Lithuania is planning to blacklist infamous Holocaust denier and antisemite David Irving. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius made it clear that “Holocaust denial and praising Adolf Hitler is a crime in Lithuania.”
“Persons who spread these ideas are not welcome in our country,” Linkevicius said, adding that he was going to speak with the migration department to officially blacklist Irving, who may attempt to visit the EU country at some point later this year.
The well-known British Holocaust denier and self-proclaimed Hitler expert announced on his website that he was planning “an exclusive tour of historic Nazi sites in Poland [in] September 2019.”
In 2010 and 2015, Irving, who is now 80, led similar tours to World War II sites in Poland, including the Treblinka death camp and other Holocaust sites, a move which was viewed as extremely controversial.
In 2006, Irving served time in an Austrian jail for Holocaust denial. He is also famous for losing a 1996 libel lawsuit against Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt, who described him as a Holocaust denier.
He authored the book Hitler’s War in which he attempted to minimise both Nazi atrocities and Hitler’s responsibility for them.
Irving claimed that Hitler was not aware of the programme to exterminate the Jews and retained his credibility as a historian.
Over time, this claim evolved into full-blown Holocaust denial, saying that there was no evidence to prove the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz.