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Well, that certainly didn’t take long

Ever since arch Holocaust denier David Irving was released from prison in Austria after being convicted of denying the Holocaust, I’ve been wondering how long it would take for him to reveal his true stripes and be up to his old tricks again.

The answer, not surprisingly, was: Not long. Witness this story:

ROME — British historian David Irving, who was jailed in Austria for questioning the Holocaust, visited the Auschwitz death camp and renewed his claim that there was no proof it had gas chambers during an Italian TV program aired Friday.

In the Sky TG24 documentary program “Controcorrente” (Countercurrent), Irving is filmed walking down the remains of railroad tracks in the former death camp in southern Poland as he insists that engineering techniques back his claims that mass gassings by the Nazis during World War II didn’t occur there.

His comments were voiced over in Italian.

In Poland, Jaroslaw Mensfelt, spokesman for the Auschwitz museum, told The Associated Press that they heard that Irving probably was there one or two weeks ago, but they did not see him.

“He is a persona non grata here,” Mensfelt said. “It would be best if he never came here. Such people desecrate the place and are not welcome.”

Poland prosecutes Holocaust deniers.

Earlier this year, Irving told Sky in an interview that there was no doubt the Nazis killed millions of Jews, but said the killings did not take place at Auschwitz.

First off, it irks me to no end that the press continues to refer to David Irving as a “historian.” He is nothing of the sort. He is a pseudohistorian who twists historical records to suit his Holocaust denial, as was documented in such detail in Richard J. Evans’ Lying About Hitler. More importantly, though, it’s useful to know that David Irving hasn’t changed one whit.

He’s still a die-hard Holocaust denier.

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