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Banged Up

£19.99

David Irving’s book-length account of how he was ambushed by the Austrian Stapo, the secret state police.

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David Irving’s book-length account of how he was ambushed by the Austrian Stapo, the secret state police, in November 2005, and sentenced to three years’ jail in the country’s oldest, grimmest prison for a lecture he had delivered sixteen years before: Go figure. The trial, the imprisonment, and the legal battles are related in a way devoid of all rancour or hatred.

Banged Up is the unedifying story, told without rancour and often with a bitter humour, of a British historian who spends four hundred days in solitary confinement in Austria’s oldest jailhouse, convicted under a 1945 Stalin-era law because of a lecture on history that he has delivered in Vienna sixteen years before. There is outcry in the free world’s press. Soon he is faced with new charges, carrying a twenty-year sentence, for talking to the BBC. Then the case comes to the Court of Appeal.

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