mostly in the USA, who have given me five and ten dollar bills to fight this action."

Letter sent

He said that he had already written to the lawyers for Guardian Newspapers and Gitta Sereny 10 days ago warning them that he would continue with his action regardless of the outcome of the Court of Appeal.

Mr Irving said: "Even if I were to be bankrupted, I would be in an extremely strong position to proceed.

"I fought the first action by myself - one man against a courtroom filled with 40 lawyers and historians and their assistants.

"I have never given in and I don't intend to capitulate now."

'Hitler partisan'

Ms Lipstadt had described Mr Irving as a "Hitler partisan" who had distorted history and as "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial."

Mr Justice Gray ruled in a trial in April that Mr Irving was anti-Semitic, a racist and an "active" Holocaust denier.

Mr Irving had expressed doubts about whether there had been mass gassing at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The judge also refused Mr Irving leave to appeal - and on Friday the Court of Appeal said he could not try to overturn this ruling.

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