Holocaust denier David Irving, 85, who dismissed Auschwitz gas chambers as a ‘fairytale’ requires ’round the clock care’ after falling ill in Florida as his family plead for cash from his admirers

Holocaust denier David Irving who dismissed Auschwitz gas chambers as a ‘fairy tale’ now needs ’round the clock care’ after falling ill in Florida.

The 85-year-old, who has been jailed, discredited and bankrupt for his controversial remarks, arrived in the US state last October and his health has since deteriorated.

His family told followers he is now back in the UK and they are appealing for cash to help arrange private care due to ‘constraints with NHS services’.

As well as dismissing gas chambers, Irving also claimed that Hitler was unaware of the planned extermination of six million Jews and that the ‘true figure’ was ‘much less’.

His family published an appeal on his website asking his readers for cash for his medical care and support, but also for the ‘maintenance and continuation of his work’.

They wrote: ‘However, David’s situation has put us at a crossroads where the way forward requires collective support.

Holocaust denier David Irving now needs 'round the clock care' after falling ill in Florida as his family appeals for donations from his admirers

Holocaust denier David Irving now needs ’round the clock care’ after falling ill in Florida as his family appeals for donations from his admirers

Irving was jailed, discredited and bankrupted for dismissing the Auschwitz gas chambers as a 'fairy tale'.

Irving was jailed, discredited and bankrupted for dismissing the Auschwitz gas chambers as a ‘fairy tale’.

‘It is a call to protect the essence of a man whose life’s work was to bring us closer to the nuanced truths of our past.

‘Regardless of size, each contribution is a step in maintaining David’s impact on historical literature.’

They stated that Irving is in “good hands” and that they will keep his fans updated on his health.

In 2015, the author organized ‘disgusting’ tours of concentration camps costing £2,000 for each participant.

The disgraced academic, who is a self-confessed fascist, led a tour group to sites in Poland such as Treblinka, Sobibor and Hitler’s ‘Wolf’s Lair’ headquarters.

Holocaust memorial groups accused Irving of insulting the memory of those who died in World War II by spreading ‘pro-Nazi propaganda’ on the tours.

In promotional material for the tours, Irving promises customers the opportunity to ‘make up your own mind about the truth’ during ‘the unforgettable trip of a lifetime’.

Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, his family wrote: ‘(David) was in hospital for almost two months, enduring the kind of challenges we never expected him to face.

‘It is with sadness that we have to accept that David is now unable to engage in his life’s work.

‘His unwavering commitment to uncovering Real History has not only defined his career but also enriched the minds of readers worldwide.

‘Your support and solidarity in this challenging time is invaluable. We will keep you updated on his health and well-being as he approaches this stage of his life with dignity. He is in good hands.’

The American-Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt first branded Irving as a Holocaust denier in her book, after which he then sued her for defamation.

The case went to the Supreme Court and after a hearing in 2000, which attracted worldwide attention, the judge ruled against Irving, condemning him as anti-Semitic and racist.

He was ordered to pay £2m costs and had his home and assets seized, but is believed to have been propped up by benefactors, including a Saudi prince who had an estate at Ascot, and a former Nazi -U-boat commander.

This allowed Irving and his partner, Bente Hogh, to move into a £6,000-a-month flat in London with their daughter.

There was also a film made about the case called Denial, in which Irving is portrayed by Timothy Spall and Rachel Weisz plays Deborah Lipstadt.

In 2006 he went to Austria, where denial of the Holocaust is a criminal offence, to address a rally of Right-wing students.

He was duly convicted and jailed for 13 months for statements made in 1989, before he was deported, to find his finances and relationship in ruins.