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By David Irving

ISBN-10: 1872197310

ISBN-13: 9781872197319

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I wondered how Albert Speer had fared for twenty years, Nelson Mandela for over twenty-seven, and Rudolf Hess for forty-seven. At least I had my thoughts, and then my writing, to occupy me. “I was recently wondering,” I wrote to a friend as the bitter prison winter was left behind, and then the spring turned into summer, “why I was taking prison so very much in my stride, then found this passage in Decline and Fall (by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1928) in which our hero Paul Pennyfeather similarly muses, whilst in jail: .

I only once saw a prisoner being frog-marched off in that direction, his arms buckled back behind him. I don’t know what he had done to deserve it. My cell was searched four or five times in the first months: gefilzt is the word I used, having picked it up from researching in the private diaries of Field Marshal Erhard Milch, written during his stay in the Allied prisons of Nuremberg and Dachau. After that they seemed to have given up. These searches lasted twenty minutes or so, and the officers were friendly, perfunctory, and informal.

Kresbach informed me that Judge Liebetreu had indicated that if I “played along” I would be given a sentence which would result in my im- The Trademark Pen  Apprehension Fearing a riot by my supporters in the courtroom, Judge Peter Liebetreu secretly calls for special security measures by anti-terror police—proof of the world of paranoia in which the Left now lives. mediate release. I believed him. My friends contacted the major television programmes in London. The biggest, BBC’s Newsnight—hosted by tough commentator Jeremy Paxman—offered to fly me back to London firstclass straight after my release that afternoon, in return for an exclusive live broadcast.

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