ITWASSOOTED: Historian Charged With Denying Holocaust

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Historian Charged With Denying Holocaust

From Associated PressNovember 17, 2005 10:49 AM EST
VIENNA, Austria - British historian David Irving was arrested last week in southern Austria on a warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust, the Interior Ministry said Thursday. Irving was arrested Nov. 11 in Styria province, said police Maj. Rudolf Golia, an Interior Ministry spokesman. He was transferred to a prison in Graz.
Irving was detained on a warrant issued in 1989 under Austrian laws that make Holocaust denial a crime, Golia said. The accusation stemmed from speeches Irving delivered that year in Vienna and in the southern town of Leoben.
Irving in the past has faced allegations of spreading anti-Semitic and racist ideas. He is the author of nearly 30 books, including "Hitler's War," which challenges the extent of the Holocaust.
He remained in custody Thursday, the Austria Press Agency said. Calls to the Graz court went unanswered.
If formally charged, tried and convicted on the charge, Irving could face up to 20 years in prison, said Otto Schneider of the public prosecutor's office.
But he said it was unclear whether there were sufficient legal grounds to continue holding Irving on such a charge so many years after the alleged offense was committed. A decision was expected by the end of next week on how to proceed, Schneider said.

from, mike rivero: Note that this article (once you get past the obvious smears and bias) admits that Irving doesn't deny the holocaust happened. He is questioning the extent. How big was it? And given that even the museum at Auschwitz has revised their estimated number of dead downward from four million to 1.5 million, and that Germany's largest Jewish Weekly, "Allgemeine Jüdische Wochenzeitung", AGREES with that number, it can be argued that nobody really does know the extent of Hitler's crimes.
Israel justifies its existence and extracts vast sums of money by "selling" the memory of the holocaust to the rest of the world. But when you buy a car, don't you look under the hood, kick the tires, and otherwise exercise due diligence to make certain you know what you are paying for? Yet in "buying" the history of WW2 Germany, those daring to open the hood are seized and thrown in jail.
If a used-car salesman acts like that, you have to ask if there is sawdust in that transmission.
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