Holocaust-denying historian Irving in Poland

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Holocaust-denying British historian David Irving arrived Tuesday in Poland to begin a nine-day tour of World War II Nazi German sites in Poland.

"I am now in Warsaw and I am not at liberty to discuss my itinerary as I am sure you understand for security reasons," Irving told AFP Tuesday via telephone.

"I will be in Poland for the next nine days," Irving said, confirming a week-long guided tour of World War II and Holocaust-related sites he is leading to Poland from September 21-29.

Irving was found guilty of denying the holocaust by Austria in 2006.

In a brochure published on his Focal Point Publications website, Irving calls the tour an "unforgettable journey" and a chance to see "real history".

It includes a visit to the former Treblinka death camp, in Eastern Poland, where more than 800,000 people, mostly Jews, were murdered.

A trip to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's "Wolf's Lair" headquarters at Ketrzyn in northeastern Poland and to the base of SS commander Heinrich Himmler were also on the itinerary, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

Holocaust survivors and anti-racism groups have slammed Irving's plans, even calling on Polish authorities to ban his visit.

Irving refused to specify Tuesday whether he planned to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau World War II Nazi German death camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland.

© 2010 AFP

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