Here's a quote from the interview -
“History evolves. The truth about the Holocaust is gradually coming out. And this is thanks to the internet. It’s how this new generation finds me. There’s a general belief among people out there that they are being misled. The people I’ve called the traditional enemy [Irving’s term for Jews] are very worried about this phenomenon. They don’t have a handle on it.
He went on to say this which is very encouraging to us all -
“Interest in my work has risen exponentially in the last two or three years. And it’s mostly young people. I’m getting messages from 14, 15, 16-year-olds in America. They find me on YouTube. There are 220 of my lectures on YouTube, I believe, and these young people tell me how they’ve stayed up all night watching them.
“They get in touch because they want to find out the truth about Hitler and the second world war. They ask all sorts of questions. I’m getting up to 300 to 400 emails a day. And I answer them all. I build a relationship with them.”
And how about this one from the jewish lawyer who ran Lipstadt's campaign -
“We really thought the verdict marked a line in the sand,” says Libson. “That it marked Holocaust denial as a done subject. We’d proven it, conclusively, in a court of law.
“We naively thought that the internet would help that. All the material from the case was published online and we thought that would provide sufficient answer to anyone who could possibly doubt it. Whereas, of course, the internet has actually done the opposite.
There is also an interview with Irving in today's Sunday Times which I don't have access to.
The film opens in the UK this week so these interviews are all part of the build up to it. I am pleased that some of the mainstream and in these cases Guardian and Sunday Times, very establishment media, have afforded Irving the space to say his thing. Maybe this is all part of the change that we have been witnessing over the past few years.