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August 31 2013

David Irving - the hate that dare not speak its name

David Irving - the hate that dare not speak its name

Irving, 75, is justly paranoid about security. During a career spanning 50 years and more than 30 books, he has emerged from relative respectability to become a notorious revisionist historian, and a target for anti-fascist demonstrators. In 2000, he lost a £2m libel action against the US historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books. The judge ruled that Irving “is an active Holocaust denier; that he is anti-Semitic and racist”.

Five years later, Irving was sentenced to three years in an Austrian prison for “trivialising, grossly playing down and denying the Holocaust”. He was released after 13 months and banned from returning to the country. He has also been banned from Canada, Italy and Germany.

After a period of relative quiet, Irving has now returned to publicise his unfinished book about Heinrich Himmler, founder of the SS and architect of the Holocaust. A series of talks began on 18 August in Southampton. Stops since have included Bristol, Coventry, Manchester and Edinburgh. He is due to speak in Oxford tonight, and in London on 21 December.

Eventually, we come to the Holocaust. Since his conviction the historian has denied denying the Holocaust, conceding that millions of Jews did die in gas chambers. But in Peterborough he says: “If you read the memoirs of Churchill or Eisenhower or de Gaulle, they don’t mention it at all. It never happened as far as they were concerned.” In around 1970, he adds, the Jews were “advised by a PR firm to give it one name, stick to that name, and stick to those figures and gradually you’ll make billions out of this. That’s what happened.”

#négationnisme #antisémitisme #racisme

June 29 2013

« On est venus finir le travail des nazis »

«On est venus finir le travail des nazis»

Elle ouvre sa porte garnie d'une mezouzah. Face à elle, le couple de jeunes voisins bien propres sur eux qui, depuis des semaines, hurlent dans l'escalier que les Juifs n'ont rien à foutre ici. À une heure du matin, à trois heures du matin, à cinq heures du matin, ils tambourinent à la porte pendant de longues minutes, hurlent « sales Juifs », « Juifs puants » et tout ce que l'#antisémitisme a pu produire comme horreurs… Mais ce 24 mai, c'est à 10h30 qu'ils frappent à la porte. La femme est dans son chez-soi, au téléphone avec sa grand-mère. Elle raccroche, va à la porte. Elle se demande ce qu'ils veulent. Elle est seule dans l'appartement. Elle ouvre. « On est venus finir le travail des nazis », disent le garçon et la fille qui sont face à elle. Incrédule, n'ayant pas bien compris ce que ces jeunes voulaient, la femme répond « faites ce que vous avez à faire ». Alors, les deux se ruent sur elle. La femme la prend à la gorge, l'homme la cogne, ils la jettent au sol. Elle perd conscience.

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