- Historian David Irving has been arrested while on a one-day
visit to Vienna. An expert
on Hitler's Third Reich, he had been invited by courageous students to
address an ancient University association in the Austrian capital.
- He chose as his subject the secret
negotiations between Adolf
Eichmann and the Jewish leaders in Budapest, Joel
Brand and Rezsö Kasztner, the so-called "trucks for Jews"
deal, and British knowledge of the scheme from codebreaking. He has researched
the topic extensively in Allied archives for both his Churchill
and his Himmler biographies.
- Despite precautions, the Austrian political police are
believed to have learned of the visit by wiretaps or intercepting e-mails.
Mr Irving had privately visited his embattled friend the German playwright
on the way to Austria; they had not met for twenty years because of travel
restrictions imposed on each of them.