British historian David Irving has had his conviction for denying the Holocaust upheld by the Austrian Supreme Court. But another court has yet to rule on his appeal against a three-year jail term, which he is serving in Vienna.
The 68-year-old was imprisoned after pleading guilty at a one-day trial in Vienna on 20 February. During the trial, Mr Irving said he now believed Jewish people had been gassed during World War II. He had previously admitted in court that in 1989, he denied that Nazi Germany had killed millions of Jews. The historian was also on trial for claiming the November 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom, when Nazis attacked and torched thousands of Jewish businesses and synagogues, was not the work of Nazis but of others who had dressed up as stormtroopers.
He said Adolf Hitler had attempted to protect the Jews. Mr Irving was found guilty by an eight-person jury. The second ruling, at a regional tribunal, is not expected for at least two months.
More on this for German-readers in Die Welt. Only last week, the nutzis were predicting his early release and confidence that the verdict would be overturned. It seems they got it wrong.
This blog's position is very simple: Irving should have been convicted, but given a suspended sentence and booted out of the country. Whatever one thinks of the Austrian law, Irving was in violation of it. Whether the appeals court ruling on his sentence will decide that enough time has been served, or follow the prosecution in seeking an increase in the sentence, remains to be seen.