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Monday, February 20, 2006

Holocaust Denier Gets Prison

Should he have perhaps gone to Denmark rather than Austria to make speeches?

An AP article in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer gives some of the details:

Monday, February 20, 2006 · Last updated 1:07 p.m. PT
Holocaust denier gets three years in jail
VIENNA, Austria -- Right-wing British historian David Irving pleaded guilty Monday to denying the Holocaust and was sentenced to three years in prison, even after conceding he wrongly said there were no Nazi gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

I wonder: What makes Irving "right-wing" in the reporter's opinion? The Nazis were leftists, so if his efforts at minimizing their murderous acts form the basis of her opinion, she's wrong.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh? The Nazis were leftists?
What about the Soviets?

Going to jail because you don't believe in the Holocaust is harsh. In America, people are free to walk around believing all sorts or ignorant, stupid-ass stuff.

February 20, 2006 10:48 PM  
Blogger Micajah said...

Yes, the Nazis were leftists. Their economic policies were similar to FDR's "New Deal" in several ways.

The Nazis were to the right of the Communists, but that doesn't make them "right-wing."

It's no longer in print here in the U.S., but you can probably find this book through an interlibrary loan as I did:

Nazi Economics: Ideology, Theory and Policy
Avraham Barkai
Pub. Date: November 1990
Publisher: Yale University Press

It's available for purchase at Berg Publishers. I've been tempted several times to add it to my personal library.

February 21, 2006 11:52 AM  

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