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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Three Year Sentence Handed Out to Holocaust Denier

In Austria, in the town where Hitler was born, Right-wing British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in jail.

His crime denial that the holocaust existed.

According to Yahoo News , Irving before sentencing said:

"I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz," Irving testified, at one point expressing sorrow "for all the innocent people who died during the Second World War."

We would like to suggest that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, consider a vacation in scenic Austria. He also discounts the myth of the holocaust. Perhaps, he could spend some prison time with David Irving and they could work on their myth together.

Wishful thinking would hope that their prison cell window would overlook Auschwitz concentration camp, and they could contemplate what were those gas chambers really used for.


At 12:54 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I am a little lost here. This person will be imprisoned for 3 years saying he doesn't believe in something? Is there more to it? I mean, while I have no doubt the Holocaust survivors and families of victims would be incensed by the remark, but here in the U.S., we have people say the same sort of things about 9/11 and they don't end up in jail.

Do they not have freedom of speech in Austria? I mean, anyone with half a brain knows these claims are preposterous...why give them any weight at all by spending court and press time on the matter.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Hi Melissa, thanks for the comment.

In the U.S. there are some laws that limit the use of free speech here is an example.

Perhaps in Austria they would consider denial of the holocaust fighting words.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I understand that freedom of speech in U.S. is limited in terms of riot causing events or endangering events (fire in a theater).

It just seems like some bozo unable to see his nose in front of his face and dumb enough to deny a world wide known event, should be laughed at and ignored.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Yes, I agree, but you have to take in the fact that many in Austria have remembered relatives that went to the gas chamber. It is really an obnoxious insult to them that people would say the holocaust is a myth.

I agree that in the spirit of free speech this should not be a crime.

But likewise Iran restrains free speech all the time. Speak against the Muslim religion or government and you can expect jail, or worse beheading, or stoning.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Good post Bob. I take issue with David Ervine the HISTORIAN unfortunately he is British.


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