Agent de­nies Irv­ing claims

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

THE LIT­ER­ARY AGENT han­dling the mem­oirs of Holo­caust sur­vivor Sam Pivnik has re­jected claims made about him by Shoah-de­nier David Irv­ing.

Fol­low­ing a JC re­port about Mr Pivnik’s mem­oirs, which are to be pub­lished to re­fute de­niers, Irv­ing used his web­site to at­tack agent Andrew Lownie.

He also re­pro­duced the JC re­port and claimed that the Sun­day Times failed to pay him a £75,000 fee for excerpts from the Goebbels di­aries which he brought back from Moscow in 1992.

Irv­ing wrote: “Wring­ing his hands, Andrew Lownie minced around his of­fice, and de­cided there was noth- ing he could, or would, do about this breach of con­tract.

“He left it to me to take [the] news­pa­per to the High Court. Which I did. (But Lownie still pock­eted his 15 per cent.)”

But Mr Lownie said that the Sun­day Times had “quite rightly pulled out of the deal, not be­cause of out­side pres­sure, but sim­ply be­cause the prove­nance and copy­right of the ma­te­rial was un­clear”.

Mr Lownie said he had acted briefly for Irv­ing 16 years ago. “I kept my per­sonal views about Irv­ing’s pol­i­tics and per­son­al­ity to my­self but tried to act as pro­fes­sion­ally as pos­si­ble at all times,” he said.

“When he de­cided to chal­lenge the Sun­day Times, I found him a lawyer and then at­tended a meet­ing with the lawyer but it was clear that Irv­ing had no case. Con­trary to his claims, none of us was paid.”

He added: “I’ve been called var­i­ous things in my ca­reer, but as a six-foot for­mer Cam­bridge rower, mar­ried with chil­dren, I don’t think I ‘mince’.”

Last week, Irv­ing lost a claim for £2,000 in dam­ages against a B&B land­lady in Kew. A judge at Wandsworth County Court or­dered him to pay £60 in costs to Jen­nie Allen af­ter he at­tempted to sue her for breach of con­tract, claim­ing she had wrongly asked him to leave the premises. Court doc­u­ments say that Mrs Allen found Irv­ing to be moody and rude and un­set­tled her other guests.

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