Holocaust denier David Irving leading tour of WWII sites


(JTA) – Convicted British Holocaust denier David Irving is leading a weeklong tour of World War II sites in Poland and Latvia.

The tour, which began Wednesday in Warsaw and ends Sept. 10, cost about $3,000 per person and includes Hitler’s “Wolf’s Lair” bunker headquarters and the Treblinka and Belzec death camps.

Irving, who has been barred from several countries and was jailed in 2006 in Austria, launched what he calls “Real History” tours in 2010.

“Don’t miss this lifetime adventure!” a notice for the trip on his website states. “Make up your own mind about the truth.”

A brochure posted on his website says guests will avoid the “phony allures, mass tourism and ‘reconstructions’ of present-day Auschwitz — the erstwhile slave-labor camp turned into a tourist attraction, complete with hot-dog vendors and souvenir stands!”

Speaking from Latvia, Irving told The Jerusalem Post that there were 13 people on this year’s tour  – including a Russian, three Americans, two Britons, a New Zealander, a Canadian, a Frenchman and a Swede.

Irving lost a 1996 libel suit against historian Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin Books, for her depiction of him as a Holocaust denier in her book “Denying the Holocaust.” The four-year legal battle is set to become a Hollywood movie, with Hilary Swank starring as Lipstadt.

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