A group representing Holocaust survivors is calling on New York institutions to boycott Holocaust-denier David Irving, who is planning a visit to the Big Apple over the weekend.

As part of a nationwide tour, Irving has been crisscrossing the United States, planning a stop in New York on November 14. The date was announced on Irving’s Web site. In what has become a common practice, those interested in attending were encouraged to purchase tickets online with the promise that they would be notified about the location several hours before the event.

“He has said repeatedly, he’s determined to make this New York appearance. It’s particularly offensive because this is the largest community of Holocaust survivors,” said Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, which represents 80,000 families nationwide.

Steinberg said he had been alerted to Irving’s speaking tour by Holocaust survivors and their relatives around the country, who had called him and said Irving was making appearances in their hometowns.

“It is a big deal. Second only to Iran’s Ahmadinejad, this is about as offensive as you can get to Holocaust survivors,” Steinberg said.

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