Churchill College has moved the controversial historian's work to a closed area following a complaint by a visiting academic A Cambridge college library has moved the work of a historian branded an anti-Semite to a closed area after an academic called his books' appearance on its shelves a 'disgrace'. Dr Irene Lancaster spotted that the controversial author David Irving's books were accessible in Churchill College's Roskill Library during a tour of its archives on February 1. Notorious for his holocaust scepticism, Irving was branded an anti-Semite and racist by a judge in 2000 following an infamous libel case brought to trial by the historian against Penguin Books. Writing to Cambridge University's Vice-Chancellor's office, Dr Lancaster asked how it could be justified that Irving's work sat 'pride of place' in the library. The university said the texts were stored to allow scholars to "challenge" their contents, but had now been moved to a closed off reserve store. A spokesperson insisted that by holding his work, the university "in no way" endorsed Irving's views but it did remain committed to freedom of speech and enabling people to "question and test controversial ideas". An emailed response from the university to Dr Lancaster also said: "Churchill College does not hold the personal papers of David Irving and none of his writing occupies a position that could be described as ‘pride of place' in the College. "In common with other libraries around the UK, including Manchester where you are based, the Roskill Library within the College’s Archives Centre holds a number of published works by Irving." Author and former Manchester university lecturer, Dr Irene Lancaster, was visiting Cambridge's Magadelene college earlier this month for a book launch of her translation from Hebrew of the biography of the Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Israel. During her visit she toured Churchill College, which runs a fellowship programme with Haifa's Technion University, where she spotted Irving's work. In an email to the vice-chancellor's office seen by the News, she said: "This sort of behaviour is illegal in most European countries, and especially in Germany and Austria, where I understand Irving was imprisoned for some years not so long ago. "Naturally, we in the Jewish community are very upset that convicted anti-Semite David Irving is honoured by being included in the Churchill Archive, especially as that college is twinned with Israel’s greatest scientific university, which was the reason for my visit! "I wonder if you have any advice on how to go about explaining to Churchill College that David Irving’s presence within the archive is a disgrace to the name of your university, and more importantly that such generosity towards someone convicted of antisemitism by a British judge would not even be countenanced in the case of other minority groups within the university."