for Australia to bar 'Holocaust denier'
The state of Israel and
prominent British Jewish interests have
called on Australia to keep its doors
barred to historian David Irving in
the wake of the collapse of his libel
trial in Britain's High Court.
Mr Justice Gray found that
Irving was an "active Holocaust denier,
that he is anti-Semitic and racist, and
that he associates with right-wing
extremists who promote neo-Nazism".
Irving had brought the
libel suit against American author
Deborah Lipstadt and publisher
Penguin Books to defend his academic
reputation but now faces financial ruin.
He said Ms Lipstadt's book
Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth
and Memory, branded him a
"Holocaust denier" and accused him of
distorting the truth of what happened in
Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.
But Justice Gray found that Irving has
"for his own ideological reasons
persistently and deliberately
misrepresented and manipulated historical
"He has portrayed Hitler in an
unwarrantedly favourable light,
principally in relation to his attitude
towards and responsibility for the
treatment of the Jews," he said.
Irving has been banned from Australia
since 1993. He is also banned from
and from using state archives in Germany.
Earlier this year, he said he was still
hoping to go to Australia to visit his
daughter who has recently acquired
Although he has been denied entry on
four previous occasions he said he had
strong legal advice the government could
not bar him from visiting a family member
who was an Australian citizen.
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