Only recently released from jail in Austria for ‘holocaust denial’, the weirdo British historian is at it again. (Irving searches for the ‘controversial Zyklon-B inlet holes’ on the roof of the morgue (Leichenkeller I) of Crematorium II at Birkenau [Auschwitz II] – while on his semi-clandestine trip to Poland, March 4, 2007).
In an Italian documentary screened last Friday night, David Irving claims that Jews (and others) were not gassed to death in Auschwitz, in the south of Poland. He says he has forensic evidence to prove it.
Apparently, Irving has been in Poland recently making the film.
He has said the stuff about the gas chambers before, of course, and his claim that no genocide happened at Auschwitz – it was merely a concentration camp, not a death camp - was central to his libel trial against Deborah Lipstadt.
When summing up the evidence during the trial the judge noted:
‘…the case advanced by Irving was that no convincing evidence exists that gas chambers were at the material time in existence at Auschwitz and that there is no evidence that such chambers were commissioned. Further, said Irving, there is no convincing evidence that any Jew at Auschwitz lost his or her life as a result of being gassed (though he conceded from the outset that many died as a result of the epidemics which, due to the appalling lack of hygiene, regularly swept the camp).
…In the course of the trial Irving modified his position: he was prepared to concede that gassing of human beings had taken place at Auschwitz but on a limited scale. However, he continued to assert that it was not a death factory (totesfabrik).
Irving lost the trial.
He was always considered a bit of a nutcase. But many used to think he was a superb archivist of WW II Nazi material. During the trial, however, it was revealed that Irving frequently mistranslated, or simply fabricated, much of that historical material. So now he is exposed as a bad historian, as well as being a nutcase.
This was only revealed because Irving was allowed to make his outrageous claims. Shutting him up – or banging him up in Austria for holocaust denial – makes it harder to refute the claims that the holocaust never happened.
The EU has recently mooted the idea that holocaust denial should be made illegal everywhere within the union. But what are they afraid of? The only way to beat bad ideas is with better ideas – not by shutting them up.
Free speech must be absolute – even for people like David Irving.
See the ramblings of Irving yourself in his recent Auschwitz travel diary (hat tip: europejczyk). Quote: ‘I don’t like Poland, as the following entries will betray.’ What a twat!