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July 19, 2013 11:39 am

Hotel Industry Gives Cold Shoulder to Holocaust Denier, Unlikely to Find a Room in Berlin

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Holocaust denier David Irving. Photo: Wikipedia.

Infamous Holocaust denier David Irving plans to return to Germany this September for the first time since a ban against him entering the country was revoked, but he may be hard pressed to find a hotel willing to accommodate his stay, at least in Berlin, where his visit is planned, the Huffington Post UK reported.

Irving, who describes himself as a historian, had been banned from entering Germany until 2022 because of his penchant for denying the Holocaust, but last March a court lifted the ban on appeal.

After plans by Irving to return this September to speak at a $120-a-head dinner were revealed, a campaign by Green Party Bundestag member Volker Beck called on hotels in the German capital not to allow the speaker to book a room.

Berlin’s hotel and restaurant association responded positively to the campaign, urging its members not to allow Irving to book a room.

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The Berlin hoteliers association told its members “Please don’t give any ‘room’ to right-wing extremist propaganda.”

Most hotels in the capital are members of the association, though smaller B&Bs are not.

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