Holocaust denial

Bishop fined for Holocaust denial in Germany

October 29, 2009

A British bishop has been fined €12,000 after a German court found him guilty of denying the Holocaust.

In an interview on Swedish TV last year, Bishop Richard Williamson claimed that only about 200,000 Jews had died in Nazi death camps.

The cleric, who had his excommunication for his right-wing views repealed by the Pope, will appeal.

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Poll: BNP leader Nick Griffin 'lied' over Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, October 29, 2009

More than two in three Britons believe Nick Griffin is a Holocaust denier despite the BNP leader’s claim to the contrary during his controversial Question Time appearance.

In a poll conducted exclusively for the JC by YouGov this week, 1,409 adults were asked if they were convinced by Griffin’s belated acceptance of the Holocaust. Sixty-nine per cent responded that “Griffin is still at heart a Holocaust denier and only pretends to have changed his views to make the BNP appear more moderate”.

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Anger as David Irving is labelled war 'expert'

September 3, 2009

Convicted Holocaust denier David Irving is being cited as an expert on World War Two by a Spanish newspaper.

El Mundo included him as part of a series to commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the beginning of the War. The article will be published on Saturday, a day after one with the chairman of Yad Vashem, Avner Shalev.

Mr Irving was jailed in Austria because of his denial of the Holocaust.

Raphael Schutz, the Israeli ambassador to Spain, condemned the decision in a letter to the newspaper. He said that the interview giave him undue credibility.

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Dutch cartoon mocks the Holocaust

September 2, 2009

An Arab group which published a cartoon denying the Holocaust may be prosecuted in the Netherlands.

The Dutch public prosecutor’s office said the cartoon insults Jews and is an illegal form of discrimination. It plans to bring charges, one of which may be for "insulting a group and distributing an insulting image".

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Denier Fredrick Toben jailed in Australia

By Dan Goldberg, August 20, 2009

Dr Fredrick Toben, the Holocaust denier who avoided extradition from Britain to Germany last year, is finally behind bars in Australia.

Toben, 65, the director of the Adelaide Institute in South Australia, was found guilty in May on 24 counts of contempt of a 2002 court order to remove antisemitic material from his website.

This included claims that gas chambers did not exist at Auschwitz and that the Holocaust was “a lie”.

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Amazon.de sued over Holocaust denial books

By Jessica Elgot, July 27, 2009

The American Jewish Committee is to sue the German arm of online books giant Amazon for selling more than 50 Holocaust denial books or books which "trivialise" the Nazis.

Deidre Berger, AJC's German director said: "It is unacceptable that books are for sale on Amazon.de that normally are only available under the counter in far-right extremist shops.

"We cannot let the spread of internet sales erode laws that ban Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred of minorities in Germany."

The organisation has filed a lawsuit with the state prosecutor in Munich to remove the books

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Toben jailed in landmark Shoah case

By Dan Goldberg, May 27, 2009

A revisionist historian living in Australia has been sentenced to three months in prison for refusing to remove Holocaust denial material and other antisemitic vitriol from his website.

Fredrick Toben, the director of the notorious Adelaide Institute, was sentenced in the Federal Court of South Australia for breaching a 2002 court order to remove offensive material that denied the Holocaust, doubted the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz and vilified Jews.

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Anti-racism law drafted

By Thomas Land, May 21, 2009

Hungary is to introduce legislation outlawing Holocaust denial and any public expression of racism within weeks.

The move follows an upsurge in racist violence, described by Interior Minister Tibor Draskovics as “political terrorism”. This includes the murder and attempted murder of several Gypsies and a recent neo-Nazi demonstration on Holocaust Remembrance Day, during which speakers said the Holocaust was a myth. They spoke under a giant placard proclaiming that “The truth will make free”, a reference to the Auschwitz sign “Arbeit macht frei” (Work brings freedom).

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Facebook bans some Holocaust-denial groups, but not all

By Dan Goldberg, May 14, 2009

Facebook, the social networking website, has removed two online groups promoting Holocaust denial.

The development on Monday came despite spokesman Barry Schnitt suggesting last week that the website would only ban users viewing such groups in countries where Holocaust denial is a criminal offence, such as Israel and Germany.

Members of the two banned groups — titled “The Holocaust is a Holohoax” and “Based on Facts… There Was No Holocaust” — were using Facebook as “a forum to promote hate”, Schnitt said.

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Denier jailed

April 29, 2009

A right-wing author was convicted last week of promoting Nazi ideas and Holocaust denial.

An Austrian court sentenced Gerd Honsik to five years in prison. He had been found guilty of similar charges in 1992 but fled abroad.

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