This headline is astonishing. Laws against holocaust denial are REAL and punishable in certain EU states!!!- or is it in all of them? At any rate, this is in stark comparison to the laws in Turkey, where the REVERSE is an offense against the state. Whatever- apparently it’s considered lawful ‘freedom of speech’ when 1.5 billion Muslims are offended, but you’re in big trouble when you insult a few million Jews. I expect to see another round of protests by Muslims, against the imprisonment ‘historian’ David Irving. I am strictly pro-Israel, but I have little tolerance for such hypocrisy. -AT
Feb 20, 12:44 PM (ET)
By VERONIKA OLEKSYN VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Right-wing British historian David Irving pleaded guilty Monday to charges of denying the Holocaust and was sentenced to three years in prison after conceding he was wrong to say there were no Nazi gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Irving, handcuffed and wearing a navy blue suit, arrived in court carrying a copy of one of his most controversial books - "Hitler's War," which challenges the extent of the Holocaust.
"I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz," Irving told the court before his sentencing.
He had faced up to 10 years in prison.