27 September 2010
A human rights group in Poland is taking legal action against the British revisionist David Irving for “minimizing” the scale of Nazi atrocities, the ‘Jerusalem Post’ reports. Irving is currently on a tour of former Nazi death camps and the Warsaw Ghetto. The Open Republic Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia lodged a complaint with the Institute of National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) last week, claiming Irving was seeking to “minimize” the scale of Nazi crimes as well as deny the extermination program in his book ‘Hitler’s War’, which was recently published in Polish.
"Let’s not wait for the moment when David Irving commits a new crime in Poland; the evidence indicates clearly that he has already committed this crime,” the organization said in its complaint to IPN, which prosecutes both Nazi and Communist era crimes. Dariusz Gabrel of Open Republic was quoted by the ‘Jerusalem Post’ as saying: “Material evidence clearly shows that he has broken the law. Poland, the country in which the Nazis committed their crimes against humanity, should be especially sensitive to Irving’s kind of crime.”
Irving arrived in Poland on Tuesday to lead his much criticized tour of Nazi sites, which is expected to attract a number of far-right sympathizers from across Europe who will pay more than US$ 2,500 each. Advertising material for the tour promises an experience far removed from the “tourist attractions of Auschwitz.” However, the museum at Auschwitz has banned Irving from giving a guided tour there.
Irving told AP last week he did not deny that millions of Jews were killed by the Nazis but was not afraid to ask "difficult questions" about the Holocaust. He previously argued that many died through disease rather than execution.
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