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Luke Harding in Berlin
Friday December 2, 2005
Austria's authorities were facing acute embarrassment yesterday after it emerged that the controversial historian David Irving had discovered two of his books inside the prison where he was held last month. Irving stumbled across copies of Hitler's War and Schlacht im Eismeer (Battle in the Arctic Sea) while browsing through the 6,400-volume library of Graz's prison, where he was taken after his arrest three weeks ago.
A delighted Irving asked warders if he could sign his own works. They agreed. Irving then wrote the following dedication: "Hi - I'm the unknown prisoner. I send my greetings to all the other unknown prisoners in this house."
Yesterday Josef Adam, the head of Graz prison, told the Guardian he had no idea how the works of a leading Nazi apologist had ended up on his shelves. "It's incredible. I've looked at the index cards. His books have only been taken out four or five times over the past 20 years. Most of our prisoners prefer reading thrillers or encyclopedias. They like the pictures." The library had withdrawn the books from circulation, Mr Adam said.
Irving, who is barred from Austria, was detained near Graz after slipping into the country to address a meeting of rightwing students. He faces charges of denying the Holocaust. After spending a week on remand in Graz Irving was transferred to a prison in Vienna. The book found in the library, Hitler's War, makes clear Irving's discredited view that Hitler knew little or nothing about the murder of Jews. His two books were published in the 1980s.
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The book found in the (Graz Prison) library, Hitler's War, makes clear Irving's discredited view that Hitler knew little or nothing about the murder of Jews.
Irving's discredited view??
Is there a link to a document signed by Hitler or records of a meeting attended by Hitler that either orders or considers executing detention camp inmates?
If Holocaust researchers have found none during the 28 years since Hitler's War, Irving's view has been "confirmed", not "discredited". It's amazing the distortion and outright lies these journalists and editors get away with.
"For in the table talk, the speeches, the documents or the recollections of participants from all those years not a single concrete reference of [Hitler's] to the practice of annihilation has come down to us. When we consider that he ordinarily transformed everything that preoccupied him into rampant speechmaking, that he never concealed his radicalism, his vulgarity, his readiness to go to extremes, this silence about the central concern of his life- involving, as it did in his mind, the salvation of the world - seems all the stranger."
-Joachim C. Fest, Hitler (New York: Vintage Books, 1975), p.681.
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