SYDNEY, Australia (Aug. 15)
Responding to protests by the leadership of Australia’s Jewish community, a television station in Adelaide has canceled the showing of a film produced by what a station spokesman described as “neo-Nazi apologists.”
Adelaide’s Community and Educational Television station had originally defended its decision to schedule the film, “A Search for Truth in History,” saying that the station, a public-access outlet, had “a charter to reflect the view of the total community, including extreme views.”
The film features English Holocaust denier David Irving arguing that the facts of the Nazi Holocaust are myths created by the Diaspora and the State of Israel for propaganda purposes.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the umbrella organization of the Australian Jewish community, wrote to the station to express the Jewish community’s “strongest possible objection to having your station serve as a vehicle for the broadcast of what appears to be neo-Nazi propaganda.”
In a statement issued Sunday, the station called the film “a denigration of the Holocaust” and said the it would not allow the channel to “incite racial acrimony.”
Jack Hines, a Jewish communal official, welcomed the decision, saying the film “had every chance of inciting hatred” and would have been “most distressing for Adelaide’s Jewish community.”