David Irving: Austrian prosecutors file Holocaust denial chargesHistorians in the News
Irving, an expert on the Third Reich who has claimed that Adolf Hitler knew nothing about the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews, was detained November 11 in the southern province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989 that makes Holocaust denial a crime.
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Bradley Smith - 3/5/2008
Irving has been in jail for going on two weeks now. Will there be those in the academic community who will protest the arrest of an independent historian for thought crimes? If it is proper for such States as Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and so on to arrest, prosecute, and imprison historians for thought crimes, why should it not be the case in America?
Bradley Smith - 3/5/2008
I'll bite. Irving went rather his own way with his work, a dangerous business in the intellectual world of Nazi Germany. The Austrian Government does not approve of those historians who go their own way, and is willing to inprison those who misbehave. Sounds like Nazi Germany to me.
We don't know how it appears to the American academic class, those who should be most concerned. They prefer the role of obedience to power, that of being mere "bystanders."
Rings a bell for me.
Tom Sweetnam - 12/12/2005
So who's more rabid in their emulation of the Nazi Party here: David Irving or the Government of Austria?
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