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September 2, 2015 2:31 pm

Holocaust Denier David Irving Spurs Outrage Over Concentration Camp Tours

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Holocaust denier David Irving. Photo: Wikipedia.

Holocaust denier David Irving. Photo: Wikipedia.

Holocaust denier David Irving is causing yet another serious stir in relation to the Nazis — this time by leading exclusive tours of concentration camps.

The controversial historian is charging participants around $3,000 each for a sweeping tour of Poland and Latvia, visiting major Holocaust sites and museums along the way.

Irving has touted his trip as an opportunity to “make up your own mind about the truth” during an “unforgettable journey of a lifetime,” touring sites like the Treblinka and Sobibor extermination camps and Adolf Hitler’s “Wolf’s Lair.”

After taking the group to the “Wolf’s Lair” and Heinrich Himmler’s headquarters, Irving will also deliver a lecture on the former SS commander.

The promotional material for the tour also pokes fun at Poland’s thriving Holocaust tourism industry (pointing, for example, to the fact that the Auschwitz museum recently told travelers to book their tours months in advance, to guarantee a spot). One line reads: “Forget the phony allures, mass-tourism and ‘reconstructions’ of modern-day Auschwitz — the erstwhile slave-labour camp turned into a tourist attraction, complete with hot-dog vendors and souvenir stands!”

Irving’s downplaying of the horrors of the Holocaust fully came to light in 1996, when he sued historian Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin Books, for libeling him in her book,  Denying the Holocaust. But Irving lost, when the U.K. court determined he was indeed an antisemitic Holocaust denier who distorted historical evidence to back up his ideology.

Lipstadt told The Algemeiner this week that this is not the first time Irving has run such tours, and said she could envision a scenario in which Irving is banned from some of his intended tourist destinations — something that would cause a media frenzy and boost his notoriety. Ultimately, she contended, Irving would “proclaim himself the victim,” and receive “invitations to speak at universities about the need for free speech and removal of censorship.”

Lipstadt said Iriving has already lectured on these very issues at the Oxford Union, and there “are lots of other venues for him.”

While Holocaust denial is illegal in many European countries, such as France, Poland and Germany, free speech laws in the U.K. protect Irving’s right to espouse his beliefs. He would likely be in better company beyond Europe’s borders, however, judging by an Anti-Defamation League poll conducted in 2014, which revealed that the greatest prevalence of Holocaust doubters — those who have heard of it, but  believe its history is distorted — are in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Many nongovernmental organizations have called for banning Irving’s tours, condemning his lack of respect for the memory of the millions of victims who perished at the hands of the Nazis in WWII. These groups include the Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Never Again Association and the Anti-Defamation League, which lambasted Irving’s profiteering from Holocaust denial, according to the U.K. Daily Mail

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  • “..Yes ..there were gas chambers. Millions of Jews died. There is no question. I don’t know ..figures. I’m not an expert on The Holocaust…” david irving circa 1989.

    “..I think ..like any scientist ..I’d have to give you a range of figures and I’d have to say a minimum of one million ..which is a monstrous crime ..and a maximum of about four million ..depending on what you mean by killed…” david irving in 1995.

    “..I made a mistake by saying there were no gas chambers I am absolutely without doubt that the Holocaust took place. The Nazis did murder millions of Jews.” david irving in 2006.

  • This guy is a Liar. Do not ignore him! Point travellers to the Truth and his plans will unravel!

  • Uriel Priwes

    I hope that this piece of intellectual garbage enjoys his tour of Nazi concentration camps. The only regret I have is that he has not been inside one of the gas chambers some seventy five years ago,when he could have experienced its operation at first (and last) hand.

  • kurt hengl

    “While Holocaust denial is illegal in many European countries, such as France, Poland and Germany, free speech laws in the U.K. protect Irving’s right to espouse his beliefs”.

    Pleaase note that in Austria too Holocaust denial constitutes a crime, for which D. Irving, after lecturing here, was prosecuted and judged.
    Dr. Kurt Hengl, >Vienna

    • Frederick Bluford

      I wonder how Irving and his minions are able to visit Auschwitz and claim that it is a fictional place? I wonder why the Polish Government allows a convicted Holocaust denier to enter their country and conduct their own tour and deliver their own lectures at the Auschwitz site. Will they exhibit the slightest protest as Irving points out barbed wire and ovens and gas chambers and claims that such artifacts don’t really exist?

      I have an idea. My research discloses that the main camp, Auschwitz I, contains 15 square miles; with a perimeter of 3 miles x 5 miles, (16 lineal miles when the perimeter is “walked:. Let’s see Irving lead his minions on a walk around the perimeter while maintaining a steady pace of 3 miles per hour. It will require 5 hours and 20 minutes if they decline to stop for rest breaks, water breaks, washroom breaks, lunch breaks, toilet breaks, etc. Then, let the visitors tell the world how they just walked the border of a place that does not really exist. After all, in their view, there was NO Holocaust.

      Oh, to make it complete, they should also travel around Monowitz and Birkenau and the multiple out buildings. I imagine a very tired group of Holocaust Deniers. Badly in need of a dose of truth and reality.

  • Mr. Irving is a well known author, researcher and an outspoken brave person. The ‘Victors’ of the war can not force every free thinking person worldwide to toe their line of History being pushed down the throats. Why no one is even making a semblance of feelings for the 19 million Native Indians annihilated in the American Holocaust, or several million Aborigines butchered in Australia or the similar Holocaust in which defenceless Maories were finished off in New Zealand or the 6 million Bengalis wiped out in the Bengal famine orchestrated by the tommy goons in India in 1943 ? Any Answers ? The very idea of the continuous outcry about the Jewish problem is only to HIDE their own monstrosity and criminal acts against those people.

    • Richard zuch

      Yours figures on Australian aborigines deaths are totally wrong. Where did you get these numbers from? Unfortunatley aboriginal deaths were abhorant, but rarely recorded, every state in Australia did commit atrocities and 30,000 to 40,000 deaths have been mentioned in Australian history books, but never 2,000,000.