BUDAPEST (Jun. 24)
A man and woman have been arrested in the northwestern Hungarian city of Gyor for illegally promoting the mail order sale of a book that denies the Holocaust occurred.
The names of the suspects were not released. The woman is accused of renting a post office box and the man of printing leaflets soliciting orders in Hungary and abroad.
The book, titled “Freispruch Fuer Hitler” (Acquittal for Hitler) has been banned in Germany and Austria. The author and the publisher received suspended sentences of nine and six months respectively.
The book claims among other things that the Auschwitz gas chambers are “a lie of Jewish propaganda” intended to blackmail Germany and that the diary of Anne Frank is a forgery.
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has declared the attempt to disseminate the book from Hungary unlawful and contrary to the constitution.