Holocaust Denier Denied?

At the moment I don’t believe that holocaust denier David Irving will be appearing in Jackson – this press release (via the Jackson Free Press (the “hippie newspaper quoted therein) by Richard Barrett seems to say otherwise:

IRVING DISASSOCIATES FROM JACKSON ITINERARY

JACKSON – David Irving, the British anti-Communist historian,scheduled for appearances in Jackson, Mississippi, October 20-21, 2009, has communicated his “disassociation” from his itinerary, which his host has accepted. Irving-assistant Jaenelle Antas wrote to Richard Barrett:

“Mr. Irving is concerned that you are doing things without consulting him. The press-release contained inaccuracies he would have liked to
correct. The way things are going, it seems likely there will be serious consequences which Mr. Irving has to avoid. He must not be associated, even indirectly, with any group of any kind.”

Barrett responded to Antas, saying that “here is the Itinerary for Mr. Irving, as I had set it up. Since I am no longer involved, you may wish to contact those concerned, individually, if you
wish to proceed, on your own. I will not be taking part in or attending any such events, if you choose to go ahead, in any manner which you see fit.

Irving had been scheduled for an interview with Jerry Mitchell of the “Clarion-Ledger,” Rhonda Cooper of the “Jackson-Advocate,”Richard Barrett of “All The Way” and Adam Lynch of the “Jackson
Free Press.” He was to have held a news-conference and speech at Jackson City Hall, as well as interviews with Charles Evers over WMPR, Kim Wade over WJNT and Paul Gallo over WFMN. The BBC was, also, to have covered his City-Hall address.

That was October the 15th. THEN –

DAVID IRVING’S STIFF-UPPER-LIP

He had a reputation for being brusque and, even, eccentric. But no one had expected that the British “stiff-upper-lip” of anti-Communist
historian David Irving would be quite so “stiff” by Southern-hospitality standards. Nationalists had scheduled Irving to appear in anti-Communist Mississippi to tout his book, “All Banged Up.” However, it was his hosts, who were footing his accommodations, that got a bit banged up.

Shortly before the event, Irving’s assistant, Jaenelle Antas, told her hosts that “Mr. Irving is concerned that you are doing things without
consulting him. The press release contained inaccuracies he would have liked to correct. The way things are going, it seems likely there will be serious consequences which Mr. Irving has to avoid. He must not be associated, even indirectly, with any group of any kind.”

Stuart Rockoff had told reporters that Jews, who had orchestrated Irving’s arrest in Europe, were all “abuzz” over the Irving-itinerary. A local hippie newspaper had characterized Irving as “unpopular.” Faced with Irving’s ambivalence over the planned Jackson City Hall venue, Nationalists suggested that Irving set up his own agenda and conduct his own interviews. Talk-shows had offered to do telephone-hook-ups, if Irving did not wish to be in-studio. Irving had been slated to, also, be interviewed by “All The Way.” However, Antas announced that “it was better for us to part ways.” She condemned her hosts for being “very unprofessional.”

This seems pretty par for the course for Irving. Speaking for, and then denying any connection with, racist groups is a common tactic of his. If he needs to sell books, they’ll buy them. If he needs to seem “respectable,” then he distances himself from them.

That said, I am still not certain on the appearance. I know that Irving has “reserved spots” available onhis website for 6 PM in Jackson, the time when, supposedly, he is going to be at City Hall.

I’m also still not certain if he’ll be on the radio – waiting on some returned emails, there. As of my last posting on the subject, he was going to appear on SuperTalk and WTNJ

Keep posted.

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7 responses to “Holocaust Denier Denied?

  1. Regarding your superficial and biased article about David Irving: I’ve read his books and attended his lectures for years and find him an extraordinary historian, writer, researcher and lecturer. I noticed your hostile, sarcastic article about him and wondered why people who call themselves “skeptics” are invariably among the most rigidly conformist and politically correct people around.

  2. According to Adam Lynch, who supposedly has talked to Irving, directly, Irving is planning to show up at City Hall at 6 PM on the 21st and do WJNT at 5:00 PM on the 20th and Super Talk on the 21st at 7:00 AM. At least, that seems to be in the offing at the present time.

    Your analysis of the “speaking for” and then “denying connection with” is on target, from what I’ve heard, as well.

  3. jacksonskepticalsociety

    I wouldn’t exactly call the article sarcastic. You may not have seen some of the ones about creationists.

    If “personal” is correct I am indeed interested. At the very least people will be talking about the question of how we know anything at all in history.

    Maybe some of our local historians will have the wherewithal to go toe to toe (and Irving to do the same) without resorting to pointless personal attacks.

    That said I’m less than thrilled about being linked to directly from Irving’s website. I mean, say what ya will about any attention being good attention, but in this case I’m not so sure.

  4. “That said I’m less than thrilled about being linked to directly from Irving’s website.”

    Why should Irving linking to your page bother you? I wouldn’t worry that it will be perceived as having been done with your go-ahead. Irving is simply a man who writes historical books that some (many) people find interesting. When he sued Deborah Lipstadt for calling him a “holocaust denier”, Lipstadt’s researchers went through Irving’s voluminous writings with a fine-toothed comb and came up with only about a dozen items where they thought they could prove him wrong. Not such a big liar it seems. I’m sure if the Soviet Union had had the Internet, Soviet citizens would have been nervous about being linked directly to Solzhenityn’s website too.

  5. jacksonskepticalsociety

    I’m not concerned in that manner. I’m just not out to have hundreds of people per day coming in and seeing a really boring post that only rehashes a couple of press releases.

    Which is exactly what has happened.

  6. Linking in this morning from France.
    Calling David Irving a “Holocaust denier” is an act of mental freeze.
    Your own free choice.

  7. philip travers

    I don’t find David Irving boring,and is there some unknown rule of how not to be boring by posting something everyday!?Perhaps,he keeps his own Counsel,and, thus, boring or not,it is the beauty in the eye of the beholder. Not that I would get on that well with David Irving,because lately,and ever so often,I must for the sake of fighting other peoples’ generalities express my own.Luckily, for him, maybe,I haven’t been able to class Pom Historians as Poms.I think you are pretty disgusting,and lacking a sense of humour.Or even a tactic that suggests you have one.And I have no good reason to be called a anti-communist conservative Nazi-loving historian supporter. I just think Irving is genuine enough,whilst some who attack him ,are tittering on the brink of nappy rash.

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