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David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On

News ArchiveThis July, David Irving, a British neo-fascist and fraudulent historian, goes on the road in the United States, planning to hold approximately one and a half dozen speaking engagements over the course of a month. As militant anti-racists and anti-fascists, we are making a public call for resistance at each stop along the way of this tour.

Who is David Irving?

David Irving is a British writer of histories who has been involved with the fascist political scene since the 1960s. Always known for the pro-Hitler bias of his books, approximately two decades ago Irving made the transition to being a fully-fledged Holocaust-denier, when he testified at the trial of neo-Nazi Ernst Zündel in Canada, and also arranged the publication of Fred Leuchter’s widely-refuted report on gas chambers at Auschwitz. In addition to spreading blatant historical lies, Irving has publicly stated that “The Jews are the architects of their own misfortune”. Unsurprisingly, Irving has been an extremely popular speaker at neo-Nazi rallies in Germany.

In the British libel case Irving v. Penguin Books and Lipstadt, the final ruling in favor of the defendants confirmed that Irving “is an active Holocaust denier” and that “he is anti-Semitic and racist and that he associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism.” In 2006, Irving was jailed in Austria after pleading guilty to a charge of “trivializing the Holocaust”, which is a crime in that county. Since his release, Irving has been marketing himself as a former “political prisoner”.

Why Oppose These Events?

Irving’s current tour focuses on “"Re-writing history, using the decoded Nazi messages" (see: http://www. focal. org/speaks/index.html). The re-writing of Third Reich history—especially in relation to the Nazi “Final Solution” for Europe’s Jewish population—is a major preoccupation for modern neo-Nazis and neo-fascists, who correctly believe that memory of the Holocaust is a significant barrier to the mainstreaming of their beliefs. The Holocaust is denied so that, paradoxically, it can be repeated. Wherever Irving appears, he is backed and promoted by virulent anti-Semites and fascist organizers.

Irving’s bogus history is both blatantly offensive and incorrect. However, we oppose Irving not for what he thinks, but rather for what he does. As the name of his own publishing project suggests, Irving serves as a “focal point” to bring Jew-haters and goose-steppers together. He is part of a political tendency that is actively organizing for ethnic and racial hostilities, and in particular to persecute Jewish people. (James von Brunn’s murder of a security guard at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one recent example of where this anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi tendency can lead. Von Brunn moved within many of the same circles that promote Irving’s work.)

We believe that fascist activism and movement-building should meet with organized resistance. As the Anti-Racist Action Network states in its Points of Unity:

“Whenever fascists are organizing or active in public, we're there. We don't believe in ignoring them or staying away from them. Never let the nazis have the street!”

We invite you to help this effort along, by organizing in your own community.

When and Where?

At present, the dates for Irving’s speaking tour are as follows:

July 3 Friday: Kansas City, 19:00
July 6 Monday: Oklahoma City, 19:00
July 8 Wednesday: Albuquerque, 19:00
July 10 Friday: Phoenix, 19:00
July 12 Sunday: Las Vegas, buffet, 19:00
July 13 Monday: Salt Lake City, buffet, 19:00
July 15 Wednesday: Boise, buffet, 19:00
July 16 Thursday: Spokane, buffet, 19:00
July 18 Saturday: Seattle 15:00
July 19 Sunday: Portland, OR, buffet, 15:00
July 22 Wednesday: Sacramento, buffet,18:30
July 23 Thursday: San Francisco, buffet 18:30
July 25 Saturday: Costa Mesa, 18:30
July 26 Sunday: Sherman Oaks, 15:00
July 29 Wednesday: Denver, 19:00
July 30 Thursday: Omaha, 19:00
July 31 Friday: Chicago incl. de luxe dinner, 19:00

The exact location of Irving’s talk in each city has not been made public, due to Irving’s fear of encountering the opposition he so richly deserves. Any determined group of individuals ought to be able to pinpoint the event location in their city, however. Many of these events are probably booked under false pretexts, and venue owners may not necessarily know who they are hosting.

Further dates may be added (or subtracted!) as the tour progresses. Irving also plans to speak on the East Coast later this year, although dates have not been announced for this yet. Let’s set the tone for the East Coast wing of Irving’s tour right now!

No platform for fascists, no compromise!

- Rose City Antifa / Portland ARA
fight_them_back [at] riseup [dot] net
971.533.7832 (voicemail)

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David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On | 14 comments | Create New Account
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David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: JBizzle on Thursday, July 02 2009 @ 05:53 PM CDT
I wish this would've been posted sooner. I live in Kansas City, and a day is not enough time to find out. Maybe?
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: dkar on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 10:17 PM CDT
What I find completely perplexing about the viewers on this 'anarchist' web site is that they are more than prepared to question authority and the validity of anything stated by certain government, corporate, or financial entities, but they are completely willing to take, at face value, the statements of someone like Antifa or others who want them to automatically fall into step, believe, and act upon what the state as fact.

As anarchists, shouldn't you be validating EVERYTHING that is being told to you, not just what it told by people that you feel are opposed to your point of view?

I also find it interesting that "big brother", that is the maintainers of this supposedly anarchist web site, has deleted the posts of the discussion regarding this topic? I will find it not too surprising if this very message is deleted as well.

Wow...so much for individual, non-mainstream thought on this site. Might as well start listening to CNN...
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: butternut on Monday, July 06 2009 @ 03:59 AM CDT
"but they are completely willing to take, at face value, the statements of someone like Antifa or others who want them to automatically fall into step, believe, and act upon what the state as fact."

WE ARE ANTIFA, neo-Nazi scum!
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: anarkid on Thursday, July 02 2009 @ 10:45 PM CDT
All I'll say is he better not try to come to North Carolina.
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: 052590 on Friday, July 03 2009 @ 03:11 PM CDT
Not in Denver.

Call all your friends.
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: Mariano on Friday, July 03 2009 @ 03:12 PM CDT
As we remember the Holocaust during times such as these let us note that supposed champion of reason, the militant activist atheist Sam Harris, lays the blame for the Holocaust and all Jewish suffering on the Jew themselves!

There is a succinct point about this and Sam Harris’ quote at this URL:
http://atheismisdead.blogspot.com/200...blame.html
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: cyberrifles on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 07:32 PM CDT
It is their fault. Hitler failed to do a good enough job and we are paying the price now.
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: cyberrifles on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 07:35 PM CDT
I agree!
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: Catleugh on Saturday, July 04 2009 @ 04:14 PM CDT
Have you ever actually read any of his books? Most of his critics have not.
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: cyberrifles on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 07:39 PM CDT
I have read as many of his book I can get my hands on. He locates original material unlike the other hack writers who feed off of each other.
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: Florian on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 06:55 PM CDT
Who'd have thought it? I post a comment about having actually been to a couple of talks in the UK by historian David Irving - offering a first hand account about the LACK of Holocaust denial material in his discussions and my post gets deleted. So much for free speech! At least it shows who the real Fascists are.

Best wishes (once again) from the UK.

Florian.
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: cyberrifles on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 07:33 PM CDT
I agree!
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: dkar on Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 10:06 PM CDT
What I find completely perplexing about the viewers on this 'anarchist' web site is that they are more than prepared to question authority and the validity of anything stated by certain government, corporate, or financial entities, but they are completely willing to take, at face value, the statements of someone like Antifa or others who want them to automatically fall into step, believe, and act upon what the state as fact.

As anarchists, shouldn't you be validating EVERYTHING that is being told to you, not just what it told by people that you feel are opposed to your point of view?

I also find it interesting that "big brother", that is the maintainers of this supposedly anarchist web site, has deleted the posts of the discussion regarding this topic? I will find it not too surprising if this very message is deleted as well.

Wow...so much for individual, non-mainstream thought on this site. Might as well start listening to CNN...
David Irving’s Holocaust-Denial Speaking Tour: The Show that Must Not Go On
Authored by: Neal on Monday, July 06 2009 @ 10:12 PM CDT
My comments re Irving and his writings have been deleted!? What sort of independent news service is Infoshop News when they can't maintain basic open and ethical journalistic standards regarding freedom of speech?