David Irving arrested at gunpoint in Austria
Who is David Irving?
". . . a British historian, David Irving, perhaps the greatest living authority on the Nazi era . . ." Stephen Spender, New York Times Review of Books [full text]
"SUCH PEOPLE AS David Irving
have an indispensable part in the historical enterprise, and we dare not disregard their views." Professor Gordon C Craig
, The New York Review of Books, September 19, 1996.
"ES IST EIN GLÜCK für uns . . . einen Irving zu haben, der den Historikern zumindest neue Anstöße gibt." Professor Hans Mommsen
, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum, 1978: now see his panic!
Charakterschweine gibt es ja überall.
"FOR BETTER or for worse . . . the best known historians of the Nazi era are now [Daniel] Goldhagen and the British writer David Irving."-- Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol. 11, no. 3 (Oxford University Press, in association with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum).
Prison authorities are holding back Mr. Irving's mail and they are electronically blocking all his phone calls to his London home and office, despite a Judge's order.
It is now known that the trial be held before an 8-man jury and three judges (President : Dr Peter Liebetreu) on Feburary 20 (9am) and 21 at the Large Criminal Court, Vienna, Wichenburg gasse 22. Mr Irving has been charged under section 3g of the Verbotsgesetz, Austria's equivalent of Germany's law for the suppression of free speech. This unique law provides for sentences of 1-20 years. Mr Irving is accused of having expressed an illegal opinion during two lectures in Austria in November 1989, 16 years ago. He has visited Austria on more than one occasion since then. Any sentence handed down by the Court will immediately be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights by Mr Irving's well-known and formidable lawyer Dr Elmar Kresbach.
Urgent appeal for funds to assist Mr Irving and his family:
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