Subject: Holocaust-denier David
Irving in Portland, OR Date: 14 Oct 1994 03:47:02 -0400
HOLOCAUST-DENIER David Irving spoke at the Colonial
Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon last Monday
night, 10/10/94. The church claims to have been unaware of
Mr. Irving's anti-semitic agenda.
However, church leaders refused to cancel the event even
when they were informed of Mr. Irving's agenda. The event
was apparently organized by Northwest Concerned, a neo-Nazi
Mr. Irving spoke to a by-invitation-only audience in the
church. No reporters were allowed inside to hear the
A group of approximately 150 individuals demonstrated
outside the church to protest the event.
Two arrests occured at the event:
Derek K. Stenzil was arrested for violating the terms
of his probation on a 1993 assault charge. Stenzil is a
leader of Northwest Concerned, the neo-Nazi group involved
in the arrangements for Mr. Irving's appearance.
Alaric Brown was arrested for disorderly conduct and
resisting arrest, after having allegedly spat upon David
The Oregonian newspaper reported
on the story the next morning with the headline,
"Protester spits on Holocaust dissenter."
Complaints have been made to the church about its having
provided a venue to Mr. Irving. Suggestions have been made
that Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church issue an apology
to its membership and to the community.
has also been suggested that the church fund, publicize and
host a true educational program on the Holocaust as a way of
repairing the damage.