Austrian prosecutors file Holocaust denial charges against historian David Irving

By The Associated Press


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VIENNA, Austria - Austrian prosecutors on Tuesday filed charges against British historian David Irving for allegedly violating an Austrian law that makes Holocaust denial a crime, a prosecutor said.

Irving, an expert on the Third Reich who has claimed that Adolf Hitler knew nothing about the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews, was detained November 11 in the southern province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989 that makes Holocaust denial a crime.

"A charge was filed in relation to two speeches in 1989 in which he denied the existence of gas chambers," prosecutor Otto Schneider said.

The charges stemmed from speeches Irving delivered that year in Vienna and in the southern town of Leoben.