Outrage as 'Holocaust-denier' Irving plans €2,000 tours of Polish camps
Published 22/09/2010 | 05:00
The controversial British historian David Irving was met with outrage in Poland yesterday as he claimed the country should be "grateful" that he was running a €2,000 a head "unforgettable" tour of Holocaust sites, including the Treblinka death camp.
Mr Irving said he would "set the record straight" on the Nazis' extermination of six million Jews, despite the fact that an Austrian court sentenced him in 2006 to three years in jail for his 1989 claims that there were no gas chambers in the Third Reich.
He was released and deported to Britain after serving only one year and told the court that his claims had been a mistake.
Mr Irving said: "I am baffled by the reaction I've had in Poland because they should be very grateful that I am here.
"Here I am lecturing to the revisionists and setting the record straight. I am saying to those who believe that not a hair was harmed on the head of the Jewish community that you couldn't be more wrong."
He described people who branded him a Holocaust denier as "criminal, lying lunatics".
A Polish anti-racism group requested a Warsaw court to begin a criminal investigation against Mr Irving in an attempt to block the tour. (© Daily Telegraph, London)