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Dan McGuire writes from Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, May 10, 2000


Traditional Enemy has struck at Toronto Libraries


I WENT to the Main Reference Library of Toronto back at the outset of the Lipstadt trial to read up on your books and was told by the librarian there that they had been pulled from the shelves because your views were "controversial".

Intrigued to know more, I asked who had made that decision. The librarian said he didn't know but that if I really wanted to view your books I could make a special petition to access the library's closed stacks.

When I asked who would rule on my petition and on what basis he again pleaded ignorance. He wouldn't look me in the eye and kept fidgetting the whole time we spoke; he seemed quite ashamed of himself and of the library's policies; and he blushed when I told him that Canada was no longer a free country.

Dan McGuire

Website comment: Jewish organisations have used these furtive tactics in connection with Mr Irving's books since 1986 at least, when they targeted Australian libraries in this manner. See too their May 2000 campaign against British libraries. There are currently 46 of Mr Irving's books in Harvard University's Widener Library.

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