By Michael Hoffman
This is the season of joy and this writer is more hopeful about the future than many of my colleagues in the revisionist world. Yet, when I meditate on our shortcomings dark clouds can gather. One of these is our amnesia about our own recent history and our apathy about memorializing it. Vicki Weaver and her young son were killed by Federal agents in 1992 at Ruby Ridge, here in Idaho. There is no statue to the victims or any memorial of any kind. Had she been a Leftist or a Zionist her supporters would have cared enough to be sure her murder and that of her child were not forgotten. What about us?
The most intrepid, effective and selfless civil libertarian lawyer of the past thirty years was the Canadian Doug Christie (1946-2013), who wore himself out flying from one end of his huge native land to the other, defending in court Ernst Zündel, Imre Finta and dozens of other dissidents, many of them indigent. He deserves a biography, a memorial and a North American scholarship in his name to encourage law students to emulate his example.
Years ago I thought of creating and publishing an annual calendar that would document all of the heretofore unsung outrages and injustices— as well as the victories and the struggles and important dates in revisionist history — which folks like the Weavers, attorneys like Christie, and writers and activists in our ranks such as Robert Faurisson, Ernst Zündel and David Irving, have undergone. My all-consuming vocation writing books has precluded my ambition for undertaking this educational and inspirational project. Surely there is someone else who can do it — and do it well?
One of the dates that should be on such a calendar, December 6, 2006, has arrived. Historian David Irving was arrested by Austrian police in the autumn of 2005 . His thought crime was a speech he gave years before in Austria, based on his history books. He remained in prison until his show trial in Vienna on Feb. 20, 2006, where he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment. After having been in solitary confinement for more than a year, he was released on probation; that was ten years ago today, Dec. 6, 2006.
Sewer covers were off and the pound-of-flesh gang was in full dudgeon: "I am sorry that he did not serve out his full term, and I hope he will remain in Austria and not return to the United Kingdom, where he will not be welcome.” — Lord Janner, World Jewish Congress and Commonwealth Jewish Council, Dec. 20, 2006
"It is unfortunate that...the Austrian court saw fit to reduce Irving’s sentence to probation...” — Iris Rosenberg, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Many other rabbis and Zionists around the world expressed similar merciless, inquisitorial sentiments toward the historian.
A timeline is here. ’Tis the season to remember!
David Irving's remarks:
"We are approaching Christmas and a date almost more important: December 6 is the tenth anniversary of the date when five wise Viennese judges sitting in the Austrian Court of Appeal ordered my immediate release from prison: I had been ambushed in Vienna and held for over a year in solitary confinement for “Wiederbetätigung,” a mysterious political offense created by Stalinist courts in 1945; I was accused of trying, with my famous biographies, to “reactivate” the German Nazi party. The decision rescued me, and I was able to get back to England and my little girl, and resume writing Real History.
"The following day saw the unleashing of a Press campaign against the judges who ordered my release. Prof. Deborah Lipstadt, who a year earlier had told the press it was wrong to lock me up, announced to the US newspapers straight-faced that it was now totally wrong to release me. As you know, some people are hard to satisfy! My daughters are now all grown up, and Lipstadt has written a movie, which is as truthful as only Hollywood movies can be, funded by millions of Hollywood dollars, attacking me. It has been going around since September. Its very first scene is a lie."
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