Right-wing historian Irving to be tried in Austria

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18 January 2006, VIENNA - British right-wing radical David Irving, presently in pre-trial custody in Vienna, is writing his memoirs, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel.

18 January 2006

VIENNA - British right-wing radical David Irving, presently in pre-trial custody in Vienna, is writing his memoirs, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel.

"Perhaps I should call them 'My War'," 67-year-old Irving was quoted as saying. He is due to go on trial on February 20 under Austria's anti-Nazi laws. "I would be less confident if I didn't know that the intellectuals of the world are on my side," he declared.

Irving has been in jail in Austria since soon after he entered the country in mid-November at the invitation of the German-nationalist "Olympia" student fraternity. Police arrested him driving his car on a motorway in Styria province.

Just beforehand, Irving had caused controversy with two lectures in Vienna and the town of Leoben. He denied the existence of Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz, and of Hitler's persecution of the Jews, claiming instead that the Nazi dictator had "held his hand protectively over them."

Irving also alleged that Nazi pogroms against Jews had been committed by "unknown" persons disguised in the uniforms of Hitler's elite force SA.

He now faces charges under Paragraph 3 of Austria's banning laws on Nazi revivalism, which carry a maximum penalty of ten years' imprisonment.

A report in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung meanwhile said Irving was on a list of possible participants in a conference planned at an unknown date by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give an "academic" front to his anti-Jewish polemic.

Others on the list included such questionable so-called "experts" as Morst Mahler, who converted from being a member of the radical left-wing German terror group RAF to a neo-Nazi, Israeli journalist Israel Shamir who converted to Christianity, American revisionist Arthur Butz and his French colleague Robert Faurisson.

DPA

Subject: German news

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