Skip to comments.Austria arrests Irving over Holocaust
Posted on 11/17/2005 5:17:01 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
VIENNA (Reuters) - Historian David Irving, known for his controversial views on World War Two, has been arrested in Austria on suspicion of denying the Holocaust, an interior ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Irving was arrested on November 11 near the town of Hartberg in the southern province of Styria under a warrant issued in 1989, interior ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said.
"He is on remand in Vienna," Gollia said.
Asked what Irving had been arrested for, Gollia said: "It is to do with ... Holocaust denial."
The spokesman declined to comment on whether or when he would be charged.
A High Court ruling in 2000 rejecting Irving's libel action against an American professor and her publishers declared Irving "an active Holocaust denier ... anti-Semitic and racist".
Denying the holocaust is a crime in Austria which carries a sentence of 1-10 years.
Irving's Web site (www.fpp.co.uk) said he had been invited by students to address a university association in Vienna. In a message dated November 11, it said he was on a one-day visit to the Austrian capital.
... and boy, they oughtta know.
This could get interesting, if it ever gets to trial. You think maybe Irving and his friends in Austria orchestrated this arrest?
Am I to understand that it's against the law in Austria to deny that the Holocaust happened? That's worse than the Holocaust.
Just wondering....had Arafat or any other high-profile Arab politician made some sort of similar statement?
...and in Germany, and the Netherlands, and France...and soon to come to the good old U.S.of A. when the ADL gets Congress to pass "hate speech" laws. Just do a Google search for Ernst Zundel, Germar Rudolf and David Irving for a real wake up call. All three are in prison for ideas, not crimes. Two of which were deported from the U.S. by "Homeland Security" on bogus immigration violation charges, while thousands of criminals swarm across the Southern border daily. Don't you feel safer?
"I like it. What was done to the Jews was beyond barbarism, it was the very essence of evil and hatred."
I see you're no friend of the First Amendment.
I was thinking more along the lines of taking that guy out back, beating him and tell him the beating never happened.
Then call it a day. ;)
I agree.I think Irving is all wet about the Holocaust but he should not be persecuted for HAVING those views.
Refute him with FACTS.That will serve to be the loudest condemnation of his revisionist theories.
I suggest that you withdraw that statement.
second time today this article has been posted. Poor David Irving boo hoo hoo. Put some zyklon in his wheaties and let's be done with this jerkoff.
I'm not Jewish, but the holocaust did happen and it was evil beyond description. He wasn't arrested here, so no freedom of speech violated. You have the right to say whatever you want. You can say slavery never happened. You can say Pearl Harbor never happened. You can say 9/11 never happened. You can burn the flag and pee on the Bible. But there are consequences and everyone else has a right to be offended. And the Austrians can lock him up if they're offended. It's their country. their law.
But hey, Could be worse. He could have been a Jew in Germany in 1941. Think the Nazis would have violated his freedom of speech?
Works for me!
Oh fine, don't worry about guys who killed 30 million people, because Pedro might get a job picking lima beans.
It is not worse than the Holocaust. If you go to Austria, you obey Austrian law. Just as one would hope people going to the States would obey US law. In this case, especially given Austria's horrific history, the law makes a ton of sense.
The Austrian Constitution has a First Amendment?
As a Jew, I find these laws terribly embarrassing.