ADL Reacts to the Sentencing of Holocaust Denier David Irving

New York, NY, February 20, 2006 … While acknowledging that America’s constitutional system bars prosecution for hate speech, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed understanding for the Austrian court decision to sentence Holocaust denier David Irving to a three-year prison term.

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“Considering Austria’s history during the Nazi period, the existence of laws against expressing Holocaust denial is understandable,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. “Irving is a key figure in efforts to legitimize Holocaust denial. At a time when the President of Iran is spreading this message of hate that Irving has propagated, the Austrian court has sent an unmistakable and important message