Accused Holocaust denier David Irving getting fan mail in jail, lawyer says |

Accused Holocaust denier David Irving getting fan mail in jail, lawyer says

VIENNA, Austria – Right-wing British historian David Irving, who has been jailed in Austria pending trial next month on charges of denying the Holocaust occurred, has been writing his memoirs and receiving fan mail, his lawyer said Friday.A Vienna court ruled again Friday that Irving, 67, must remain in detention at least until his trial starts on Feb. 20, rejecting defense attorney Elmar Kresbach’s offer to post $24,500 bail. The court said he was a flight risk.Irving had begun writing his memoirs and receiving 200 to 300 pieces of fan mail a week from Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand and many European countries, Kresbach said.Irving was arrested Nov. 11 on charges stemming from two speeches he gave in Austria in 1989 in which he was accused of denying the Nazis’ extermination of 6 million Jews. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.Friday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and people around the world somberly recalled the genocide.Within two weeks of his arrest, Irving asserted through his lawyer that he now acknowledges the existence of Nazi-era gas chambers.In Austria, suspected violations of the law banning attempts to publicly diminish, deny or justify the Holocaust are heard by an eight-member jury and three judges.In the past, Irving has claimed that Adolf Hitler knew little if anything about the Holocaust, and has been quoted as saying there was “not one shred of evidence” the Nazis carried out their “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jewish population on such a massive scale.He is the author of nearly 30 books, including “Hitler’s War,” which challenges the extent of the Holocaust, and has contended most of those who died at concentration camps such as Auschwitz succumbed to diseases such as typhus rather than execution.Vail, Colorado

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