ADL Says Prison Term Only Hardened David Irving's Extremist Views
New York, NY, December 22, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said that convicted Holocaust denier David Irving "has only hardened his views" despite having spent 13 months in an Austrian prison. At a news conference in London following his early release from a three-year prison term, Irving indicated that he has "no remorse" for openly expressing his views.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement:
David Irving has never renounced his Holocaust denial. The judge who released him was sorely mistaken in the conclusion that Irving was somehow reformed by his imprisonment. Clearly, 13 months in prison did not reform the man, and only hardened his views on the Holocaust.
Irving's legal contretemps in Austria and the United Kingdom have shown him for who he really is -- an avowed racist, an anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier. At his press conference in London, Irving repeated the discredited lies that are the calling card of Holocaust deniers: diminishing the number of victims and claiming that disease, not extermination, was the cause of death for many in the Nazi death camps.
As evidenced by the recent Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, to which David Irving was extended an invitation, and at which his books and papers were on display, Holocaust denial is alive and well, thanks in large part to the handiwork of Irving and other pseudo-historians like him who would deny Israel and Jews their history and legitimacy as a people.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.