A former MEP has claimed that British Holocaust denier David Irving should be allowed to freely visit former Nazi death camps unless it can be proven that Adolf Hitler knew about the Holocaust.
Holocaust denier Irving is planning to travel to Poland and claims on his website he intends to visit former Nazi extermination camps in Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec and Majdanek.
However, when Jacek Czaputowicz, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, was asked about Irving’s planned trip, he said: “David Irving, the British Holocaust denier will probably not be able to enter Poland due to the fact that his opinions are unacceptable from the point of view of Polish law.”
Czaputowicz emphasised that the ‘ideas and opinions’ presented by Irving are unacceptable from the point of view of Polish law, adding: “Therefore, if this person wishes to come to present such opinions, will not be accepted into Poland. This will be the decision of our government, we have already taken some steps in this matter.”
Former MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke, from the right-wing Coalition for the Renewal of the Republic – Liberty and Hope party, has now opposed the government’s plan to block Irving from entering the country.
Korwin-Mikke said: “It is not me or Mr Irving who has to prove that Hitler didn’t know about the Holocaust, it must be proved that he knew!”
Irving’s has previously been sentenced to three years in prison for Holocaust denial in Austria, of which he served 13 months.
In 2000, English High Court Judge Charles Gray found that Irving was an active Holocaust denier, antisemite and racist who “for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence”.