Charges brought against Holocaust denier Irving
23 November 2005, VIENNA - The public prosecutor in Vienna on Tuesday brought charges against right-wing extremist historian David Irving, 67, following the arrest of the British Holocaust denier on November 11.
23 November 2005
VIENNA - The public prosecutor in Vienna on Tuesday brought charges against right-wing extremist historian David Irving, 67, following the arrest of the British Holocaust denier on November 11.
Irving's trial by jury could start in a Viennese court as early as the beginning of next year, APA news agency reported.
The historian is accused of having denied the existence of gas chambers in Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp at two lectures given 16 years ago in Vienna and Leoben.
The denial of Nazi crimes can be punished in Austria by up to 20 years in jail in especially serious cases.
The author of two extremely controversial biographies of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was arrested in the Austrian province of Steiermark.
He was previously arrested for the first time in Austria in 1984 and deported to Germany.
As Irving repeated his theories in Austria in 1989, a "repeat offender" arrest warrant was issued for him that year.
Irving maintained in his books among other theories that Hitler knew nothing about the extermination of the Jews.
The historian also held the view that there were no gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek camps.
It is widely accepted that some 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis up to the end of the Second World War in 1945, many by gas poisoning in special chambers set up in concentration camps.
Subject: German news