The Holocaust Story

If the Holocaust was an event in history, it should be open to the routine critical examination to which all other historical events are open. Those who feel it right to argue against the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans should be free to do so. No one should be imprisoned for thought crimes. Contrary to how Hollywood and the Israeli-Firsters have it, the Holocaust story is not about Jews. It’s about Jews and Germans together, inseparable, for all time to come.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

David Irving in Austrian jail six days so far

Far-right British author David Irving has been arrested for Holocaust denial in Austria and has been in jail in Graz for six days, Austria's interior ministry confirmed today. Mr. Irving was arrested last Friday on a warrant issued in 1989 under Austrian laws that make Holocaust denial a crime. The charges stemmed from speeches he delivered that year in Vienna and in the southern town of Leoben.

In a statement posted on his website, Mr 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".

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  • At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Those interested in the mysterious ways of the invisible hand (no relation to Adam Smith's) may like to compare the following statement, in the Guardian article this entry leads to, with my own observation of Oskar Groning's actual words:

    *** Guardian article:
    That view was comprehensively dismissed not only by survivors but also by a former Nazi SS guard Oskar Groning in the BBC documentary Auschwitz shown in January. "I would like you to believe me," the 80 year old told the BBC, "I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematorium. I saw the open fires. I was on the ramp when the selections took place. I would like you to believe that these atrocities happened, because I was there."

    *** The actual words in the BBC documentary:


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