The value of laws against Holocaust denial

By Efraim Zuroff

With his arrest in Austria two weeks ago for having denied the Holocaust in 1989, David Irving has once again proved that he is undoubtedly the denial industry’s most high-profile and therefore dangerous activist. While the imprisonment, deportation and trial of fellow-denier Ernst Zundel (of German origin, but a resident of Canada for decades), who is facing a stiff prison term in Germany, merited scant attention in the international media, every minor development regarding Irving’s incarceration in Vienna has been reported on at length, and his case has aroused a serious debate on the sagacity of the laws prohibiting Holocaust denial. Full story.