British historian David Irving has been jailed for 3 years in Austria for “denying the Holocaust of European Jewry” according to the BBC.
This is utterly wrong at several levels.
Firstly it is a violation of free speech and makes a mockery of Europe’s high minded claims of late surrounding the cartoon controversy.
Secondly, Irving has stated openly and unequivocally that he does NOT deny the holocaust took place.
He did 15 years ago because in his professional opinion as expert historian of the Nazi era he could not see sufficient evidence for the claim. Now he does and says so openly.
I find it deeply shocking that people can be jailed in 21st century Europe for expressing opinions about historical facts.