Nobody therefore should dispute the right of the Daily Mail or of the Sunday Times to publish such extracts, as they are doing now. But the Mail has paid a copyright fee of pounds 17,000 to Francois Genoud, who is an open admirer of Hitler, and who will pass on most of the money to the heirs of Joseph Goebbels. The Sunday Times has contracted to pay pounds 75,000 to David Irving, whom the paper's editor describes as an 'amateur Nazi'. Mr Irving, too, has said that he wishes to make a substantial payment to Mr Genoud. Equally important, Mr Irving, who has denied that the gas chambers existed, will help to select extracts - which sounds like asking a flat- earther to become science correspondent.
This is not a case of newspapers trying to contribute to historical knowledge. This is a scoop, intended to satisfy that horrible fascination. The beneficiaries are the family of one mass murderer and the admirers of another. In our view these are immoral payments and immoral earnings.Reuse content