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No. 25, January 20, 2004


What Jamie McCarthy wrote to the Pyramid Brewery:

December 13, 2003


From: Jamie McCarthy
P O Box 20394, Kalamazoo,
MI 49019


phone 269-552-9894


To whom it may concern,

I am one of an international group of volunteers who combat lies about the Holocaust and other forms of antisemitism, chiefly on the internet, The Holocaust History Project.

It came to my attention this afternoon that your brewery has been selected as a meeting place this Monday for an unpleasant Holocaust-denier and antisemite named David Irving. Obviously it is up to your company who you choose to allow to hold meetings on your premises, and I do not want to tell you what to do. Sending this letter will be the extent of my interest in this matter. But in the interest of making an informed decision, and to be prepared, you should know a little about Mr. Irving.

Irving brought and lost a libel suit in his native England four years ago; the judge in his decision noted that Irving "is an active Holocaust denier; he is anti-Semitic and racist and he associated with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism."

He has been a featured speaker for the National Alliance, called "the largest neo-Nazi group in America" by Klanwatch.

Robert Harris notes in his book Selling Hitler (1986) that "Irving was arrested by the Austrian police in Vienna on suspicion of neo-Nazi activity and deported from the country; he is still banned from entry."

Other countries Mr. Irving is banned from, according to, include Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Israel and New Zealand.

He has been quoted as saying: "Hitler was the best friend the Jews had in the Third Reich." "I don't see any reason to be tasteful about Auschwitz. It's baloney, it's a legend." "I say quite tastelessly, in fact, that more women died on the back seta of Edward Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than ever died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz." And he has remarked sarcastically: "I'm going to form an Association of Auschwitz Survivors, Survivors of the Holocaust, and Other Liars, or the asshols."

These quotes can be found at our webpage. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the telephone number or email address above. I would request that you please not share my contact information with Mr. Irving or his associates; I've gotten email bombs and annoying phone calls from that crowd before.


Jamie McCarthy

DAVID IRVING says: "Thanks -- See you in Cincinnati, Labor Day 2004!"

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