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February 20, 2006


Today, self-taught British ‘historian’ – David Irving – has been convicted in Austria of denying the Holocaust and sentenced to three years in prison. David Irving pleaded guilty to the charge, based on a speech and interview he gave in 1989.
He insisted: “I deny that I’m a Holocaust denier. This is a filthy smear….I’ve never been a Holocaust denier and I get very angry when I’m called a Holocaust denier”
He reminded me of Diana Johnstone and Noam Chomsky who both denied that they were Srebrenica Genocide deniers (related link) even after they publicly denied Srebrenica Genocide of around 8,100 Bosniaks.
During his testimony, Irving said: “I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz,” at one point expressing sorrow “for all the innocent people who died during the Second World War.” Well, I am sure that his sorrow is the last thing millions of poor victims need to get from him.
In his vast written publications about the Holocaust, David Irving claimed that until late 1943, Hitler knew nothing of the Holocaust and that he never gave the order for the annihilation of Europe’s Jews. He offered £1,000 to anyone who could produce a written document showing that Hitler had given such an order. His ‘reward’ reminded me of Jared Israel – one of the most offensive Srebrenica Genocide deniers and one of the most vocal Slobodan Milosevic apologists. Jared Israel offered to pay $500 to anyone who can show that Communist dictator “Slobodan Milosevic made a racist statement in any speech or interview at any time.”
Although Holocaust and Genocide denials are currently illegal in Canada, Genocide denials are rarely (if ever) challenged in Canadian courtrooms (at least, I am not aware of any case or cases where Genocide denial was challenged in a Canadian courtroom. Do you?).
There were many opportunities where Srebrenica Genocide denial could had been successfully challenged in a Canadian courtroom. For example, mass sales of Diana Johnstone’s Srebrenica Genocide denial book in Canada (Fool’s Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions) constituted good cause for legal action. However, disorganized Bosnian community did nothing to challenge this Srebrenica genocide denial book (although, it’s not too late to do something). As a result – copies of Diana Johnstone’s book can be freely purchased from many bookstores and even borrowed from most libraries in Canada.
Currently, a number of European countries have laws against public Holocaust denial (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, etc), including Germany and Austria. Hopefully, one day, Serbia and other Balkan countries (including Bosnia-Herzegovina) will implement similar laws against Srebrenica Genocide denial.
If that day comes, it would trully be a huge step forward towards lasting peace in the Balkans and Europe.
  1. Anonymous
    February 22, 2006 at 12:53 am

    wow. this is incredibly vindictive and viscious commentary. it seems like you are more interested in causing people pain then finding any kind of truth and peace. hmmm.

  2. Anonymous
    March 18, 2006 at 7:06 am

    You’re mistaken about Canada and holocaust denial: it is not illegal to deny the holocaust per se but what may be illegal is doing it in a manner “that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination” (section 319 of the CC)

    Why would you make it illegal anyway ? That’s akin to asking the state to establish an Official Version of an historical event. That’s the kind of things communist dictators do.

  3. Nasir
    May 17, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Making illegal the Denial of genocide is a difficult area. On the one hand it’s anti-democratic and on the other it’s important not to forget the suffering of the innocent. Perhaps the best wa is simply to not give such people support or acknowledgement.The pervious comment about the state establishing an Official version of a historical event is unfortunately not an idea confined to Communism – Austria here is a prime example.

  4. Owen
    May 19, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Nasir, genocide denial is not simply a matter of forgetting the suffering of the innocent. It’s not a question of allowing space for examination of new evidence and honest re-interpretation. It’s fraud and political manipulation.

  5. Syed
    August 15, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Owen, in what sense is genocide denial "fraud and political manipulation."?

  6. owen
    August 16, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Syed, 1f I work persistently through wilful misrepresentation to undermine confidence in a truth that has been authoritatively established and the effect is to create a situation from which some individuals will undeservedly benefit or by which others will be undeservedly harmed, I am engaging in fraud and political manipulation.

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