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Controversial historian offers 'set the record straight' tours of Nazi death camps

David Irving, who has been jailed for his claims that there were no gas chambers in the Third Reich, plans to offer €1,750 tours of death camps.

THE CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH historian, David Irving – who was sentenced to three years in jail in Austria for his claims that there were no gas chambers in the Third Reich, but later recanted – is planning to run a series of tours to ‘set the record straight’ on the holocaust.

Tourists from Britain, Germany, Australia and America have paid €1,750 each, excluding flights, to accompany Irving on his tour, which includes visits to the Treblinka extermination camp, Hitler’s Eastern Front headquarters at Ketrzyn in north-eastern Poland, and a bunker once used by the SS commander Heinrich Himmler.

Irving plans to include a visit to Treblinka, where an estimated 800,000 people died, because it was a “real death camp”. He recently described Auschwitz as a “Disney-style” tourist site complete with fake watchtowers.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Irving plans to show “those who believe that not a hair was harmed on the head of the Jewish community that you couldn’t be more wrong.”

He described people who branded him a Holocaust denier as “criminal, lying lunatics”, saying:

There is no question that the Nazis killed millions of people in these camps.

But Dr Rafal Pankowski, of the Never Again Association, which campaigns against racism and anti-Semitism, said Irving’s Polish trip was “unacceptable and offensive to the memory of the victims” of the war.

Here, David Irving talks about his childhood admiration for Adolf Hitler and insists he’s never been a Holocaust denier:

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