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Yid Vid: David Irving Does New York

By Daniel Treiman

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Max Blumenthal, scourge of conservative conferences, turns his camera toward Holocaust denier David Irving, who recently swung by New York City for a stop on his American speaking tour. Blumenthal doesn’t have to work too hard to make his subject look ridiculous:

Irving spoke in a room at an Upper East Side church basement, but the church’s pastor told Blumenthal that event organizers were less than above-board. “Someone made a reservation to have a discussion of a book. The name was not David Irving. We knew nothing about it. We thought it would be just something nice for the community,” he explained. “And it turns out that it was David Irving. We were completely deceived. And really we’re outraged, because we do not cater to that kind of bigotry, and I’m really sorry that this happened.”

My favorite Irving quote from the video: “Adolf Hitler was being kept out of the loop and was probably not at all antisemitic by the time the war began.” Or maybe this one, on the origins of World War II: “Hitler wanted a little war, but it got out of hand.”

Blumenthal also scored some hits on professional contrarian (and Blumenthal family foe) Christopher Hitchens over his seemingly odd relationship with Irving (also discussed in passing here).

For another report on the Irving event, see this article from The New York Sun (for which Blumenthal is the main source).



Comments
Adele Hammerman Fri. Aug 1, 2008

How scary it is to see how easily people are duped and how ignorant and dangerous mass-think can be. The followers of Irving display their lack of accurate historical knowledge and display a desire to think ill of Jews and others that are not like them. They wear their ignorance and do not realize how pathetically stupid their ideas sound to intelligent and educated people.

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