David Irving Interview - Part 1 - An Independent Mind (2008)




Published on Dec 13, 2008

The English Centre of International PEN reviewed the film approvingly:

THE final interview, and arguably the most controversial, was with the historian David Irving. While he still vehemently denies accusations of racism, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, Irving conceded that he had voiced "doubts and scepticism" about Auschwitz during a speech he had given in Austria in 1989. He was arrested for attempting to reactivate the Nazi party and in trial admitted that he had denied that Nazi Germany had killed millions of Jews. In February 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison.

While in no way condoning Irving's position on the Holocaust, English PEN deplored the court's decision. "It should not be a crime in a free society to publish opinion, however poorly dressed up as fact," PEN said in a statement. "It is more important than ever that democracies deal with contentious issues through debate and ridicule rather than through suppression by law."

Similarly, Irving contended that everyone should be given a voice, no matter how contentious their opinion. "I want to visit a free Germany where everyone is free to say what they want and that every opinion can be freely held up and exposed either to acclaim or ridicule," he said. "As soon as you start saying this opinion is acceptable and that option isn't acceptable then you are degrading society, and society is losing in the long run." While Bloomstein conceded that Irving "represents something immensely troubling" he was adamant that "we have to take these people on [] Irving makes us think about the limits."