(Portland, Oregon), October 11, 1994
Protester spits on
By TOM BATES
of The Oregonian staff
BRITISH AUTHOR David Irving was spat on Monday
night as he entered a Southeast Portland church to present
his controversial views on the Holocaust to a small,
incident occurred at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church as
Irving, who claims the Holocaust has been exaggerated, was
pressing his way through a crowd of about 150 vocal
demonstrators outside the small church. Because of intense
opposition to his views from the Coalition for Human Dignity
and other local groups, Irving had tried unsuccessfully to
keep the whereabouts of his private appearance secret.
alleged spitter, Alaric Brown, 21, of Southeast
Portland, scuffled with police who were trying to escort him
through a crowd of demonstrators to a waiting squad car. He
was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting
also arrested Derek K. Stenzil for violating the
terms of his probation on a 1993 assault charge. Stenzil is
a leader of Northwest Concerned, a neo-Nazi group involved
in the arrangements for Irving's appearance.
has written books questioning the almost universally
accepted figure of 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.
He claims the actual number was far lower &emdash; in the
hundreds of thousands, and that the "industrial scale"
murder of Jews by gassing is a myth.
appeared shaken as he autographed books for invited guests,
who included both elderly German-speaking couples and burly
young men with shaved heads.
is the only state where there is such vicious and mindless
opposition," he said, noting that he had tried to speak to
his critics outside but was prevented from doing so.
last visit to Oregon, in 1992, also was disrupted. Since
then, he said, he has been banned from entering Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. British
bookstores that carry his titles have had
their windows smashed, he said, and he has had to devise
an escape route for his wife and child at their home in the
posh Mayfair section of London.
his plight with that of the condemned Iranian writer Salman
Rushdie, he said that "free speech is at stake."
were not allowed to listen to his lecture. Outside,
protesters chanted "He's just a liar &emdash; Holocaust
should be executed just like the people he denies were
executed," said Portland resident Jay Svensson, 20, who
described himself as a "working-class skinhead."
Layton of the Coalition
for Human Dignity called the demonstration a success.
"David Irving came here with his tall between his legs," she
Letter published in
Oregonian, October 27,1994
against Irving undignified
To the Editor: I attended David Irving's
speech at the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church.
I was appalled - not by Irving's speech, which I
found intriguing, but by the conduct of members of
the Coalition for
Not only was Irving spat at, but the people who
attended were yelled at, called names, threatened
with physical harm and, yes, even threatened with
The last time I checked the dictionary for the
definition of dignity it stated that dignity is the
state or quality of being excellent, worthy or
honorable. The Coalition for Human Dignity
displayed none of