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David Irving’s Heinrich Himmler tour of the USA

The last time the Holocaust-denying historian David Irving did a speaking tour in the US, appearing at locations that were undisclosed until the last moment, a knife fight broke out between two of his neo-Nazi fans in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Well, Irving is on the road again in the States, although he seems to be taking a break until April, judging from his schedule as posted on an anti-fascist website:

February 28: Miami, FL
March 1: Orlando, FL
March 2: Savannah, GA
March 3: Columbia, SC
March 4: Raleigh, NC
March 5: Richmond, VA
March 6: Washington DC
April 9: Indianapolis, IN
April 10: St. Louis, MO
April 12: Dallas, TX
April 13: Houston, TX
April 15: San Antonio, TX
April 16: El Paso, TX
April 17: Albuquerque, NM
April 20: Las Vegas, NV
April 21: Phoenix, AZ
April 22: Sherman Oaks, CA
April 23: Orange County, CA
April 28: San Francisco, CA
April 29: Sacramento, CA
May 1: Portland, OR
May 2: Seattle, WA
May 3: Spokane, WA
May 4: Kalispell, MT
May 6: Billings, MT
May 8: Bismarck, ND
May 9: Fargo, ND
May 10: Minneapolis, MN
May 11: Madison, WI
May 12: Chicago, IL
May 13: Detroit, MI

After that he’ll speak in Amsterdam and London.

Tickets can be ordered at Irving’s website. Most of the talks feature as the topic “The Life and Death of Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s lieutenant. 44 years in 44 minutes”.

The website informs ticket buyers:

You will be notified by email of the precise venue, a few days ahead of the date of the function.

Please bring along any books you wish Mr Irving to autograph. He will also have books available for sale.

Judging from a Wikileaks release of Irving’s email in regard to his 2009 tour, he made an effort to identify Jewish ticket-buyers, as you can read at Adam Holland’s comprehensive and excellent post on David Irving in the USA.

In a 2007 interview about his book on Himmler, Irving seems to find a lot to admire about the guy, while saying he (and not Hitler) was ultimately responsible for what Irving doesn’t like to call the Holocaust– and in fact concealed it from Hitler. He suggests Himmler was not antisemitic before the war, but was driven to the mass murder of Jews by the Allied bombing of Germany.

Yes, it’s bullshit.

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