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article imageHolocaust denier plans $2,500 tour of Nazi, WWII sites

By Andrew Moran     Sep 22, 2010 in World
Warsaw - British historian and Holocaust denier, David Irving, has planned a large tour in Poland for a "chance to see real history." One of the planned site visits is the Treblinka death camp and the local headquarters of Adolf Hitler.
In 2006, Austria imprisoned British historian David Irving for denying the Holocaust. Four years later, according to the Associated Press, the author of several books is planning a massive tour in Poland to see some of the infamous World War Two sites, including the Treblinka death camp and various other Nazi-related locations.
On Tuesday, Irving was in the Polish capital of Warsaw and said he plans to stay in the country until Sept. 29 but wouldn’t discuss the specific dates and locations of his tour because of “security reasons.” One of his visits will be at the former local headquarters of Adolf Hitler, “Wolf’s Lair.”
However, Irving and his tour group will not be traveling to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp because it has become too much of a “Disney-style tourist destination.” Irving claims there are too many hotels, hotdog stands and fake items for sale.
Comparison between Hitler and Wilders
Comparison between Hitler and Wilders
In a brochure on his website, Focal Point Publications, Irving described the tour as an “unforgettable journey” and a chance to witness “real history.” He also described himself as an “Adolf Hitler expert.”
Irving explained that the tour has become so popular that he had to turn away many people. The trip is estimated to cost $2,500, excluding the airfare: “We have guests from France, Belgium, Australia, England and the United States and Germany. We have a lot of people, sufficient to make it full, we can't take any more but in two year's time we'll probably have twice as many.”
On Wednesday, Polish Jewish leaders denounced Irving’s visit and an anti-racist group called for justice against Irving, according to Reuters. Piotr Kadlcik, leader of the Polish Jewish community, stated that the ideas put forth by Irving are “absurd” and “absolutely unacceptable.”
Haaretz reports that the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has denied Irving’s tour and “proper actions” will be taken if Irving makes remarks that deny or downplay the horrid history of Auschwitz.
“We cannot allow statements that harm the memory of the victims,” said museum spokesperson, Bartosz Bartyzel.
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