En février dernier, David Irving a été condamné à 3 ans de prison ferme en Autriche, en vertu de la loi prohibant les activités nazies. A cette occasion Deborah Lipstadt a déclaré:
I am uncomfortable with imprisoning people for speech. Let him go and let him fade from everyone's radar screens.(Dans la suite de l' interview, elle exprime son opposition de principe aux lois mémorielles:
Generally, I don't think Holocaust denial should be a crime," she says. "I am a free speech person, I am against censorship. I don't find these laws efficacious. I think they turn Holocaust denial into forbidden fruit, and make it more attractive to people who want to toy with the system or challenge the system.Avec cependant une exception pour les pays qui furent le coeur du système nazi:
We don't have laws against other kinds of spoken craziness. If you're a medical quack and you hurt someone, there's a law against that. But if you're a medical quack and you stand on the street corner preaching that you have an elixir that cures cancer and saves lives, no one throws you in jail.
Germany and Austria are not so far past the Third Reich. So I can understand that the swastika symbol, Mein Kampf, Holocaust denial, being a neo-Nazi and all the rest have a certain potency there that they would not have in the United States. And Austria is a democracy. If the citizens of Austria were against these laws, they could change them. Austria and Germany are different, but I would not support those laws being instituted elsewhere.source: BBC NEWS.)
La plus grosse partie de la peine de David Irving a été commuée en sursis en appel suite à quoi il a été expulsé d'Autriche la semaine dernière. Voir le commentaire de DL sur son blogue.
(via Marc Kravetz)