Initially canceled at its original venue due to a phone jam initiated by Anti-Racist Action, Holocaust revisionist David Irving was able to dupe yet another New York City venue into hosting his hateful speaking tour. thanks to the great investigative work of members of Anti-Racist Action and our friends, we were able to properly greet David Irving and his fascist guests when they arrived at their back-up location – St. Stephen of Hungary Parish, 414 East 82nd. (…) Arriving outside Primavera Restaurant at 6:30pm, we immediately noticed two people redirecting people from the restaurant to a location down the street. Not being very bright, these two Irving supporters were more then happy to inform ARA members were the talk was actually happening. We proceeded down the block to St. Stephen of Hungary Parish, but not before confronting the redirect people – taking their clipboard and fliers, and chasing them away from outside of the restaurant. With that taken care of, we then concentrated our efforts on the church. Immediately upon arriving at the church, we took down the signs outside announcing Irving’s lecture, closed the doors and positioned ourselves in front of the entrance. As the first people began to arrive, we informed them that the David Irving event had been canceled. Some people tried to force their way past us, all with no results. One person – so angered by our presence – resorted to pushing and shoving and typical neo-Nazi insults – “communist,” “homosexual” and so on. He even (tried) to grab at the camera we were using to take the picture of every person entering the event, and when that did not work, he (tried) spitting on him. (…) Once across the street, we took the opportunity to inform neighbors and passer-bys just what was going on at the church. We passed out hundreds of fliers, and talked to many, many people. Community members were outraged that a neo-Nazi was speaking in their neighborhood, and even angrier that St. Stephen’s Parish had afforded such a notorious fascist a public platform. As David Irving’s event came to a close, the counter-protest got loud again. Chant of “Nazis out! Nazis out! This is our community!” and “Death, death, death to the fascists! Power, power, power to the people” could be heard echoing throughout this Upper Eastside neighborhood.
siehe auch: Freedom of Speech, Satire, and Revisionist History… Walking home on the Upper East Side on Wednesday night, I saw a cluster of ten policemen and two patrol cars. It seemed quite unusual for a customarily innocuous and quiet block. They were standing at the door to a church, one that is respected in the community for its school and other activities. “What’s going on?” I asked. The officer pointed across the street. There was a small group of people with signs. “Demonstration,” he announced. “We got a 911 call.” I crossed over to get a better look at their posters. “NO TO NAZIS.” “What’s going on?” I inquired. “David Irving, the Holocaust denier, is in that church giving a lecture. We’re here to say he’s unwelcome,” replied a woman. “Who is we?” I asked. “We’re here as individuals,” she said, “but we’re part of a broader anti-racist action group. We confront all neo-Nazis and all Fascists.” (…) A woman who had traveled from Brooklyn to hear Irving was at first hesitant to speak, but then became quite willing to share her thoughts. “I wanted to hear another point-of-view,” she said. “I’m tired of the PC crap.” When I asked her to clarify she said, “The six million Jews … no way that many were killed.” I asked her how many she thought had died. “Under two million,” she said flatly. “Listen,” she continued, “Look at the numbers that came crawling forward looking for their lost land and art, seeking restitution.” She then expounded on some of her other ideas. “This whole thing with Anne Frank … she wasn’t shot or gassed. She died of typhus.” When I suggested that it might have been the result of being imprisoned in a concentration camp she responded, “She wasn’t even there that long.” In an effort to be clear she emphasized, “I’m a lover of history, all history. I want people to just report the facts … and this man has a lot of facts.”