Anti-Racists -V- Nazi-Irving
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Who is David Irving?
Irving is a Holocaust denier and a fascist. He was jailed in Austria in 2006 for speeches in which he had said that the Holocaust was a myth, and that it was time to end the “gas chamber fairy tale”. The judge stated that David Irving “associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-nazism”. In a libel case in 2000, David Irving was described by Judge Gray of the British High Court as “An active Holocaust denier…..anti-Semitic and racist….he associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism”.
David Irving has been invited to speak in UCC by the Philosophical Society, yet because if his Holocaust denials and pro-fascist and racist views he has been banned from Germany, Austria, Italy, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Addressed fascist gatherings!
In Britain David Irving has addressed meetings which have been organised by the fascist British National Party and “stewarded” by the fascist terrorist organization Combat 18. In 1991 he spoke at meetings in Canada, which were guarded by members of the white supremacist Aryan Resistance Movement. Members of the Ku Klux Klan have attended invitation only meetings addressed by Irving in the United States and Irving has also spoken at meetings in Germany organised by former members of Hitler’s SS!
Deutschland fur Deutscher – Auslander Raus
In an article written by Michael Kapel in 1996 he describes the scene at an early-morning street rally attended by 500 neo-nazis and addressed by David Irving in Halle, Germany in 1991: “In groups of three or four skinheads emerge from back alleys and out of cars forming a sea of shaved scalps, military fatigues and black commando boots… Deutschland fur Deutscher – Auslander Raus (Germany for Germans, Foreigners Out) they chant…Only the night before the immigrant hostels near Halle had been attacked Flags of the German eagle and the iron cross flutter in the morning breeze. As the comrades meet the Nazi salute is given.”
The “right wing extremists” whom the British High Court judge found David Irving to be an associate of include organisations which have carried out murderous and violent attacks on blacks, Asians, Jews, gays, socialists and trade unionists. David Irving is not just a misguided historian with confused historical views or someone who is genuinely attempting to get to the “truth” of what happened in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. The purpose of Irving’s speaking tours is not to politely debate history. They are recruitment campaigns for fascist organisations. David Irving has real links to fascist organisations.
Some quotes from David Irving
“I have visited Hitler’s eyrie at Berchtersgarten – I regard it as a shrine”.
“Auschwitz was not an extermination camp. There were no gas chambers there. I think they were a figment of British wartime propaganda”.
Organise to stop fascism
Socialists and anti-fascists believe that we must organise to stop the growth of fascist ideas. Adolf Hitler said: – “Only one thing could have broken our movement – if the adversary had understood its principle, and from the first day had smashed, with the most extreme brutality, the nucleus of our new movement”. We must learn the lesson of history. If Hitler and the Nazi Party had been physically stopped from organising and spreading their fascist ideas then the lives of the 55 million people who died in World War II and the six million Jews who were slaughtered in the extermination camps would have been spared.
Withdraw the invitation
The UCC Philosophical Society should withdraw its invitation to David Irving and failing this we call on all students to join the protest to oppose the fascist David Irving on Monday 10 March 6.30pm Boole Basement.