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In 2006 Mr. Irving was confined to a prison cell 23 hours a day for "denying the 'Holocaust"
A card or letter shows David's jailers he has not been forgotten
G.E.F. NR. 70306 David Irving
JA-Josephstadt A-1080 Vienna, Austria
Free Europe is not so free after all. We know it now because of David Irving, the British author who was sentenced last week to three years in an Austrian jail for violating a law that stipulates that it is a crime if a person "denies, grossly trivialises, approves or seeks to justify the National Socialist genocide or other National Socialist crimes against humanity". Irving had famously said that "More women died in the back seat of Edward Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than ever died in a gas chamber at Auschwitz".
Irving is a "Holocaust denier", though he does concede that nearly half-million Jews died during World War II, mostly because of disease and starvation. One could also say that his research is flawed and his facts are incorrect. In academia, lots of authors have been disgraced for plagiarism or faking research and so on. They are ostracised and most lose their jobs. It's the same with athletes who use drugs. Many have had to lose their medals; others have had to lose the right to participate after being detected for drug use to enhance performance. But none has ever gone to jail - and rightly so. The disgrace itself is enough.
Not so in the case of the Holocaust for which Europe continues to atone. The issue is not whether Mr Irving is right or wrong. Even if he is wrong, should he go to jail for that? Furthermore, his sentence could not have come at a more unpropitious time, just as Europe is raising the flag of "free speech" to justify the publication of grossly offensive caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The issue is also not about conflating the two incidents. It is about the touchstone of free speech. If free speech indeed means no holds barred, then Mr Irving should be a free man. That he is not makes it important to put the cartoon affair in the proper context. That context is political, just like Holocaust memory is historical and reaction to it is political. In the case of the former Europe wants to exercise its right of free speech, but in the case of the latter it wants to create an exception and has codified it through laws.
Let's however consider the issue from another angle. It is important to have laws to prevent people from making hate statements or provoking violence. There is already enough of that happening in the world to everyone's disadvantage. Europe cannot afford to go back to its anti-Semitic past whose shame still stands out in the existence of the word pogrom. All this is fine. But why can we not apply the same benchmark to other sensitivities involving over a billion people? If it is clear that some people - forget the Muslims - revere their prophet, should others be allowed to make fun of their beliefs, especially if it can be proved - and is clear - that such an action is based on racism and double standards? *
During the Salman Rushdie crisis, many lectured the Muslims not get too upset over words and like a parrot they kept repeating the old phrase: "Sticks and stones may break my back but words will never hurt me". Not true, words do hurt. This is why the West has libel laws, censorship, and numerous other legislation in place to prevent hurtful words being published. One of the most eminent British historians, David Irving, has been convicted for denying the holocaust back in 1989, and he faces a 10-year prison sentence under Austrian law.
Remember, it was the words of Colin Powell, Bush, and Blair that incited the savage vulture like attack on the dead corpse of Iraq. It proves that words do matter, they can hurt people and it is too easy to lecture the voiceless victims to ignore hateful words.
Everyone must have picked up the clear double standards by comparing the conviction of David Irving, with the freedom of expression given to the Danish and other European newspapers, to openly injure the feelings of billions of Muslims. They do this regularly and the printing of those derogatory cartoons is simply the tip of the ice berg. Likewise, that similar freedom is given to known racist individuals like Nick Griffin, the leader of the rightwing racist party (British Nationalist Party), to incite hatred and violence against the Muslims in particular. For sure, they have incited many to commit acts of violence against immigrants, especially those with a different skin color.
So, freedom of expression allowed for racists and the broadsheet newspaper journalists but not for scholars like David Irving. David Irving did not resort to offensive language like Salman Rushdie, nor did he resort to drawing vulgar cartoons of the Prophet of Islam to satisfy the appetite of the anti-Islamic brigade. Neither has he ever incited people to attack a particular group of people. He may have differed with the official version of "Holocaust" but he has never called for the targeting of the Jews,...His work was based on academic research; a genuine expression of a viewpoint; therefore it should have easily passed the free speech test. Other Historians are free to come forward and prove him to be wrong and that would have made the case for the pro-Holocaust camp even stronger.
What is the real motive behind the vigorous censorship applied to this issue of holocaust? Why is it beyond the limits of free speech? Why is it that Europe cannot tolerate constructive criticisms of the "Holocaust", which is far less than the insults they throw constantly at Islam and Muslims day and night? Muslims do and can tolerate constructive criticism, but are not prepared to tolerate insults. Do you now see the contrast? who is tolerant and who is intolerant?
The most startling hypocrisy is not the selective application of freedom of expression, because we have all become used to this by now. We also witnessed the selective application of the UN resolutions (on Palestine for example) for decades. The astonishing hypocrisy is that the real mass murderers sit comfortably in the White House and at Number 10 Downing Street, after killing... thousands of innocent civilians, while those who have used freedom of expression to offer their viewpoint face the neo-inquisition. People are tried for words, while those who commit mass murder roam free. The phrase should read: "Cluster bombs and cruise missiles may only kill thousands but it is anti-Zionist words that will land you in trouble in the land of 'free' speech!"
Many commentators have already labeled the Muslims as the new Jews of Europe, but nobody dares to mention that the Jews have become the new Church in Europe. In line with the notion of being God's chosen people, the Jews are sacred, but not the Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims -- even the native (white) Europeans and Americans are expendable for Israel. All because the blood of a Goy (Gentile), is not the same as a Jew, as expressed by the Rabbis.
Observe the connection between the Danish Cartoons and David Irving. Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten is a Jew, a pro-Israeli Zionist, a known disciple of Daniel Pipes (the Julius Streicher of the neo-cons). Therefore, they have the free speech license to say anything they want. David Irving just happens to hold a viewpoint that opposed the Zionist camp. Hence, it seems, the real test for free-speech is where your opinion sits within the spectrum of Pro-Zionists to anti-Zionists. If it is in compliant with the pro-Zionist agenda, it has the free speech permit, otherwise not.
"FREEDOM OF SPEECH" EUROPE PRETENDS TO WORSHIP IT BUT AUSTRIANS AND GERMANS, THE SUPERIOR PEOPLE OF ARYAN RACE LOATH IT: BRITISH HISTORIAN DAVID IRVING IS CRUCIFIED BECAUSE HE DIFFERED FROM THE ZIONISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS AND EXPRESSED HIS OWN PERSONAL OPINION ABOUT A VERY CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT, CALLED, "HOLLOW-CASTE!
Al-Hilal, 21 February, 2006
On 20th February, 2006 British historian David Irving has been sent to a three years imprisonment by an Austrian kangaroo court which is run by the subordinates of the World Zionist Congress because of his different opinion about an event of the European II World war whose existence/accuracy is hotly disputed ever since. Nobody exactly knows how many people died in European II World war (both German and Allied). The opinion differed. It was hardly possible to find two historians giving the same number, which is only natural. The margin differs from 13 -to 42 millions just to cite one instance. But in the matter of "GOD'S CHOOSEN PEOPLE" it has to be exactly 6 million, not one less...
Talk with a Zionist historian (For security reasons he does not want us to publish his name). The Zionist historian told Al-Hilal:
"Of course it is not correct to say 6 million exactly. How can one be exact when such large scale extermination took place?" The figure could be 2,640,198; 329,067; or 506,956 but these kind of figures are not easy to memorise, hence 6 million and therefore exactly 6 million which is easy to memorize (as you dial 911 which is easy to memorize).
When Al-Hilal asked the Zionist historian, what is the reason for commemorating the so called Holocaust and erecting memorials everywhere for that purpose as if, it was a religion? But the ancient Roman extermination of the Jews is not being commemorated, those who destroyed the temples, whereas the Germans did not?
He replied, "The Holocaust is the raison d'être for Israel. No holocaust, no Israel. So, as long as Israel lasts the holocaust has to last as well. One of them cannot live without the other".
Do you think the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran is bit mad as they said Naser was mad, Gadhafi was mad, Saddam was mad?
The Zionist historian replied, "I would definitely say no. Certainly he is not mad. Do you know it is almost 2,700 years now and during all those years, not a single Jew's grave was vandalised in Iran, not even during the time of the historic Islamic Revolution? There is only one country where the Jews have never been victimised and that's Iran, my friend."
David Irving said: "I hope my fellow Old Brentwoodian Jack Straw does introduce legislation to make it a criminal offence subject to a two-year jail sentence to question the Holocaust. That will bring everything out into the open. I shall claim the honour of being the first prosecuted by repeating the words for which I was fined £13,300 in Munich, banned from German territory and the Second World War archives, namely: 'The gas chamber shown to the tourists at Auschwitz is a fake built after the war by the Polish communists. "I assume a British court will permit us to call witnesses and evidence which the German courts denied us. The Polish authorities have since admitted that the structure in question was built in 1948.
This concludes the Arab/Muslim commentary section
London "Times" Feb. 28, 2006
An unrepentant David Irving today maintained his denial that Adolf Hitler oversaw an organised attempt to exterminate Europe's Jews. Speaking from jail in Austria, where he was sentenced to three years imprisonment last week for denying the Holocaust, the disgraced right-wing historian questioned whether the Nazis could have really intended to wipe out all the Jews held in concentration camps if, as he claimed, so many had survived the experience.
"Given the ruthless efficiency of the Germans, if there was an extermination programme to kill all the Jews, how come so many survived?" he said, in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. During his one-day trial in Vienna last week, when he pleaded guilty to denying the Holocaust in two speeches made to Austrian neo-Nazis in 1989, Irving acknowledged that he had made a mistake in denying the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz, the most infamous Nazi camp. He claimed that he personally had identified two small buildings where gassings occurred - but he pointedly ignored the weight of historical evidence that points to mass executions in an enormous purpose-built crematorium where victims were first gassed then their bodies burned. Today, the British academic repeated his assertion that the number of Jews killed at the camp was relatively small, and certainly much smaller than the figure of 1.1 million that is generally accepted by Holocaust historians. "There were these two small buildings where gassings were done, but I think we can be very argumentative about the scale of it," he said. "Certainly, anybody who suggests that this was the heart of the Nazi programme is way off track." Irving said he accepted that 1.4 million Jews were killed at the so-called Reinhard extermination camps of Sobibor, Belzec and Treblinka, but he insisted Auschwitz was different:
"You can say millions died, but not at Auschwitz." The story of Anne Frank, according to Irving, backs up his argument: "The Anne Frank family wasn't gassed, although they were in Auschwitz," he said. "When they fell ill, they were looked after by SS doctors, and two of them survived. The whole Anne Frank story is proof that I am right." He also questioned the responsibility of Hitler for the 20th century's greatest crime. Asked whether he believed that Hitler had overseen the Holocaust, Irving replied: "No. That is absolutely wrong and nobody can justify that. "Adolf Hitler's own involvement in it has a big question mark behind it."
Irving, 68, was shocked to receive a three-year sentence at his trial under Austria's stringent Holocaust denial laws last week. He is spending 23 hours a day in solitary confinement at the start of his punishment, which Austrian prosecutors are seeking to extend to 10 years because of Irving's "special importance to rightwing radicals". Irving is also planning to appeal. But today's outburst is unlikely to help his claim to have recanted some of his most extreme beliefs about the Holocaust. He said this morning that his conviction was the result of a "show trial" and he promised to continue writing history. Irving is the author of more than 30 books, but his reputation as a trustworthy historian was destroyed by a High Court libel trial in 2000 that showed that he had distorted and wilfully misunderstood sources relating to the Holocaust.
By Michael A. Hoffman II Feb. 20, 2006
February 21 -- The new inquisition has its latest victim in its hungry maw, dissident historian David Irving, sentenced in Vienna to three years in prison for blaspheming the sacred icon of Holocaustianity, those Auschwitz execution gas chambers. A correspondent points up a faux pas on the part of the highest of all high-profile holohoax scribblers, Professor Deborah Lipstadt: "In a purported refutation in the Daily Northwestern (campus newspaper) of Dr. Butz's Feb. 14 column, she chose the very day (Feb. 20) that Irving was sentenced to three years in prison, to claim that he has not encountered 'legal obstacles' in expressing his views! Could they have found anyone dopier than Lipstadt?"
No, they could not, but it matters little. A dopey preacher, priest, minister, bishop, pope, still get their genuflections and hand and ring-kissings. Religious acolytes have their minds turned off. This is a cult, with the corresponding mentality. In fact, Lipstadt is in Rome as of Feb. 21. The Vatican has arranged for her to give several lectures to elite Catholic scholars and seminarians at the Gregorian Pontifical University.
Some armchair quarterbacks are annoyed at Irving for pleading guilty to denying the gas chambers. They are certain they would have acted with more valor had they been in his shoes. Words of fortitude from an easy chair, with the 500-channel remote control in one hand and a glass of Merlot in the other. I, for one, do not know how I would behave in a similar situation. I'd like to think that I would defy these Austrian mental midgets and that YHVH would give me the grace to do so. But being human and no more courageous than the next guy, desirous of my freedom, I don't know how I'd fare under severe pressure.
Irving will emerge from this ordeal like Thomas Cranmer, who at first dissembled and recanted his views in Marian England, hoping for a reprieve, and then recovered at the place of execution, thrusting the offending hand which had signed his recantation into the flames with the words, "'This hand hath offended." Cranmer is today remembered as a Protestant martyr, not as a temporizer.
The English are different in their approach to authority. Irving gambled on the good faith of the British court system and lost when the judge in his Lipstadt case turned out to be about as just as Fang in Oliver Twist. Irving's misplaced faith in western courts (in the case of Austria, an expectation of mercy in return for a guilty plea), does not alter the fact that he is a persecuted writer who has no active support among the western intelligentsia who were at Salman Rushdie's side, not because they were for freedom of speech, but because they wanted to make points against Islam. Scoring points against Judaism is not allowed, and Irving must carry on without the professional consciences of the western world.
At one time I thought that hypocrisy like this would ring some bell in the sub-cellar of my own people's mentation. But iTunes, video games and satellite sports ring louder, I suppose. That's why it's left to Iran to rally the opposition. Iran, the byword in New York for clerical tyranny. Publisher Ernst Zündel is also on trial, let us not forget, in Germany; even as scientist Germar Rudolf is entombed in a German prison for his chemical analyses of the gas chambers.
Moreover, the myth that Irving was "disgraced" in a British courtoom in his libel trial of Lipstadt, is an enduring humbug often invoked in order to write Irving off as a mere con man getting -- if not just-- then at least understandable desserts. The Zionists love to "prove" the homicidal gas chamber stories with television programs and masonic court rooms. What the media don't tell us is that Deborah Lipstadt never took the stand in her own defense, even with the English judge decidedly in her corner. She would not risk a cross-examination by the plantiff, Irving. She let her lawyers win her battle with their legerdemain. This farce is then proclaimed a resounding victory for the truth of the gas chambers!
The exterminationist historians dare not debate. That is Lipstadt's supreme maxim. They tell the world how they have triumphed and how ridiculous the revisionists are, while making certain the revisionists are locked up, and calling for Prof. Arthur Butz to be removed from his teaching post at Northwestern University. Hoaxers like Lipstadt are frozen with terror at the prospect of having to cross swords with an Irving or a Rudolf.
Orwellian dictatorship is being built not only by Bush and Cheney in the wake of 9/11, but by the corpus of the West's reporters, editors, professors and pontiffs who can find no cause for vigorous protest in the jailing of Irving, a man who fights only with words. The English Protestants killed Campion. The French and Swiss Calvinists killed Servetus. Lutheran Germans killed the Anabaptists and the Catholics sought to kill Luther. They all died--or in Luther's case, would have died-- for their words. Today we look on those persecutions with shock, wondering how they could have ever done such a thing in the name of God?
But make no mistake: Irving too is being persecuted for the sake of God, or rather for Judaism's strange gods. But the puppies and poodles who pass for journalists and professors; and the preachers and ministers who pass for evangelists of the Word, dare not do more than pip and squeak. This has been the way of things for decades. Rot, decay and slow death. But suddenly Islam arrived in Europe, with its Biblical impatience for the injustice with which we have made accommodation. We sleep well whether Irving, Rudolf or Zündel are in jail cells or not. We earnestly wish it were otherwise. We read, pray and talk about it. We sigh and shrug our shoulders with regard to it.
And then a lion roars. A sword glints in the sun. A banner unfurls a field of green. Europe and America, your measure is discovered in the jail cells of these three men! You presume to pass sentence on them or to acquiesce in the sentence. But a sentence in turn is pronounced upon you: Tekel. You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting. The execution you prepared for others, awaits you. Bare your neck to Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Persian!
For further research: The dark side of Thomas Cranmer: Cranmer's Godly Order by Michael Davies
Compiled and annotated by Michael A. Hoffman II
Here's a first round of representative news and editorials on the sentecing of historian David Irving to three year' imprisonment. Caveat: almost all of the following are excerpts. For the complete report/editorial, follow the accompanying URL to the source.
There seems to be a hole in the dike...the Daily Telegraph newspaper, in the wake of Irving's sentencing, speaks of the "Holocaust" as a cult and a "priesthood." 20 years ago Bradley Smith, Lou Rollins and this writer were among the few to frame the issue in those candid terms. Progress!
Handcuffed to the memory of Hitler By Michael Burleigh Daily Telegraph (UK) Feb. 22, 2006
...television and publishing revert again and again to the Nazis, like the biblical dog returning to its own vomit. This works either to legitimise a lazy Left-wing view of the world, based on the creed of "anti-Fascism" or more disreputably, to tempt and tantalise audiences with the Nazis' sinister glamour. Why else constantly recycle the Nazis' own slickly produced images? Why does television consistently ignore the 120 million victims of communism or people murdered by various Third World dictatorships?
...By the 1980s...some Jews insisted on the ultimate significance of the Holocaust. "Holocaust studies" developed into a huge industry, with dedicated chairs, institutes, and a proselytising drive to create Holocaust museums in every American city.
This Holocaust industry amounts to a secular religion. Tony Blair's Government has encouraged establishing this cult through a wholly unnecessary Holocaust Day. The cult has its priesthood, ever ready with words of encouragement or censure from far away Los Angeles.
And it has nasty sectarian jealousies, with some Jews resentful of any mention of persecuted gipsies or homosexuals, and the latter resentful of compensation paid to Jewish people. It has several articles of faith and taboos. In these circles, it is taboo even to broach the fact that, in the 20th century, communism happened to kill many times more people than Nazism. It is not done to query such vulgar, anti-Catholic presumptions as the alleged culpability of Pius XII for his supposed silence during that period. It is also not done even to refer to "the Holocaust industry."
The industry is also not very good at asking such questions as why we need to know, down to the last pornographic detail, everything that happened to Jewish people in Hitler's gruesome imperium, or whether there should be university courses in Holocaust tourism (management thereof).
David Irving may or may not deserve to be in prison. The end of his story is as predictable as its beginning, namely a further press scrum when the chastened martyr emerges with his projected memoirs, which will in turn trigger a further orgy of interest. And the moral of this tale? There probably isn't one, except that few people emerge from this dreary saga with much credit or honor....
Michael Burleigh is the author of "The Third Reich: A New History"
Now, a mad-hatter editorial from the Jerusalem Post, salted with our own arch observations:
The Jerusalem Post emphasizes the dogmatic theology of the case: "...denying the murder of six million Jews is not an 'opinion,' but hate speech." In other words, disagreeing with Allied and Zionist versions of history is not an option, not a point of view, but a crime.
The Jerusalem Post: "Holocaust denial has become the primary conduit for modern anti-Semitism."
There is no legitimate curiosity about the possible fallibility or errors in the enormous and innumerable allegations made against the Germans grouped under the "Holocaust" shibboleth. All doubt, scrutiny and investigation of these claims, all of the normal functions of the human mind, of the disinterested observer, are, in this case, a function of "modern anti-Semitism."
To claim that atrocity stories have been exaggerated; that allegations do not pass scientific muster is "anti-Semitism." There is no possibility of dissent from a good motive. All dissent from the execution gas chamber tale is inherently racist, anti-Semitic, diabolic.
Jerusalem Post: "The favorite theme of all Jew-bashers of whatever variety is to portray the Holocaust as a Zionist fabrication contrived to hold the world to ransom, usurp Arab land and facilitate the implant of an interloper Jewish state within the Muslim sphere."
"All" Jew-bashers "of whatever variety" (the Post has polled every single one of them and there must be millions), believe that the "Holocaust" has been misused by the Zionists.
A Jerusalem Post definition of "Jew-basher": he who believes the "Holocaust" has been used to usurp Arab land. All Jew-bashers believe this, even Mexican lettuce pickers in Arizona who have never heard of Zionism, don't know where Arab land is, or what a "Muslim sphere" might be. Yep, they all believe it. It would be anti-Semitic not to agree that "all Jew-bashers" of "whatever variety" believe as the Jerusalem Post says they believe. So believe it, on pain of being branded an "anti-Semite" if you don't.
Jerusalem Post: "Holocaust denial is a common contention of those who seek to delegitimize Israel and promulgate Nazi-inspired bigotry."
Note to independent-minded journalists and academics: have a need to scratch a World War II-era itch? Desire to read one of Irving's books? How about Carlo Mattogno and Germar Rudolf's "Auschwitz Lies"? If so, you seek to "promulgate Nazi-inspired bigotry," and with that tag stuck on your back, your career in the media or at the university is probably over. Don't ask questions. Don't doubt. Don't investigate. Those are "bigoted Nazi" activities.
Jerusalem Post: "The denial of genocide is a warning sign of movements that have genocidal goals and endorse genocidal acts."
Some truth at last. The denial of Israeli genocide against Palestinians by neo-cons and Zionists is surely an ominous sign of more killings to come. Deborah Lipstadt's denial of the Allied holocaust against the city of Dresden is also a warning about how easy it is to marginalize German survivors and eyewitnesses, something which is absolutely forbidden with regard to Judaic survivors and eyewitnesses.
Jerusalem Post: "Irving, therefore, wasn't sentenced for his 'opinions," but for disseminating hate and incitement. "
"Incitement" is used here in an Israeli context, as grounds for abridging freedom of speech. But it is used selectively. Rabbinic incitement on the part of Ovadia Yosef, the former chief Sephardic rabbi who calls the Palestinian people "snakes" and urges that they be given "missiles," is not an issue.
The "incitement" by Harvard's Daniel Jonah Goldhagen in stigmatizing the German people as a nation of hereditary exterminators, is not a focus of outrage. Rather, this is one of the purposes of "Holocaust" propaganda, to disseminate hate speech against out-of-favor nations and peoples under a mantle of human rights concerns.
Alluding to Iran, the Jerusalem Post states, " ...those entities most openly dedicated to a new genocide against the Jewish state are all closely allied... and vocally deny the Holocaust."
The old, routine genocide against Arabs and Muslims, the desire to wipe out the Islamic Republic of Iran, first attempted by Ronald Reagan using Saddam Hussein's forces, and currently transpiring with a host of US, British and Israeli-sponsored terrorists and assassins operating inside Iran, is of no consequence.
How many tens of thousands of Arabs in Lebanon have been murdered by the Israelis? How many Arabs in Iraq have been killed by UN sanctions and US bombs? Half a million? Genocide is a two-way street but there is no such thoroughfare in Judaism, as evidenced by the Jerusalem Post.
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces, and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that, they condemn that person and throw them in jail." --Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Dec. 8, 2005, referring to Germar Rudolf, Ernst Zündel and David Irving, who are currently in jail (Rudolf and Zundel in Germany; Irving in Austria). Ahmadinejad is the first head of state to protest this disgraceful repression.
Exclusive to The Hoffman Wire | November 29, 2005
From our German-language correspondent:
Here below is an interesting link to an Austrian newspaper article. According to this report, David Irving discovered two books that he has written in the library of the prison at Graz-Jacomini where he is incarcerated!
In an interview with the magazine "News," Irving claimed that he subsequently autographed these books upon the request of guards in this facility.
According to the warden of this prison however, David took it upon himself to sign the books. Irving's books have since been removed from the library.
The warden expressed his frustration at the fact that Irving's books had been in the library's collection of some 6300 volumes: http://www.kleine.at/nachrichten/regionen/steiermark/graz/artikel/_745306/index.jsp
Meanwhile, an alleged 16-year-old murderer of an Austrian student, an immigrant from Serbia, will soon stand trial for his deed. He is said to have stabbed to death a fourteen-year-old Austrian; a killing which, according to the prosecutor, was done deliberately. If convicted, the young perpetrator is facing a sentence of from one to ten years. This is also the fate the Austrian legal system has in mind for historian David Irving. This puts the priorities of the Austrian system in perspective, does it not? http://wien.orf.at/stories/73312/
by Michael A. Hoffman II November 25, 2005
I have received e-mail from some worried revisionists concerning news that David Irving's lawyer in Austria has suggested that Irving has recanted and now asserts belief in the existence of homicidal gas chambers. I hesitate to dignify these reports from Austria with further publicity, however it may be best to address this charge briefly, to ally fears and spotlight some typical disinformation tactics on the part of the Establishment.
First, "confessions" from captives under duress are worthless and if this is the principal means for establishing the truth of the Auschwitz gas chambers, then they will have to arrest us all. The Zionists relish this sort of thing, by the way. For years they sought to have a magistrate formally certify the gassing story as true by means of "judicial notice." As if imposture can be morphed into reality by some bureaucrat in a black gown taking "notice" of it. But since they will not allow debate about the gas chamber accounts or expose supposed forensic evidence to the scrutiny of scientists such as Germar Rudolf, this is all they have: jails, proclamations and Tinsel Town flicks.
Furthermore, to my knowledge, Irving has never in his career discounted the likelihood that somewhere, someone in the immensity of the World War II empire that was the Third Reich had been gassed to death. Rather, he has focused his skepticism on the rumor of mass gassings in one camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. If his lawyer is saying Irving believes in gassings elsewhere, this would be consistent with previous statements by the defendant.
From other reports I have received concerning the conditions of David's incarceration, it appears he is being held virtually incommunicado, very much like Ernst Zundel, who does not receive much of his mail. The Cryptocracy appears to be using its old "St. Helena" option: to put Irving and Zundel, like Napoleon before them, under a jail regime so rigorous that "they cannot trouble the world" and "from which they will not be heard."
In the meantime, as the case proceeds, let's keep faith in the David Irving we knew from his more than two dozen books and hundreds of speeches, rather than from whatever is being reported about an inmate who has been denied bail and is under sensory deprivation in a dungeon.
Whether or not Irving is making compromising statements in order to gain his release from captivity--and I would have no way of knowing if that is the case --legally, a statement given under duress is not regarded as evidence, and "Holocaust" cultists who seize on these reports as some sort of "proof" of their claims are truly grasping at straws.
For German language readers: "Irving wird der Prozess gemacht" http://www.kurier.at/oesterreich/1187598.php
Charges prepared against Irving BBC Nov. 22, 2005
Austrian authorities have prepared charges against British historian David Irving, who was arrested 11 days ago. The charges are linked to speeches he made in 1989 denying the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz, prosecutor Otto Schneider has said. Mr Irving, 67, can appeal against the charges under Austrian law.
Mr Irving sued US historian Deborah Lipstadt in London in 2000 for labelling him a Holocaust denier. He lost in a comprehensive verdict. He is currently in custody in Vienna after having been arrested in the province of Styria on 11 November. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday to determine whether he should remain in custody for up to four more weeks.
No trial has been scheduled yet. Despite the mortal blow to his reputation in 2000, he remains a showman and may well relish the opportunity to grandstand before a wider audience if put on trial, BBC legal affairs analyst Jon Silverman says.
In his books, Mr Irving has argued that the scale of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis in World War II has been exaggerated. He has also claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler knew nothing of the Holocaust. Mr Irving was previously arrested in Austria in 1984.
COUNTRIES WITH LAWS AGAINST HOLOCAUST DENIAL: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, German,y Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland (Canada and Australia, as well as of course "Israel" also prosecute on similar grounds--Hoffman)
Austrian prosecutors file Holocaust denial charges against historian David Irving
By The Associated Press via Haaretz (Israeli newspaper) Nov. 22, 2005 http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/648704.html
VIENNA, Austria - Austrian prosecutors on Tuesday filed charges against British historian David Irving for allegedly violating an Austrian law that makes Holocaust denial a crime, a prosecutor said.
Irving, an expert on the Third Reich who has claimed that Adolf Hitler knew nothing about the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews, was detained November 11 in the southern province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989 that makes Holocaust denial a crime.
"A charge was filed in relation to two speeches in
1989 in which he denied the existence of gas chambers," prosecutor
Otto Schneider said.
November 17, 2005 09:27 PM
Holocaust groups in the United Kingdom have congratulated the Austrian government for arresting British right-wing historian David Irving for allegedly denying the Holocaust. Irving was arrested on November 11 in the southern province of Styria and transferred to a prison in Graz, the Austrian Interior Ministry confirmed. He was detained on a warrant issued in 1989 under Austrian laws that make Holocaust denial a crime. The same laws do not apply in the UK. The charges stemmed from speeches Irving delivered that year in Vienna and in the southern town of Leoben.
Lord Greville Janner, chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust and a former war crimes investigator, congratulated the Austrians "for doing what our law should but does not permit", adding: "I hope this will lead to a successful prosecution."
Stephen Smith, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said denial was not a matter of opinion, insisting: "Austrian law demands incisive action to protect its citizens from a repeat of the past. Holocaust denial is a manifestation of the kind of anti-Semitism that led to the deportation and death of European Jewry."
In a statement posted on his website, Irving's supporters said he was arrested while on a one-day visit to Vienna, where they said he had been invited "by courageous students to address an ancient university association." Despite precautions taken by Irving, he was arrested by police who allegedly learned of his visit "by wiretaps or intercepting emails," the statement alleged. In the past Irving 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. Irving once famously insisted that Adolf Hitler knew nothing about the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews, and he has been quoted as saying there was "not one shred of evidence" that the Nazis carried out their Final Solution on such a scale.
He remained in custody according to the Austria Press Agency. If formally charged, tried and convicted, Irving could face up to 20 years in prison, said Otto Schneider of the public prosecutor's office.
--Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 17, 2005
First they came for Zundel, then Germar and now Irving...no it's not a dream, it's a New World Order reality. Too bad so many are in a Right-wing/Left-wing playpen where this Orwellian repression is studiously ignored in favor of the latest tempest in a teapot. Revisionists have for years been trying to make the point to our brethren at large that the failure to defend the rights of homicidal gas chamber skeptics will inevitably result in the abridgement of everyone's rights in obeisance to the god of the Holohoax.
Let's see now, there's a Max Planck chemist behind bars in Germany and now a British historian behind bars in Austria. Can it still be business as usual for paleo-conservatives and anti-Zionist Leftists whose silence thus far, concerning Zundel and Rudolf, has been deafening? What good is a movement that is too cowed to dare to issue thunderous protests, convene conferences and publish exposes of this wicked tyranny?
VIENNA, Austria Nov 17, 2005 (AP) British historian David Irving has been arrested on a warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust, the Interior Ministry said Thursday. Irving was arrested 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.
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 late Thursday afternoon. [End quote]
Contact the Austrian embassy and demand that David Irving be released from custody immediately.
You may send an e-mail via this link: http://www.austria.org/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=3&Itemid=3
In the United States you may telephone 202 895 6775 or fax 202 895 6772.
Here is a sample protest note: What in God's name is wrong with Austria? You arrest historian David Irving for exercising his right to freedom of speech? This is tyranny! I will boycott all products made in Austria until Irving is freed. Shame on Austria! Free Irving Now!
Or send a check or money order to: Michael A. Hoffman II, PO Box 849, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816
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