Auschwitz museum won’t let Irving lead tour


(JTA) — The Auschwitz museum will not allow Holocaust denier David Irving to give a tour at the site of the former concentration camp. 

Irving, a British historian, cannot lead a tour group at Auschwitz because he is not a licensed tour guide, officials of Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum told the German Press Agency DPA.

Irving arrived in Poland this week to lead a tour of British and American tourists to important Nazi sites, including Hitler’s headquarters and the Treblinka death camp, as well as the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz.    

In an interview earlier this month with the British Daily Mail, Irving criticized Polish authorities for turning Auschwitz into a "money-making machine," and accused them of building fake watchtowers. He said other death camps have been neglected because they are not as "marketable" and "don’t have a Holiday Inn down the road."

Irving was jailed for Holocaust denial in Austria in 2006 for a 1989 speech in which he said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz.

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