Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ban on maverick historian overturned
Holocaust denial is rather mad so making it illegal just gives it credibility. Irving is however an extremely knowledgeable historian (he was the only historian who immediately picked the fake Kujau "Hitler Diaries" as fake) so he rattles people. I am pretty certain that his holocaust denial is just a "stir", a publicity stunt. A few years ago, he referred to the color of his car as "n*gger brown", and if that is not a stir, I don't know what would be. He is a classic stirrer. He would seem to subscribe to the view that there is no such thing as bad publicity
Holocaust denier David Irving has won a surprise victory in a German court - thanks to the EU - that allows him entry into the country next year after overturning a ban that ran for another decade.
Irving, 74, has written a series of books about the Third Reich denying the historical evidence for the Holocaust of more than six million Jews during WW2.
A Munich court convicted and fined him in 1993 on a charge of insulting the memory of the dead after he disputed that the gas chambers at Auschwitz killed hundreds of thousands of Jews.
He told a group of right-wingers in 1993 that the Polish government built the chambers after the war to 'show tourists.' The Munich court imposed the entry ban at the same time as he was fined.
Irving applied last year for re-entry, but German authorities replied that he remained banned until 2022.
The administrative tribunal rejected this on Friday, ruling that this ban could not be upheld under European Union rules of free movement. This states: 'The free movement of persons is a fundamental right guaranteed to European Union EU citizens by the Treaties.